February 12, 2014

Chicago Transit awards $25M contract for Blue Line project

T

Photo courtesy David Wilson

Photo courtesy David Wilson
he Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) board approved the award of a $25.6 million design/build contract for the rehabilitation of the Damen, Western and California stations as part of the “Your New Blue” project to improve and upgrade the O’Hare branch of the Blue Line.

The board also approved contracts for artists to develop unique artwork for each station that reflects the neighboring community and will beautify the stations for customers’ enjoyment.

The station work is part of the $492 million Your New Blue plan announced in December by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn — the largest comprehensive investment for the Blue Line since it was extended to O’Hare in 1984.

Part of Mayor Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago program to improve and modernize infrastructure, the project includes several track and station improvement projects along a 12.5-mile stretch of the Blue Line O’Hare Branch between the Grand and Cumberland stations, as well as upgrades to the signal system between the Jefferson Park and O’Hare stations.

The Damen, Western and California stations were originally constructed nearly 120 years ago and have undergone varying degrees of repairs over the years. Improvements will include exterior stationhouse restoration, such as painting, tuck-pointing, replacement of windows and doors, sidewalk repairs, and platform repairs or replacement.

After reviewing 100 responses to a Call for Artists issued in December for artistic merit and related qualifications, the CTA awarded contracts to three artists, two of which are local, to create public art.

The CTA this spring will host public meetings to gather community input into the artwork designs. Renderings of the proposed artwork will be made public later this year.

Federal Formula Funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be used to pay for the total art budget for the three stations, which is not to exceed $480,000, and includes costs associated with artist fees, fabrication, shipping/delivery, administrative fees and a project contingency fund.

Funding for Your New Blue is a combination of local, state and federal sources. The first projects of the four-year plan are expected to get under way in 2014. Project schedules are still being finalized, but the project is expected to begin with track work, following by station renovations, power upgrades and signal improvements.

deli.cio.us digg it stumble upon newsvine
[ Request More Info about this product / service / company ]


E-NEWSLETTER

Receive the latest Metro E-Newsletters in your inbox!

Join the Metro E-Newsletters and receive the latest news in your e-mail inbox once a week. SIGN UP NOW!

View the latest eNews
Express Tuesday | Express Thursday | University Transit

White Papers

Factors in Transit Bus Ramp Slope and Wheelchair-Seated Passenger Safety Nearly 3 million U.S. adults are wheelchair or scooter users1, and as the population ages this number is expected to rise. Many wheelchair users rely upon public transportation to access work, medical care, school and social activities.

Mass Transit Capital Planning An overview of the world-class best practices for assessing, prioritizing, and funding capital projects to optimize resources and align with the organization’s most critical immediate and long-term goals.

The Benefits of Door-to-Door Service in ADA Complementary Paratransit Many U.S. transit agencies continue to struggle with the quality of ADA service, the costs, and the difficulties encountered in contracting the service, which is the method of choice for a significant majority of agencies. One of the most basic policy decisions an agency must make involves whether to provide door-to-door, or only curb-to-curb service.

More white papers


 
DIGITAL EDITION

The full contents of Metro Magazine on your computer! The digital edition is an exact replica of the print magazine with enhanced search, multimedia and hyperlink features. View the current issue