Transit accessibility upgrades and mixed-use towers


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is set to undertake complete makeovers, including elevators and escalators, of four Red Line stations on the city’s North Side, the Chicago Sun Times reported in January. The stations, at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr, are part of the US$4.7-billion Red and Purple Modernization Project that started in 2014. The makeovers, set to begin this spring, will involve closure of all four stations, but CTA plans to creat temporary openings alongside the Argyle and Bryn Mawr stops. The station makeovers, expected to complete by the end of 2024, are aimed at 100% accessibility and will focus on larger platforms and additional elevators and escalators. CTA plans to rebuild every Red and Purple line station, plus a US$320-million bypass that will carry a Brown line over the Red and Purple lines. US$250 million signal system is also planned. The Red Line is one of Chicago’s busiest train lines, carrying about 70 million riders each year.

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