Two of the latest CTA and CDOT construction projects are both slated to begin on Monday. When you add in the next phase of the Blue Line project set to begin in the fall, that's eight total construction projects this year, either underway, planned or completed.
So you can't say the CTA is just sitting around doing nothing. Good to see they are working on these capital improvement projects.
Two projects set to begin Monday:
- Loop Link Transit Project: This "express" bus project will help ease congestion, modernize traffic flow, and improve Loop connections to neighborhoods. By improving reliability downtown, service quality will increase, benefiting neighborhoods throughout the City. The six bus lines to be included in the Loop Link project are the J14, 20, 56, 60 124 and 157.
- Construction of Washington/Wabash Loop elevated station: The $75 million station construction project will combine the century-old stations on Wabash at Randolph and at Madison. The project will provide customers with a brand new rail facility, improve Loop-train travel times, decrease operating costs and increase rail accessibility for all riders.
- Union Station Transit Center. Construction on a project related to the above two, the Union Station Transit Center, will begin later this spring, creating a new off-street CTA bus-boarding center just south of Union Station and relieving traffic congestion around the train station that serves 120,000 people each day.
These are other projects underway, scheduled to get underway this year, or completed this year
- Wilson station reconstruction. The construction phase of this $203 million project began last week. For a full year, the southbound Purple Line Express trains with share a track with the Red Line from Wilson to Belmont as the Purple Line track is demolished and rebuilt.
- Your New Blue: The next phase of this $43 million project begun in 2014 focuses on station rehab work at Addison, Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem and Cumberland. This work valued at almost $26 million will begin in the fall.
- Ravenswood Connector slow zone elimination work: The rehabilitation project is a $71.2 million investment includes the repair and replacement of components on the steel structure between the Armitage and Merchandise Mart elevated stations.
- Clark/Division Station Renovation: This $41 million project continues and should be completed this year. It includes modernizing and upgrading the existing station house’s platform, station interiors and mezzanine and a new mezzanine at LaSalle - which opened last year.
- New Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station: This $50 million station opened in February.
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