CTA to Begin Purple Line Track Renewal Work in May

Posted on Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Chicago Transit Authority will begin work to replace the Purple Line track ties in May 2013. Work will occur at nighttime for five days and daytime weekend work. The work will last for approximately seven months.

The CTA announced this heavy maintenance renewal track project in April 2013. The project work on the Purple Line in the City of Evanston is designed to help remediate slow zones along the line. It will replace over 6,000 railroad ties that are beyond their useful life and extend the life of the line until permanent funding is secured for full Red & Purple Line Modernization.

This will be the first major upgrade to the Purple Line railroad ties since 1976.

The ultimate goal of the project is to speed up service for riders by eliminating slow zones on the Purple Line. The replacement work will be done by CTA staff and will begin in south Evanston and continue to the north. Click here>>> for the tentative project schedule.  Click here>>> to view CTA’s project presentation.

The largest and most disruptive portions of the project will take place in the spring and later in the fall as to lessen its impact on residents who have their windows open in the warmer months or who spend time outdoors. It is necessary for the work to occur at night for the safety of the workers and for the least disruption to CTA riders. CTA has significantly changed their construction methods on this project so the loudest portion of the work will occur earlier in the work evening.

Night work will happen between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Weekend work will take place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. During the night work, there will be CTA work zone lighting for safety and noise as work occurs. The noise level will be similar to what residents experienced during heavy road work with the loudest noises occurring when the production spiker drives new spikes into place, similar in noise level to a jackhammer.

CTA will distribute flyers to residents prior to work in affected neighborhoods. Residents can find more information on this project or sign up for e-mail updates (right sidebar of page) by visiting www.cityofevanston.org/purpleline.

For questions regarding this project, please contact the City of Evanston Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Matt Swentkofske at 3-1-1 or at mswentkofske@cityofevanston.org or CTA Senior Government Officer Ryan Mouw at rmouw@transitchicago.com.