For the second weekend in a row, three CTA Red Line stations in Edgewater will be closed from Friday night through Monday morning.
The Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr stations are scheduled to be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday until 4 a.m. on Monday, according to the CTA, which says a free shuttle bus will be available between the Loyola and Berwyn stops. The closures are part of the CTA’s major Red and Purple Line Modernization project, a years-long program that involves rebuilding the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations, as well as miles of track and structures.
It’s unclear how many more weekends riders can expect trains to skip the three stops. Officials originally estimated at least six consecutive weekends, then updated that to “a series of consecutive weeks … likely running well into spring.” At a community meeting on Tuesday hosted by the CTA, city officials and contractor Walsh-Fluor, CTA spokesperson Tammy Chase said to expect shutdowns “most every weekend now through the spring, into the summer.” A handout provided at the meeting said riders should anticipate closures “sporadically throughout 2020.”
The CTA’s modernization effort also includes the construction of a train bypass in Lakeview – aka the Belmont flyover – designed to eliminate slowdowns caused by a point on the tracks where Red, Purple and Brown Line trains must yield to one another. Phase one of the project is scheduled to run through 2025.