CTA Issuing RFQ for First Phase of RPM

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a design and build contract of the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM) project.

The first phase calls for rebuilding four of the oldest Red Line stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr) and the complete reconstruction of 1.3 miles of adjacent track structure. RPM Phase One also includes the construction of a rail bypass at the junction where Red, Purple and Brown Line trains currently intersect, allowing the CTA to increase the number of trains it can run along the Red Line.

“In Chicago, the strategic and extensive investments we are making in our city’s infrastructure are investments in our residents, our neighborhoods and in our economic future,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “As the CTA ‘L’ turns 125 years old this week, we’re always looking to the future by modernizing to create a world-class transit system that will better serve Chicagoans today and for decades to come.”

The CTA is expected to choose a pool of candidates for the project later this year and issue its Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2018.

“Today we move closer to providing Chicagoans an improved commute on the Red Line, our busiest line, by beginning the process of seeking qualified firms to build this important project,” stated CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “By securing earlier this year a historic funding agreement for the first phase of our plan to rebuild the Red and Purple Lines, we are now able to take the next step in what is one of the biggest modernization projects in CTA history and follow through with the promise we made to our customers to improve train service and increase station accessibility.”

The entire RPM plan will rebuild part of CTA’s Red and Purple lines, which can no longer handle additional trains to meet the increasing demands of a growing ridership that is up 40 percent during rush hours since 2008.