CTA targets 29 stations for sprucing up in 2023 ‘Refresh & Renew’ Program

April 7, 2023
The program is designed to keep stations in a state of good repair and improve the transit environment for both employees and riders.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will perform repairs and improvements at 29 rail stations as part of its cyclical Refresh & Renew Program. The program was created in 2019 and accelerated in 2021 with CTA performing work at 125 stations, followed by 28 stations in 2022.

The planned $6.5 million in work will occur at stations located on all seven of CTA’s rail lines, as well as two stations on the elevated loop portion of the network. Work can be cosmetic, such as painting and replacing sheet metal or damaged signage, upgrading lighting, cleaning and repairing surfaces (including columns, walls and railings). More comprehensive improvements include concrete repairs, removal of outdated fixtures and equipment, utility repairs and plumbing repairs.

“We are committed to providing our customers and employees with a safe and comfortable transit environment, and the Refresh & Renew program is a vital tool in helping us deliver on that promise,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “In addition to performing small cosmetic repairs, we’re also working to provide a safer transit environment by proactively addressing some of the larger issues before they arise.”

In addition to the repair work, CTA says it recently launched its seasonal power washing teams that are deployed in the spring and fall to scrub and power washing the surfaces of CTA’s 145 rail stations during overnight hours as part of the agency’s routine cleaning efforts.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.