The CTA board on Wednesday approved a $57.4 million contract for a "facelift" at seven stations on the north end of the Red Line within the next year. CTA Tattler reported this story exclusively last week, with one big change from the original request for proposals: Berwyn will get the upgrade, not Bryn Mawr.
The CTA stressed this project is not part of the Red Purple Modernization project, which is currently in early planning stages. Ironically, one of the plans in the RPM project calls for closing three of the stations slated for a facelift - Jarvis, Thorndale and Lawrence. The other stations are Morse, Granville, Berwyn and Argyle.
Elements of the facelift include viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes. No elevators will be installed.
Stations will close for up to six weeks, but no two adjacent stations will be closed at the same time. Services reroutes and track closures will occur overnight and on weekends. The CTA expects to have the work completed at all stations by early next year.
Funding for the station rehabilitation project is from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and is part of the $1 billion Red Line investment project. That $1 billion capital investment is a combination of state, local and federal funds, which will support other Red Line projects including: track and station renewal along the Dan Ryan branch; the rebuilding of the Clark/Division and Wilson stations; and several other track, substation and station renewal projects along the North Main Line branch.