The CTA has solicited and accepted bids for a $57.4 million project to rehab seven of the nine Red Line rail stations from Jarvis to Lawrence. Excluded were Berwyn and Loyola.
I found the following details of the work to bid by contractors in a request for proposal that was posted early this month on the CTA's website. It has since been removed. The RFP stated funding would come from the CTA, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Authority.
The scope of the construction work includes design and construction services for the rehabilitation of the following stations:
- Bryn Mawr
The "general scope" includes:
- Track level: Trackbed slab and parapet wall ballast retainer waterproofing over viaducts, station houses, and adjacent CTA rental properties.
- Platform deck structure and foundation replacement
- Platform fixtures, furnishings and canopy improvements
- Station exterior site improvements
- Building envelope renovation
- Interior configuration improvement and finish replacement
- New utility services and rooms
- Viaduct structural repairs (excludes Lawrence)
- Cosmetic viaduct repairs and coating
The contractor must achieve substantial completion of all work on or before Feb. 28, 2013, with 50% of the work completed no later than Aug. 31,
- Tracks 1 and 2 will be out of service two separate weekends from Granville to Wilson from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m Monday.
- Tracks 1 and 2 will be out of service two separate weekends from Jarvis to Granville from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m Monday.
- Also, Track 2 will be out of service at various times in various areas on weekends and weeknights.
- Each station may be closed for one period of up to 42 consecutive calendar days in order to perform accelerated station rehab work.
- No more than four stations may be closed at the same time.
- No two adjacent stations can be closed at the same time.
All bids were due Jan. 17. There's no indication in the request for proposal about when the work is supposed to start. But methinks they better get going is they expect to finish by Feb. 28 next year.
A CTA spokesperson said she expects the CTA to announce the winning bidder and seek approval from the agency's board during the Feb. 8 meeting. She also said no final plans have been made regarding proposed station closures during the construction work "as the planning and public processes continue."
To me, this bid package indicates that the CTA already has decided to move ahead with Basic Modernization with Transfer Stations, rather than the full renovation with all new structure and stations. Since they are removing and replacing the tracks they may even be able to expand the platforms a bit, though maybe not to the full 14 feet shown on the display boards. No elevators are included in this RFP.
UPDATE: Please see this post for the CTA's clarification that this project is a "facelift" and not part of the long-term solution.
Big hat tip to Patrick B. for help on this.