The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in the US is planning to carry out $86m worth of projects to renovate seven stations on the heavily-travelled Red Line El stations.
The station upgrades, which include Jarvis, Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence, will be funded by US government and local resources.
Work will involve viaduct repairs, platform repairs or replacement, station water proofing, lighting improvements and new station house finishes, such as floors, doors, windows and lighting.
Improvements to the stations are expected to increase the safety and comfort of passengers, as well as the appearance of the station and surrounding structures.
Chicago Governor Pat Quinn said: "Millions of people use the CTA every day and these investments will pave the way for future economic growth and strengthen our transportation network for generations to come."
The seven stations planned to be improved are among the CTA’s oldest, with some more than 100 years old.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: "The North Red Line improvements will have a direct impact on the lives of thousands of Chicagoans on a daily basis and are the exact sort of improvements we need to make to advance our status as one of the world’s leading cities."
The North Red Station Interim Improvements is part of the CTA’s $1bn Red Line Capital Investment programme announced in November 2011.
CTA will carry out improvement on Red Line from its northern terminus to the 95th Street station under several individual projects to improve stations, tracks, viaducts and power, starting from 2012 to 2015.
Other projects will be carried out in the Howard branch, including an estimated $200m reconstruction of Wilson station, station refurbishment at Sheridan, Bryn Mawr and Loyola stations, Red and Purple Viaduct improvements and electrical substation improvements.
The $1bn refurbishment of the Red Line from its northern terminus to the 95th Street station runs from 2012 to 2015 and includes several individual projects to improve stations, tracks, viaducts and power and runs.
Image: Morse station is one of the seven stations planned to be renovated along the Chicago city’s heavily-travelled Red Line. Photo: courtesy of User:JeremyA.