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Stantec Takes Lead on CTA’s $2B Red and Purple Line Upgrades

The Chicago Transit Authority has selected a design-build team led by Stantec for Phase One of the Red and Purple Line Modernization Program. The $2.1-billion project will reconstruct, modernize and build 1.9 miles of elevated tracks, including bridges and support structures, along Chicago’s busiest transit corridor.

With Stantec as lead designer, the project will also include reconstruction and modernization of four of the Red Line’s oldest stations: Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr. A new rail bypass will relieve congestion at a century-old rail junction north of Belmont Station, where Red, Purple and Brown Line trains carrying 150,000 daily riders intersect, leading to overcrowding and service delays.

“This is a pivotal project for Chicago Transit, and one of the more significant transit modernization programs in Chicago’s history,” said Stantec EVP Stuart Lerner.

The project will begin in the first quarter of 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2025.


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