I hosted a community meeting Tuesday night on the CTA’s planned improvements to the Morse and Jarvis “L” stations. Below is my report:
The work on the Morse and Jarvis stations will include viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes. The same rehabilitation work also is planned for the Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence stations and will extend the life of the stations until a permanent capital improvement plan for the entire Red Line is fully designed and funded.
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Preliminary work will begin in late April with temporary station closings taking place this summer and fall. The closings are scheduled to last for no more than six weeks. Under the current plan, the Morse station is scheduled to be closed from Friday, June 29, to no later than Friday, August 10, and the Jarvis station will be closed from Friday, November 9, to no later than Friday, December 21.
I have asked the CTA to look into changing the timing for the closing of the Morse “L” station, as a mid-summer station closing could potentially impede the success of the Glenwood Sunday Market This neighborhood farmers’ market operates on Glenwood between the Morse and Lunt every Sunday from June through October and depends in part on foot traffic generated from the Morse “L” station. The scheduled station closing also comes perilously close to the annual Glenwood Arts Fest, which is scheduled for August 18 and 19. I will let you know if the CTA is able to adjust their construction schedule to accommodate my concerns.
The following capital improvements will be made to the Morse and Jarvis stations:
• New windows, doors and exterior lighting.
• Masonry repairs and exterior tuck-pointing.
• Improved station layouts (Jarvis station will expand into vacant stores).
• New turnstiles
• New interior finishes, including new tile, floor, walls and ceilings.
• New signage and interior lighting.
• Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks.
• Security camera system will be maintained and modified.
• All water leakage will be stopped.
• New waterproofing and drainage system.
• New tracks in area of the viaduct and station.
• Repair concrete track bed and walls.
• Concrete repairs to station viaducts.
• Painting/coating in viaduct areas.
• New, brighter lights under the viaducts.
• Elimination of roosting areas for pigeons.
• Platform deck structure and foundation replacement.
• Platform fixtures, furnishings and canopy improvements.
• New customer communication system.
Most of the extensive work will be performed overnight and on weekends to minimize the impact on weekday commutes. The Morse and Jarvis stations will not be closed simultaneously; therefore, you will have a nearby station to access rail service. Additional impacts will include:
• During select weekends, trains may bypass the stations in one direction.
• Morse and Jarvis Avenues may be closed overnight or on select weekends.
• #96 Lunt bus will be re-routed when Morse station is closed.
• Supplemental bus service will be provided when rail service is impacted.
The final details, including the rerouting of the #96 Lunt bus during the Morse station closure, are still being worked out. When any major changes in service are to take place, notices and flyers will be posted at the affected locations approximately two weeks ahead of time and I will notify you via my electronic newsletter.
What happens to the “L” station improvements when the Red and Purple Line Modernization project is implemented?
The Red and Purple Line Modernization Project is a long-term project intended to fully modernize the Red Line north of Belmont with new structures that will have a significantly longer useful life. It is in the very early planning stages with an estimated price tag in the billions of dollars. No funding sources have been identified and, given limited governmental resources, it may not be implemented for many years to come.
The CTA is spending money on the interim improvements now because they cannot postpone repairs which need immediate attention.
The Loyola “L” station is slated for a separate $11 million renovation, which was announced last summer. This work will be designed and constructed independently of the other “L” station work in order to interface with Loyola University’s plans to construct a new plaza adjacent to the Loyola station. I will hold a separate community meeting on the Loyola station project later this spring and work is expected to begin this summer.
I will continue to keep you updated as work continues. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the CTA directly through Jeff Wilson, the CTA’s Government and Community Relations Officer, at email@example.com.