Here's an update on the CTA's "Red North Station Interim Improvements" gleaned from public meetings held over the last week by the CTA and the 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman.
Bryn Mawr station improvements with CTA, TIF funds. In the original RFP for this work, the Bryn Mawr station was included in the project. Then Alderman Osterman asked the CTA to take it out and include Berwyn instead. Last week Osterman said he want a "larger scale project" at Bryn Mawr, and got a $15 million commitment from the CTA to do just that. He also plans to supplement that pot of money with Tax Increment Financing money. Osterman also promised that the station would be accessible to the disabled. Stay tuned for more on this, but don't expect to see any work till
Details on work at each station. Since I posted my original story last week on details for station closings, the CTA has published PDFs of the detail on the work at each of the seven station. So check out the extent of the work to be done at your station.
Some commercial space rehab. The CTA will do some exterior rehab of storefronts under the seven stations, including new glass and entrance doors. The repairs of the trackbed will stop water from leaking into some vacant commercial spaces, notably at Lunt and the south side of Morse. At the Jarvis station, the CTA plans to pull out two small commercial spaces on either side of the cramped station house and expand it.
New shutdown schedule for Morse, Jarvis? Speaking of Jarvis, Alderman Moore today announced he has asked the CTA to consider swapping closure dates for Morse and Jarvis. Morse is scheduled to close June 29 and Jarvis on Nov. 9. But the concern is that the summer closing will negatively impact the Glenwood Sunday Market, which is held adjacent to the L embankment between Morse and Lunt. Also, the Glenwood Arts Fest is set to begin on Morse Avenue Aug. 17, just one week after contractors are supposed to be finished at Morse. Moore is understandably concerned about work schedules slipping. The CTA made no promises to Moore except that they would look at the schedule. More on that later.
New communications systems. These seven stations will be the first to get the CTA's newest communications systems. They include and improved public address system. Workers will install the infrastructure needed to support LED monitors with next-train arrival times. Later in the year other crews will install them.