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Capacity, Capacity, Capacity: Heavy Rail Investment through the Heart of Chicago’s Northside

Join CTA on a tour through diverse Northside neighborhoods to learn how CTA plans to integrate new infrastructure as part of the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) within an existing built up community. CTA’s busiest rail line—the Red Line—is nearing 100 years old, is at the end of its useful life, and has reached its capacity. The RPM Phase One will completely rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations and all the tracks and support structures for more than a mile adjacent to the stations. The stations will become fully ADA accessible for the first time and include wider platforms, better lighting and modern amenities. The project will also construct a bypass just north of Belmont station for northbound Brown Line trains to modernize the 100-year-old Clark junction where Red, Purple and Brown Line trains currently intersect. Learn how CTA plans to integrate this extensive infrastructure project into dense, diverse, and built up neighborhoods. The tour will make stops at Belmont station in Lakeview to view the Red-Purple Bypass area and at the Bryn Mawr station in Edgewater to explore the historic retail district. We’ll discuss historic preservation, transit oriented development, bus and pedestrian improvement, and community outreach efforts being pursued in the implementation of this project.

Modes: “L” Train, Walking


This WalkShop is supported by HNTB and T.Y. Lin