At an open house last week, the CTA shared more information on how it would construct the first phase of its proposed Red Purple Modernization project. And more importantly, how it would impact CTA riders.
The CTA shared details on 22 display boards.
Here’s the most important stuff.
- Completely reconstruct the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr stations.
- New elevators and widened stairways would increase capacity, provide ADA accessibility, and improve passenger and emergency access.
- Provide for reduced waiting times and easier boarding, since the platforms will be almost twice as wide.
- Total construction (in two phases) will be 36 to 42 months, and could start as early as 2017.
- The platform widening would take place over adjacent alleys along the east side of the alignment, where possible.
- Two properties would be acquired for permanent right-of-way and construction – 5657 and 5625 N. Broadway. Both are adjacent car dealers. These would be used as construction staging areas. The CTA would sell the portions of the sites remaining to developers after construction.
Stage 1 construction details and impacts:
- Lawrence and Berwyn stations are closed.
- Red and Purple lines will continue to run on just two tracks north and south.
- At Bryn Mawr, the southbound entrance will be on Broadway or Hollywood.
- The #81 Lawrence bus will be rerouted to serve Wilson statio
- The #92 Foster bus will be rerouted to serve an adjacent open station (either Argyle or Bryn Mawr station)
- Lawrence and Berwyn stations remain closed; Argyle station also closed
- New temporary station at Foster/Winona open
- Bryn Mawr temporary station available southbound only, northbound riders may exit at Thorndale station and ride back south to Bryn Mawr station
- Additional 5 to 9 minutes of walk time. It may be less depending on origin.
Aesthetic changes and impacts:
- Longer/wider platforms.
- Fewer columns and better sightlines in station houses.
- Piers removed from center of streets.
- Increased height of the track structure.
- Closed-deck aerial structure with noise barriers.
- Alley spanning for track widening.
- Some embankment wall removal.
During his welcoming remarks, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman said he would ask the CTA to keep Berwyn open during the first phase of the construction. A CTA spokesperson said those are the kinds of comments the CTA is soliciting in this phase.
Written comments will be accepted until May 29. Comments may be submitted either by email (LawrenceToBrynMawr@transitchicago.com) or via U.S. mail:
Chicago Transit Authority
Strategic Planning, 10th Floor
Attn: Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661
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