Photo by Tudor Van Hampton Chicagos $1-billion Red Line rehab falls on the heels of a $530-million modernization of its Brown Line, which wrapped up in 2009. The Red Line is one of the busiest transit routes in the U.S. A $1-billion program to modernize Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line—the backbone of the city's century-old urban rail and one of the busiest routes in the U.S.—is about to get under way.The long-overdue project will rehab Chicago's most traveled passenger rail, which serves 240,000 daily riders. The train stations are outmoded, and track deterioration has prompted slow zones that bog down
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.