Transit Construction

We Know What it Takes

The way in which urban infrastructure is conceived, planned, and implemented, can have a profound effect on the communities it serves. Transit projects, in particular, represent long-term infrastructure investments that are likely to serve millions of people over time. Not only do those projects require careful planning and design, they also must be built to last. Our extensive experience across a wide variety of projects with transit agencies, as well as our broad range of construction skills, focus, and dedication, puts us in a unique position to be highly successful—even when projects are long and challenging.




“In my experience, F. H. Paschen has shown the ability to maximize production while minimizing impacts to CTA operations and our customers when working in occupied spaces. F.H. Paschen has taken a proactive stance on safety and is sensitive to their employees who work on the jobsite, along with outside people that interact with their project site.”
– William Polacek, General Manager, Capital Construction

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From 95th Street to Cumberland Avenue

From dense residential neighborhoods to the middle of downtown Chicago, we’ve constructed elevated, ground level, and below-ground stations in every type of urban environment. Over time we’ve developed processes to deal with every conceivable challenge. Whether the issue is lack of a right of way, very limited space to stage materials, no parking, or heavy traffic, you can be certain we’ve already been there and done that.

From Deep Foundations to Elevated Stations

We know that temporary stations need to be built to last but also be cost-effective and support commuter and traffic flow. We also understand that extensive planning, including contingency planning, is necessary for a project to be successful. Not only do we have the extensive construction expertise needed to build safe, solid structures, but we’re also well-prepared to take on the planning process, including having a number of templates we’ve developed from years of working with the CTA.

From Neighborhood Leaders to the OUC

We’ve worked with neighborhood leaders all over Chicago, building relationships that help us to manage impact on local businesses and residents even when working in dense communities. Our extensive network of local contractors allows us to excel at hitting DBE and EEOC targets. And our strong working relationships with the CTA, Office of Underground Construction (OUC), and utilities give us insight into their desired processes and expectations, allowing us to streamline our work.

Safety, Safety, Safety

Transit work carries inherent challenges—moving trains, live power lines and elevated track structures are just some of the safety issues characteristic of transit construction projects. To keep both our crews and the millions of commuters safe, we have developed a number of tailored safety policies and procedures that meet or exceed industry standards.