CTA Red and Purple Line Modernization

Red Ahead: Red & Purple Modernization Program

Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) is a transformative project designed to ensure a strong future for the CTA’s busiest rail line, that will modernize stations and structures nearly a century old.

Detailed information is available on the CTA website (click here), and here are just a few of the highlights that will affect the 48th Ward in the RPM Phase One effort.

  • New Modern Stations:  Four stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr) will be completely rebuilt along with new track viaducts and embankments along the Red/Purple lines between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr.
  • Faster, Smoother Rides:  New track viaducts and embankment along the Red/Purple lines between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr, and signal upgrades along the entire line to provide smoother and quieter rides
  • Less Crowding and More Frequent Service:  Wider and longer station platforms at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr.  With signal upgrades, this will allow the CTA to add up to 15 Red, Brown and Purple line trains each hour during rush hours.
  • Full Accessibility:  Rebuilt stations will include elevators and other accessibility improvements.

Conceptual Drawings of the Reconstructed Bryn Mawr Station

Funding for RPM Phase One

More than $1 billion in federal funding is available to the support the first phase of RPM transit line. But in order to receive the funding, the CTA and the City of Chicago must provide a local funding match. The Illinois General Assembly recently approved a new financial tool for this purpose known as Transit-Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Learn more about RPM Phase One & Transit-TIF.