Morse Red Line station to reopen Friday as CTA promised

The Morse Red Line station will reopen late Friday evening, just as the CTA promised when it closed for a six-week rehab on June 29.

The Rogers Park neighborhood around Morse has been abuzz about whether work crews would finish in time to reopen the second of seven stations slated for rehab this summer and fall under the Red North Interim Improvement project. The answer is, crews won’t completely finish the project, but the station will reopen, and that’s what really matters to the almost 4,500 people who board daily at Morse and Lunt.

I took a cruise past the platform level today and saw workers hastily finishing electrical hookups and stairway shelters. By my estimation, before the rehab is completely finished, it will have taken the most total man hours to complete of any the seven total stations. That’s because of the leaky track bed that had to be totally replaced at the beginning of the project in June. Also, the station probable has the most square footage of commercial space at both Morse and Lunt.

Since I live near the Morse stop, I’ve been chronicling the progress here pretty closely. Some other photo sets:

CTA street closings around Morse Red Line surprise Rogers Park – and alderman

CTA admits “miscommunication” on Morse street closings, apologizes to Rogers Park community

Photos of new track work at Morse “L”

CTA contractors replace Lunt viaduct parapet

CTA to expand Morse station house during rehab

Workers lay new track at Morse Red Line station lickety-split

Here’s what an empty CTA rail bed looks like

“Before” photos of Morse CTA station; closes for rehab late Friday

More “before” photos of Morse CTA station: exterior, station house

Morse closes Friday: Here’s how the CTA will improve station

Heavy lifting begins on CTA Morse station rehab

Tour of inspection: Red Line rehab progress at Jarvis, Morse and Granville

CTA to demolish storefront near Lunt entrance to Morse Red Line station

Random scenes from the Morse rehab.


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  • From your pix, it's obvious that there's going to be big changes at Morse. The wooden platform is gone, replaced by concrete & so are the ancient stairway shelters.

    But, I finally used the Granville station last week & I didn't see anything different from before except that the stair treads had been replaced.
    Oh the platform was cleaner, but nothing else seemed different except that someone had graffitied the steel posts for the canopy at the south end of the platform.
    It sure looked like a massive waste of money.

  • I hope they plan on removing a lot of slow zones in coordination with this work. There have been net additions for slow zones every month this year. The total % is getting close to 13% of total track now.

  • In reply to chris:

    Well, at least for 6 months or so.

  • In reply to chris:

    Chris, they've certainly replaced all the track, ties and ballast adjacent to the station on all four tracks. But all of the other slow zones will not necessarily be fixed under the North Red line interim improvement project. Read my June slow zone update:

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    The conclusions in the last cited piece probably have to be reevaluated in light of the new transportation bill. As best as I can tell, the new version of section 5309 doesn't eliminate the bureaucratic consultancy process.

    The irony of the last conclusion in that article is that until such time as they ever get funding for a scaled back RPM, slow zones are eliminated where the train has to stop. In short, not eliminated in a practical sense of actually speeding up the ride.

  • In reply to jack:

    According to the Tribune CTA just got this message, as the scope of the North Red Line project is being enlarged to take the slow zones into account.

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