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Chicago Prepares for $425M Red Line Reconstruction

In less than one week, the southern end of the Chicago Transit Authority’s “Red Line” will shut down for a five-month reconstruction. The project, CTA’s largest, will impact 10 miles of track and cost approximately $425 million.

The 44 year-old railroad has reached the end of its useful life, and so the project will amount to constructing a brand new railroad, from the ballast to the rails. The progress of this project will be watched closely, as other CTA lines are reaching the end of their useful lifetimes as well.

The project would have taken four years to complete on a weekend-only construction schedule, and this plan saved $75 million which will be reinvested into modernization of the nine affected Red Line stations.



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