Fluor JV breaks ground on Phase One of CTA’s $2.1bn RPM programme

WCN Editorial Team 3 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Fluor and its joint venture (JV) partner Walsh Construction have broken ground on Phase One of $2.1bn Red and Purple Line Modernization (RPM) Programme of Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

The project involves reconstruction of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations into larger, 100% accessible stations and the century-old track structure totalling six miles.

The new stations will feature elevators, wider platforms, longer canopies, more benches, windscreens, better lighting and security features, and real-time information boards.

The team will be responsible for the construction of a rail bypass at Clark Junction north of Belmont station to improve service reliability on the Red, Purple and Brown lines, increase train speeds, ease overcrowding on rail cars, and provide capacity for projected future growth.

Flour JV will also install a new signal system on 23 track miles between Howard and Belmont, which will improve CTA train flow and increase service reliability.

Fluor’s Infrastructure & Power business group president Terry Towle said: “We are pleased to be a partner to CTA in modernizing its 100-year-old rail system.

“This modernization project will create capacity for decades to come, which will allow CTA to provide more reliable service on modern infrastructure.”

Backed by a mix of federal and local funding, the project is planned for completion in 2025 and is expected to create more than 100 construction-related jobs annually.

Walsh Construction and Fluor, along with designer Stantec Consulting Services and major sub-consultant designers EXP, International Bridge Technologies and TranSmart/EJM Engineering, are responsible for leading the design-build efforts for Phase One of the project.

CTA president Dorval Carter said: “CTA customers will see a significant improvement in service with increased accessibility to rail service, less crowding on trains and rail platforms and shorter commute times.

“The benefits of this project extend beyond riders of the Red Line to Chicago’s neighborhoods and small businesses across the city through training, job and contract opportunities that will be a model for future CTA projects like the Red Line Extension.”

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Image: Illustration of the Red-Purple Bypass from Clark Street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighbourhood. Photo: courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority.

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