Chicago Transit Modernization Project gets $100 million grant

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The Chicago Transit Red and Purple Modernization Phase 1 project will getting a $100 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The grant will be used for ongoing improvements to the Red and Purple heavy rail lines on the north side of Chicago, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development, and related agencies (THUD), said in a statement.

The funding will help with Phase 1 of the project, which will expand and improve public transit along the Red and Purple rail lines, some of which are more than a century old. The 5.6-mile segment is located between Belmont and Howard stations on the north side of the city.

This phase includes the reconstruction of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr rail stations, as well as the modernization of tracks and signals to be fully accessible. It will also construct a Red-Purple bypass aimed at improving efficiency and increased capacities.

“Public transportation is critical to life in Chicago. Thousands of people use the ‘L’ every day to get to work, school, and around the city. This funding will enable CTA to continue progress on the vital Red Purple Modernization project on the North Side and keep working to ensure the ‘L’ remains a reliable transportation option for all Chicagoans,” Quigley said.

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