Advance Construction Work to Begin on the Red Line Extension This Summer

June 4, 2024

CTA announces public meetings for June 18, 25 and 26 for update on historic RLE Project, including the start of utility relocation and demolition ahead of project groundbreaking in late 2025

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced the next significant step for the Red Line Extension (RLE) Project: The start of advance construction – relocation of utility equipment and property demolition – this summer to make way for the new 5.6-mile Red Line Extension from 95th Street Terminal to 130th Street with four new Red Line stations. CTA also announced it will hold public meetings June 18, 25 and 26 to discuss the work with local residents and businesses.

“The Red Line Extension Project is coming to the Far South Side of Chicago, and this summer we will take a huge leap forward by starting the groundwork necessary to build new Red Line tracks and stations,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “As a native South Sider, I am proud to deliver on CTA’s promise to transit customers and local residents of new affordable, convenient and reliable Red Line service, as well as bring a wealth of job and training opportunities to residents.”

Red Line Extension Project Overview

The RLE project is a 5.6-mile extension of the Red Line starting at 95th Street Terminal to the vicinity of 130th Street and includes building four new, accessible stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue and 130th Street, each of which is expected to include bus, bike, pedestrian and parking facilities. The project will also build a new rail yard and related rail facilities near 120th Street to improve operational efficiency for the entire Red Line and CTA system. Construction is expected to start in late 2025 and be completed by the end of 2029. CTA anticipates awarding a design-build contract for the RLE in 2024.

The Red Line Extension will provide a new, more direct connection to the Red Line. Once the extension opens, it is expected to provide up to 30 minutes of time savings to riders traveling from the future 130th Station to the Loop. The project will also generate long-lasting economic benefits for the Far South Side via small business and workforce/career opportunities with RLE and CTA, as well as new economic development in the project area.

What is advance construction work?

CTA will begin work in 2024 to prepare for the start of construction of the 5.6-mile Red Line Extension from 95th Street to 130th Street:

Property demolition work: To build the Red Line Extension, CTA has acquired properties located in the future track alignment. Demolition is expected to begin late summer or fall 2024 and continue into 2025. As work dates and plans are finalized, locations and timing will be shared with the public.

Advance utility relocation: CTA will relocate utility equipment to clear the way for new track and station construction. This work is expected to begin this summer and occur throughout the Red Line Extension project area, and will include new underground trenches and relocation of power and communication lines; shorter poles installed to provide service to adjacent properties; and relocation of power transformers on poles to underground.

Public meeting information

Register in advance here: http://tiny.cc/RLE_Work

9th Ward (Ald. Anthony Beale) – this ward includes future Red Line stations at 103rd (main station entrance) and Michigan/115th

Date and time: Tuesday, June 18, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Pullman Community Center, 10355 S Woodlawn Ave.

21st Ward (Ald. Ronnie Mosley) – this ward includes future Red Line stations at 103rd (south auxiliary exit) and 111th

Date and time: Tuesday, June 25 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Location: RLE Community Office, 401 W. 111th St.

10th Ward (Ald. Peter Chico) – this ward includes future Red Line station at 130th

Date and time: Wednesday, June 26, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Chicago Public Library, Altgeld Gardens, 955 E 131st St.

Project benefits for surrounding communities

The Red Line Extension will offer many benefits to the Far South Side and its residents, including:

  • The Red Line Extension will provide up to 30 minutes of time savings to riders traveling from the future 130th Station to the Loop.
  • The RLE is expected to bring more than 25,000 jobs to Cook County in future years.
  • Opportunities for workforce training, jobs and participation in the project by small Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)-certified small businesses.
  • CTA supports DBEs through efforts including the Building Small Business program and partnerships with its construction contractors.
  • An award-winning RLE Transit-Supportive Development (TSD) Plan in partnership with Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) that will guide the future development of the long-disinvested communities located near the RLE project area, and it reflects the vision of those who currently reside and conduct business in these communities.

For more information about the Red Line Extension Project, visit transitchicago.com/RLE.

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