(Guest post for CTA Tattler by Patrick Barry.)
CTA leaders and a dozen elected officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Patrick Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, lined up behind the Red North Interim Station Improvements project on Friday in Rogers Park.
The seven-station project will total $86 million that CTA will spend on track and station work in a contract with Kiewit Infrastructure Company.
The facelifts will include new concrete platforms, lighting, electrical work and furniture at track level; viaduct repairs and track replacement to eliminate leaking into the stationhouses and retail stores; and refurbished stationhouses with new doors and windows, floors, turnstiles and finishes. Security cameras will also be upgraded, said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“After 100 years, it’s time for a facelift for these stations,” said Emanuel, noting that the project is just part of a $1 billion commitment to renewal on the Red Line that will support 4,700 jobs over the next three years.
CTA President Forrest Claypool said the seven North Side stations were chosen for first-phase work because they are “the worst on the CTA system.” The Granville station will be the first to close, on June 1, for six weeks. The last closure, Jarvis, is scheduled for Nov. 9. At some points more than one station will be closed, but no two adjacent will close at the same time.
“With any kind of progress you’ll have some kind of pain,” Claypool said, “but we will try to minimize it.”
Emanuel said the second phase of the project will include work on the Addison, Loyola, Wilson, Sheridan and Bryn Mawr stations.
Read details on work and closure times for each station at the CTA’s website.
The press conference took place steps from the Morse station at Mayne Stage, with 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore presiding."