CTA to Host Public Meetings for Proposed Red Line Extension

September 17, 2009

The Chicago Transit Authority is inviting the public to two public meetings to provide input on the proposed Red Line Extension.  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 meetings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, September 22
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Historic Pullman Visitor Center*
11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL

Thursday, September 24
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Woodson Regional Public Library*
9525 South Halsted
Chicago, IL
(*facilities are accessible to people with disabilities)

Written comments also will be accepted until October 27.  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 60680-7602RedExtension@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 Red Line to the vicinity of 130th Street.

The extension would relieve bus and passenger congestion at CTA’s existing 95th Red Line station and better manage future traffic growth. 

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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