Because Red Line north station reconstruction is running ahead of schedule, the CTA will close the Jarvis station eight days earlier than originally planned.
Also, next week the CTA will begin construction of a power substation on the embankment about a block south of the Morse station. Both news items come courtesy of an email from 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore.
The Jarvis station will close at 10 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 1, with reopening set for Dec. 13. Alderman Moore notes this is good news, because the station now will reopen almost two weeks before the Christmas holiday.
To me, the really good news regards the construction of the substation. It will help boost the power on the track and probably reduce slow zones in that area.
The CTA will demolish the retaining wall east of the track between Pratt and Farwell and build the substation and new wall. The new substation will rise about 35 feet as measured from the street, Alderman Moore reports. View architecture renderings of the substation here, here and here.