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CTA unveils new Red Line station designs

The station makeovers at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr are part of the $4.7 billion Red and Purple Modernization Project.

The new design for the Lawrence Station was revealed Jan. 28, 2021.
The new design for the Lawrence Station was revealed Jan. 28, 2021.
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Four CTA Red Line stations on the North Side are set to undergo complete makeovers this spring to make then 100% accessible with larger platforms and added elevators and escalators.

The station upgrades at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr are part of the $4.7 billion Red and Purple Modernization Project that started in 2014.

The Chicago Transit Authority on Thursday unveiled illustrations of what the new station entrances might look like.

New Argyle Station design
New Argyle Station design
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The CTA said it worked closely with residents “who live and work in the neighborhoods around the stations to develop designs to create an identity for each station, with each responding to the context and the culture of the local neighborhoods.”

All four stations will close in the spring, but temporary stations will open alongside the Argyle and Bryn Mawr stops, the CTA said.

The stations are expected to open by the end of 2024.

New Berwyn Station design
New Berwyn Station design
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The construction is the first part of phase one of the modernization project. That phase, which alone costs $2.1 million, will rebuild every Red and Purple station from Linden Place to Belmont Avenue.

Phase one also includes construction of a $320 million bypass that will carry northbound Brown Line trains over the Red and Purple line tracks just north of the Belmont Station. The CTA also plans to install a $250 million signal system on 23 track miles to improve train flow and service reliability.

The Red Line, one of the city’s busiest train lines, carries nearly 70 million riders a year.

New Bryn Mawr Station design
New Bryn Mawr Station design
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