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Added Nov 07 2017

The CTA is in the planning stages of Phase 1 of the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project. The ambitious project will completely overhaul the line between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr Avenues including new tracks, support structures/bridges, ADA-compliant stations with wider platforms, better lighting and advanced safety features. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in conjunction with the […]

Original article
http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/red-line-rebuild-nearing-cta-hold-meeting-discuss-post-construction-strategy
Date published
November 7, 2017
    With Red Line Rebuild Nearing, CTA To Hold Meeting To Discuss Post-Construction Strategy
    The CTA is in the planning stages of Phase 1 of the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project. The ambitious project will completely overhaul the line between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr Avenues including new tracks, support structures/bridges, ADA-compliant stations with wider platforms, better lighting and advanced safety features.
    http://www.edgevillebuzz.com
  • I thought the Federal matching funds for this project were lost or at least no longer guaranteed. Is the CTA moving forward anyway hoping to get the money from another source or will the project just be abandoned when the money runs out, leaving a bunch of vacant lots on Broadway?

  • Is this the project that Obama gave 1 billion to right before he left the presidency?

  • Jeffrey Littleton Yo soy Uptown.

    This has been in the planning since before Obama was an even in office. It was finalized in the last month's after jumping through the same 1000 hoops every other project of this scale and scope jump thru. And then some.

  • JMG

    The headline calls it a “gift from Obama” but the article makes it clear the funds are part of a federal DoT program. The city had to compete for the $ and provide matching funds.

    Either way investment in the redline is desperately needed.

    Whether or not we end up with “a bunch of vacant lots” has more to do with the broader city economy.
    Right now, despite the budgeting / pension issues there is a lot of demand for property close to the redline.

  • brandon Edgewater Fan

    would have been a great question to ask at one of Harry's series of four 48th Ward Town Hall meetings that took place in October.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Yo soy Uptown.

    Yes there was a push to get it over the finish line before the Orange Bloviator got in. Chicago is better for it. But this project was past the 11 hour of planning...public meetings...more planning....more public meeting for a decade...it wasnt the 11th hour...it was 11:58-9.....figuratively speaking

  • park and ride lot for L riders who take up neighborhood spaces wouldn't be so bad. I hope its not going to be like the space on Wilton next to the belmont L. empty for years.

  • Jeffrey Littleton Yo soy Uptown.

    I think the plan is to sell it off for development but you never know. If it's parking the CTA would probably rather lease it to a private party.

  • Wazzup not available

    the CTA has an obligation to convert empty lots to income generating - either through sale or lease - so it is unlikely the lots will remain empty. Those lots that are near or under overpass do not have a commercial or residential value - all other lots will be sold - and I suspect they will become TOD residential structures - condo or rental. that will be good for creating a more vibrant neighborhood and encourage more life amenity retail.

  • JohnL Happy in Edgewater

    What in the world is a "gift from o'bama"? It is our tax dollars that is being granted.

  • Wazzup not available

    President Obama released funds the congress was trying to hold up - we should say Thank You - I suspect there is a different reason you are attacking President Obama. Some of us are bright enough.........

  • JohnL Happy in Edgewater

    Sorry for the misunderstanding, Wazzup, this was not intended to be an attack on the past president. Just to clear up that this project is funded by our tax dollars. I also feel that a meeting of this kind is unjustified as the CTA and the Chicago fifth floor administration will do what they have already planned for this project.

  • Mute Mute Me

    do people still call bush president bush?

  • Wazzup not available

    @mute - yes - The President of the United States keeps that title for life, along with his secret service detail. Very often called "Mr. President"

  • Mute Mute Me

    weird. i just google " George bush" and the five that came up without scrolling referred to him as "former president george bush" 2x the other three just called him george bush.

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