Red Line Extension Project

About the Project: Purpose and Need

The purpose of the Red Line extension project is to reduce travel times to jobs for Far South Side and South Suburban residents and improve the performance of the existing Red Line 95th Street Station terminal. The project also would provide an opportunity to support economic development initiatives.

The need for the project is based on the following considerations:

  • Lack of Park & Ride, passenger drop off and poor pedestrian facilities limit access to the existing 95th Street terminal of the Red Line.
  • Customers accessing the existing terminal facility by bus experience measureable delays resulting from poor performance of surrounding arterial intersections, and insufficient space for bus loading and unloading, and insufficient space for bus layovers.
  • Congested bus and passenger conditions at the existing terminal station and bus facility result in safety issues and diminish the attractiveness of transit as an alternative to other travel modes.
  • Roadway performance in the study area is adversely impacted by narrow arterial streets and frequent at-grade freight rail crossings.
  • Study area population is highly transit dependent, minority and low-income.


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