• Capabilities: Construct, Transportation Solutions
  • Sectors: Transportation

Improved Communication and Safety CTA Subway Cellular Upgrades

Chicago, IL, USA - Chicago is now the largest North American city to offer full wireless coverage in its subway systems, long awaited by the nearly 400,000 riders who rely on the Red and Blue lines daily.

4G

Access for subway riders, CTA workers and emergency responders

$1.8M

Generated in annual revenue

Commuters on the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Red and Blue lines no longer face the frustration of outdated cellular infrastructure. Recent improvements to the 11-year-old system have upgraded communication and safety.

Funded through contributions from four major wireless network providers, this $32 million 4G upgrade enables riders to enjoy complete use of their cell and smartphones everywhere in the tunnel system. This is an advantage for CTA staff, contractors and emergency responders as well, providing for better coordination, more efficient use of their time and a safer work environment. Although contractor emergencies are extremely rare in the tunnels, contractors are now less reliant on CTA radios if an emergency should occur.

Arcadis provided construction management services for the design, procurement, construction and closeout of this project, which involved 12 miles of underground subway and 24 miles of individual tunnels. It’s a success that makes the ride to work, school or a meeting with friends and family all the more safe and enjoyable.

Outcomes

4G

Access for subway riders, CTA workers and emergency responders

$1.8M

Generated in annual revenue

Questions about this project

John Dalton

Vice President 312 917 1000 Ask me a question

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