Improvements to the CTA’s rail stations, tracks and service in the 49th Ward continues with two major projects about to get underway.
Glenwood East of Tracks to Close Temporarily Between Pratt and Farwell for New Substation Construction
The CTA is about to begin the construction of a substation along the CTA embankment on Glenwood east of the tracks between Pratt and Farwell. The new substation is designed to boost the electrical power on the tracks, which will help increase train speed and service reliability and reduce “slow zones” on the far north Red Line.
Work will begin Monday, October 29th, and continue until February, 2014. During this time, Glenwood east of the tracks will be closed between Pratt and Farwell. The east sidewalk along Glenwood, however, will remain open to pedestrians. The south lane of Farwell under the CTA viaduct also will be closed.
The retaining wall east of the tracks will be demolished and the embankment excavated. In their place, the CTA plans to construct the substation and a new retaining wall. The substation will be constructed of red brick and cast stone with an ornamental iron fence and gate. The structure will be approximately 34 1/2 feet in height as measured from the street. A typical Rogers Park three-flat is approximately 38 feet in height.
To view the elevations for the new substation, click on the attachments below:
Jarvis Station Rehabilitation to Begin Earlier than Planned; Station Closes Temporarily on Thursday, November 1st
The reconstruction of the north Red Line stations is running ahead of schedule and the CTA has informed me they will begin the rehabilitation of the Jarvis “L” station more than one week earlier than planned. The station is now scheduled to close at 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st, and reopen on Thursday, December 13th.
This is good news. By moving the closure up by one week to November 1st, the CTA’s contractors will be able to complete the new platform installation before Thanksgiving, thus avoiding the need to reroute trains and impact service at Jarvis and Morse during the holiday weekend.
The earlier schedule also reduces the risk of weather-related occurrences, which could delay the station’s reopening. The later we move into December, the more problematic the weather becomes. As a result, the Jarvis station is now scheduled to reopen almost two full weeks before the Christmas holiday, rather than four days as planned initially.
As always, if major changes in the work plan or schedule occur, I will let you know immediately through my electronic newsletter and postings on my Facebook page.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the CTA directly through Jeff Wilson, the CTA’s Government and Community Relations Officer, at email@example.com.