In a surprise move, the CTA has announced it could begin the rebuild of four north Red Line stations and track by 2017. Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations and platforms, plus 1.3 miles of track in that vicinity, will be rebuilt.
The construction would first close the east two tracks and Lawrence and Berwyn stations for about 18 months, starting 2017. Passengers would access the Red and Purple line trains using temporary platforms at Bryn Mawr and Argyle stations.
After that, for Stage B, the west track will close for up to two years. Red and Purple Line trains will share the two newly reconstructed tracks on the east. Lawrence, Argyle, and Berwyn stations would be closed. Customers would access the Red and Purple line trains using temporary platforms at Bryn Mawr (southbound only) and Foster/Winona (both directions).
The Red Line would continue to operate 24 hours a day on about the same schedule.
The entire Red Purple Modernization project is estimated to cost nearly $2 billion. The project includes redoing the stations and track north of Belmont, plus the Belmont flyover. It is not fully funded yet.
A public hearing to review the environmental assessments is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. May 14 at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.
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