Category: Red-Purple Line modernization

Wilson station design: sleek, bold, neighborhood-changing

The main entrance, on the south side of Wilson, will have a 22-foot glass curtain wall. Rendering courtesy of CTA.
More than 170 individuals turned out for the CTA Open House at Truman College Thursday night to view and discuss design proposals for the $203 million rebuild of the Wilson Red Line station. The designs are sleek and ambitious. By reconfiguring the entire track structure and taking advantage of available space between the historic terracotta... Read more »

CTA meetings set for Wilson station reconstruction, Western BRT alternatives

Rendering of restored Gerber Building looking north on Broadway from Wilson
Here’s a rundown of some important CTA public meetings coming up over the next few weeks: Wilson station reconstruction. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Where: main lobby, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. What: An open house to gather public input on details and renderings of the proposed reconstructed Wilson Red Line station. Scope... Read more »

News pickup: Expanded 31st St. bus service; Train Tracker at all stations

Here are a few other news items of interest from last week’s CTA board meeting. Experimental 31st Street Bus Service. The CTA will test extending the #35 31st/35th busy to serve 31st Street between Kedzie and Cicero beginning this fall. The Little Village neighborhood has been asking for more bus service since it was eliminated... Read more »
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Dan Ryan job like “ripping off the Band-Aid,” says Claypool

Dan Ryan job like “ripping off the Band-Aid,” says Claypool
CTA President Forrest Claypool sat down with a few transit-oriented bloggers today for a wide-ranging conversation about ridership trends, slow zones and what Bus Rapid Transit will look like in Chicago. Since the various Red Line projects are in the news these days, we’ll start with that. Stand by for other topics in future posts.... Read more »

Vote for your choice on the CTA Red Purple Modernization project

Take a moment to vote for your preference on the Red Purple Modernization alternatives. I took the liberty of excluding the “No Action” alternative because that’s just dumb. Read details about Modernization with Station Consolidation. Read details about Modernization without Station Consolidation. Basic Rehab with Transfer Stations means strategic repairs to reach the most basic... Read more »

CTA board OKs $57 million "facelift" on 7 north Red Line stations

The CTA board on Wednesday approved a $57.4 million contract for a “facelift” at seven stations on the north end of the Red Line within the next year. CTA Tattler reported this story exclusively last week, with one big change from the original request for proposals: Berwyn will get the upgrade, not Bryn Mawr. The... Read more »
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Details on Red Purple Modernization with station consolidations

Here are the details on Modernization with some station Consolidations: On the Purple Line (see map in gallery): The Foster and South Boulevard stations would be closed, or “consolidated” in CTA-speak. New auxiliary entrances would open at Gaffield (Noyes), Church (Davis), Greenwood (Dempster), and Madison (Main). 16 of 20 slow curves would be straightened. New... Read more »

New Red-Purple choices: No subway, modernization with and without station closings

Feb. 7: The CTA updated the alternatives for the currently unfunded Red Purple Modernization project.
Forget about a new subway north of Addison. But station closings are still possible as part of the revised CTA’s Red Purple Modernization plans. Where once there were six alternatives, three of them have been eliminated, and a fourth one added basic on public input from meetings last year. The CTA this week held two... Read more »

Details on Red Purple Modernization without station consolidation

Here are the details on Modernization without Consolidation This is the new alternative, no doubt a reaction to a big outcry from Rogers Park residents who oppose the closing of the Jarvis station. On the Purple Line (see map in gallery): Three new auxiliary entrances would be added at Church (Davis), Greenwood (Dempster), and Madison... Read more »
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CTA: Red Line rehab work is interim "facelift" - not part of Red-Purple project

This afternoon I got a note from a CTA media spokesperson further clarifying the nature of the seven-station Red Line rehab project I reported on yesterday. “The work outlined in the RFP is intended to be a life extension/interim-facelift project aimed at improving service and enhancing rider experience until a long-term solution is determined. The... Read more »