WASHINGTON — Federal dollars are being allocated to jumpstart the Red and Purple line modernization project on the Chicago Transit Authority.
The Federal Transit Administration has awarded $1.07 billion in grants to help reconstruct a section of transit lines on Chicago’s north side. The federal dollars will beef up infrastructure and expand capacity on the agency’s century-old corridors.
The bulk of the work involves track improvements north of the Belmont Station to help relieve a bottleneck at a junction between the Red, Purple and Brown lines. Renovations at four stations are also planned as part of the first phase. Crews will rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr stations to better accommodate current and projected ridership demand.
The entire corridor will see upgrades to power, track, and signal systems. The project also calls for the purchase of more than 30 new cars.
In addition to the FTA grant, the upgrades are being funded through a dedicated tax that will generate more than $620 million in additional money.
Design and engineering work will begin 2017 with construction on schedule to start in late 2018. Crews expect the first phase to take about 4 to 5 years to complete.