The CTA last week was promised $156 million in federal funds to begin engineering on Phase 1 of the Red-Purple Modernization project. And another $125 million for the huge project was included in President Obama’s 2017 budget.
While the latter is not a certainty, the former will push the $2.1 billion Phase 1 project into engineering, the next major stage that immediately precedes the start of construction.
Phase 1 includes four Red Line station reconstructions (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr), reconstruction of track structure and viaducts (including some that are more than 100 years old), and the construction of a rail bypass north of Belmont station designed to increase rail capacity and alleviate train congestion.
The CTA’s next steps for the RPM project include finalizing the funding plan for Phase 1, which will include a mix federal and local funding sources, applying for federal project funding, and selecting a contractor to design and build the project.
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