CTA Schedules Public Meetings for the Proposed Circle Line

September 24, 2009

The Chicago Transit Authority will hold a third round of public meetings this month to receive input on the proposed Circle Line project.  The meetings are part of the Alternatives Analysis study – the first step in pursuing federal funding for major transit projects. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine all the transit options available and determine a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).  The meetings will be held:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.)
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Molecular Biology Research Building
900 S. Ashland Ave. (Marshfield entrance)
Chicago, Illinois

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.)
Bucktown/Wicker Park
Chicago Public Library
Second Floor Community Room
1701 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Thursday, October 1, 2009
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
(presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.)
Benito Juarez
Community Academy
2150 S. Laflin St.
Chicago, Illinois

*All locations are accessible to people with disabilities.

The meetings will present for comment a recommendation for the locally preferred alternative of the Circle Line.  The recommendation provides for a long-range plan for the proposed Circle Line and phased project development, initially with improved connectivity through the near west and southwest neighborhoods.

The Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program requires transit project proposals to proceed through a process of planning, design and construction. The FTA process consists of five formal steps:  Alternatives Analysis, Environmental Impact Statement, Preliminary Engineering, Final Design and Construction. The Alternatives Analysis study is designed to examine all the transit options available and determine a locally preferred alternative.

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