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  by Jeff Smith
https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... ion--58213
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) yesterday announced it will begin construction in fall of track foundations for the Red-Purple rail bypass, which will replace a century-old bypass north of Belmont Station.

The bypass will allow trains to operate faster on the Red, Purple and Brown lines. CTA also will be able to increase the number of trains operating during peak periods and ease overcrowding on rail cars, CTA officials said in a press release.
The estimated $570 million bypass construction is part of the first phase of CTA’s Red Purple Modernization (RPM) project to rebuild its century-old rail system.
  by Tadman
Gotta love Chicago. 100 years of running trains through here and now suddenly we need a flying junction. Never mind the train volume is lower and an entire railroad quit running through here since then.

Also this is the station where they pull 50' forward to the signal, thus rendering the platform useless to the train behind (it can't fit all the way in yet) but the leading train is 3/4 of the way off the platform and can't keep its doors open. Ergo the passengers stand and wait and miss connections to other trains.

Wish I could do my work that way.