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CTA Completes Red-Purple Bypass, Eliminates Service Chokepoint

The Chicago Transit Authority said Thursday the new Red-Purple Bypass, the first major improvement for CTA customers as part of the $2.1-billion Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project, will go into service on the Brown Line on Friday. The bypass north of Belmont Station is the first new section of track added to the CTA system in 28 years.  

RPM is the largest reconstruction project in CTA history. The bypass eliminates a 114-year-old rail junction that had become a chokepoint for service across the CTA rail system and will allow CTA to add rail service during busy travel periods and reduce overcrowding and delays.  

CTA said the bypass is the first major piece of work completed during Phase One of RPM, a transformative project that is rebuilding century-old rail structure and CTA stations, with the goal of improving the reliability, comfort and convenience of CTA service. 


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