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Chicago: CTA Moves Forward on Planned Red Line Extension to Far South Side

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    Chicago: CTA Moves Forward on Planned Red Line Extension to Far South Side

    Sept. 29–The CTA is moving forward on plans for the long-discussed extension of the Red Line to 130th Street, which will include a two-month period of public comment.

    The next steps are part of a series of requirements before funding can be sought for the project and construction could begin.

    But if all goes as the transit agency hopes, the Red Line could run from Howard to 130th as early as 2026, with construction beginning in 2022, according to CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase. The $2.3 billion project would fill in what activists have called a “transit desert” on the city’s Far South Side, as well as suburban Riverdale.

    “This is a great opportunity that should have happened 50 years ago, but I’m glad to see it’s going to happen now,” said Cheryl Johnson, executive director of People for Community Recovery, a nonprofit environmental organization. “Transportation is a major hurdle for people who have to go far north to work and school.”

    The city has not extended an “L” line since the Orange Line opened in 1993. The proposed 5.3-mile Red Line extension would have four new stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue and 130th Street, and would include bus and parking facilities. ……………..(more)






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