With track work due for completion later this year on the Brown and Purple line tracks between Armitage and the Loop, the CTA board last week OK'ed a $33 million contract to replace signals in the same area.
These projects combined will vastly improve the ride for the 700 trains that pass through the area each weekday.
The two Ravenswood Loop Connector projects will improve service to Brown and Purple Line Express customers on several fronts: modernizing tracks and structure that is more than 100 years old, and replacing a signal system installed in 1975 that is out of date and contributes to congestion issues that have developed from stronger-than-expected ridership growth on the Brown Line in the last decade.
Ridership on the Brown Line has grown by more than 45 percent in the last 10 years, said CTA President Dorval Carter Jr.
The $32.6 million contract is being awarded to Ragnar Benson Construction LLC. The contractor is expected to begin the design work for the signal project this fall. The project is expected to be completed by early 2018.
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