August 2, 2019
The Chicago Transit Authority is set to begin construction for the Red-Purple Bypass this fall. The bypass, which will replace a 112-year-old junction that carries about 150,000 riders per day, is a major component of Phase One of CTA’s Red Purple Modernization (RPM) program.
“The Red—Purple Modernization Project is an important investment in the future of Chicago transit that will benefit CTA customers across our rail system, as well as surrounding communities and their long-term livelihood,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr.
CTA said the bypass will improve service reliability on the Red, Purple and Brown lines by increasing train speeds, easing overcrowding on rail cars,and providing CTA the ability to increase the number of trains it can run at peak travel periods.
The transit authority is finalizing construction start dates with the project’s contractor, Walsh-Fluor Design Build Team.
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