Chicago Transit Authority this fall plans to begin an environmental impact study of upgrades to three rail lines for projects that would cost the agency $1.98 billion. The mass-transit program would extend 5.3 miles of elevated, double track to the city's Red Line, 2.3 miles of trench-and-elevated, double track to the Orange Line and 1.6 miles of elevated, single track to the Yellow Line and calls for building six new train stations. The agency is now seeking about $57 million in federal funding to move forward with the EIS and preliminary engineering. CTA has selected a joint venture of CDM,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.