Your Red: Red Line Extension

Red Line Extension

Connecting 95th Street Terminal to 130th Street

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is proposing to extend the Red Line from the existing 95th Street Terminal to 130th Street, subject to the availability of funding. The proposed 5.3-mile extension would include four new stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street. Each new station would include bus and parking facilities. This project is one part of the Red Ahead Program to extend and enhance the entire Red Line.

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What’s New?

In August 2014, we announced that list of extension alternatives have been narrowed to one “preferred alternative” with two variations:

The proposed alignment of the rapid transit line would be the same for the two East and West options from 95th Street to 99th Street and from 118th Street to 130th Street.

The CTA arrived at these options based on environmental analysis and comments received at the public open house meeting in May 2014 as well as additional public comments submitted in summer 2014.

In addition to the selection of the “preferred alternative”, the CTA has also announced $5 million of bond funds to move forward on the required federal planning process for the rail line extension.

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Press Releases

Mayor Emanuel, CTA Announce Next Steps in Modernizing the Red Line, CTA’s busiest rail line (4/17/2014)
CTA Provides Update on Proposed Red Line Extension from 95th to 130th Street (8/11/2014)


Project Status

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the CTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) are preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS compares the positive and negative environmental impacts of the various project alternatives. Additional public meetings will be held in 2016.



Get Involved and Stay Informed

Public and agency input is important. This website will keep you informed about the proposed project, the planning process, and opportunities for public input and participation.

If you have any questions related to the Chicago Transit Authority’s proposed Red Line Extension, or would like to be added to the project mailing list for future updates, please contact us at:

Chicago Transit Authority
Strategic Planning & Policy, 10th Floor
Attn: Red Line Extension
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661-1465 

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