I am pleased to report that the Morse and Jarvis “L” stations are on tap for major rehabilitation work.
The CTA announced the work as a “life-extension” for the seven stations until a long-term capital improvement plan is determined for the northern portion of the Red Line. Project work will include viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes.
In addition to Morse and Jarvis, rehabilitation work is also planned for the Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence stations. The Loyola “L” station is slated for a separate $11 million renovation, which was announced last summer and is scheduled to begin this spring.
Temporary station closures may occur during the work, but the CTA says the closures will not last more than six weeks per station and the Morse and Jarvis stations will not be closed at the same time. Other construction work will take place in the evenings and on weekends.
As construction plans are finalized, CTA will provide detailed information related to any impact on rail service and I will report that information to you.
CTA has not yet determined the rehabilitation schedule, but the construction is expected to conclude in early 2013.
The rehabilitation of the seven rail stations is separate and apart from the Red and Purple Line Modernization Project, which is currently in the early stages of planning and will require several more years of planning and identified sources of funding. A year ago, the CTA outlined three proposed modernization plans, all of which called for the closing of the Jarvis “L” Station. The proposed plans engenderedconsiderable opposition, with hundreds of Rogers Park residents registering their opposition to the Jarvis station closing.
The CTA this week sponsored two open houses to update the community on its progress. I am pleased to report the CTA eliminated two of the proposed modernization plans and added a new proposal that keeps the Jarvis station open. Congratulations to all of you who registered your support for our Jarvis “L” station!
We are now down to two modernization proposals–one that contemplates closing four stations, including Jarvis–and the other that keeps all the stations open. For a summary of the modernization proposals, plus a description of a “basic rehabilitation” alternative, CLICK HERE.
I urge you to register your support for the modernization proposal that keeps the Jarvis Station open. Please e-mail your comments to the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization at RPM@transitchicago.com. If you prefer, you can mail or fax your comments to:
Chicago Transit Authority
Strategic Planning & Policy, 10th Floor
Attn: Steve Hands
567 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60680-1465
Thanks for your continued vigilance on this issue.