CTA to Host Public Meeting for Proposed Orange Line Extension

September 17, 2009

The Chicago Transit Authority is hosting a public meeting to receive input on the proposed Orange Line Extension project.  Attendees will have an opportunity to provide comments on the proposed alternatives, the purpose and need for the project, the potential effects and mitigation measures to be considered in the Environmental Impact Study (EIS).

The meeting is scheduled for:

Monday, September 21
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hancock College Preparatory High School*
4034 W. 56th St., Chicago, IL
(*facility is accessible to people with disabilities)

Written comments also will be accepted until October 27.  Scoping comments may be submitted via mail, email or fax to the attention of:

Jeffery Busby, General Manager, Strategic Planning
Chicago Transit Authority
PO Box 7602
Chicago IL 60680-7602
OrangeExtension@transitchicago.com
Fax 312-681-4297

Attendees who require an interpreter, including sign language services, or other accommodations at the meeting should contact Darud Akbar, Government and Community Relations Officer, at 312-681-2708.

CTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have initiated the federal environmental process pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and are preparing an EIS for the project. The EIS will evaluate at least three alternatives: a No Build Alternative, a Transportation System Management (TSM) Alternative and the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) adopted by the Chicago Transit Board that extends the Orange Line to Cicero Avenue near 76th Street.

The EIS will build upon the Alternatives Analysis process that led to the adoption of a Locally Preferred Alternative.

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 (AA), Environmental Impact Statement, Preliminary Engineering, Final Design and Construction.

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