Circle Line

The proposed Circle Line would link all of CTA's rail lines and all of Metra's lines in a study area bounded by 39th Street on the south, Fullerton Parkway on the north, Western Avenue on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, creating improved connections and shorter travel times for transit customers throughout the six-county region and helping to reduce traffic congestion. The CTA completed Alternatives Analysis from 2006-2009. The CTA is not studying this project at this time and it is not included in the list of fiscally constrained projects in CMAP’s Go To 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan. The project documents are available here as a publicly available archive.

Project Documents

Alternatives Analysis Study - Screen 3

CTA held public open houses September 29 – October 1, 2009 to receive input on preliminary Screen 3 findings and recommendations of a locally preferred alternative. This concluded the Alternatives Analysis study for the Circle Line.

Presentations delivered at the Screen 3 meetings may be viewed here:

Public Meeting Presentation - Sept 2009 (4.1 MB PDF) (text version)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Sept 2009 (2.0 MB PDF) (text version)
Public Meeting Comment Card - Sept 2009 (0.1 MB PDF)

Full documentation of all comments and questions received during Screen 3 as well as complete responses are provided in the following files:

Circle Line Screen 3 Public Comment Database (0.1 MB PDF)
Circle Line Screen 3 Responses to Public Comments (0.1 MB PDF)
Circle Line Screen 3 Public Comments Appendix (0.1 MB PDF)

Alternatives Analysis Study - Screen 2

CTA held public open houses September 26-28, 2006 to receive input on preliminary findings from Screen 2 of the Alternatives Analysis Study for the proposed Circle Line project.

Presentations delivered at the Screen 2 meetings may be viewed here:

Public Meeting Presentation - Sept 2006 (2.6 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Process, Participation, Purpose - Sept 2006 (1 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Screen 2, Step 1 - Sept 2006 (0.6 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Screen 2, Step 2 - Sept 2006 (4.7 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Screen 2, Step 3 - Sept 2006 (2.9 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Screen 2 Preliminary Findings - Sept 2006 (2.5 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Comment Card - Sept 2006 (0.1 MB PDF)

Full documentation of all comments and questions received during Screen 2 as well as complete responses are provided in the following files:

Screen 2 Public Comment Database (0.1 MB PDF)
Screen 2 Public Comment Database Appendix (0.1 MB PDF)
Screen 2 Responses to Public Comments (0.3 MB PDF)

Alternatives Analysis Study – Screen 1

CTA held public open houses May 2-4, 2006 to receive input on preliminary findings from Screen 1 of the Alternatives Analysis Study for the proposed Circle Line project.

Presentations delivered at the Screen 1 meetings may be viewed here:

Public Meeting Presentation - May 2006 (4.4 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - FTA Process - May 2006 (1 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Transit Technologies - May 2006 (3.8 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Corridors - May 2006 (1.3 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Evaluation Criteria - May 2006 (0.3 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - Preliminary Findings - May 2006 (6.6 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Comment Card - May 2006 (0.1 MB PDF)

Full documentation of all comments and questions received during Screen 1 as well as complete responses are provided in the following files:

Screen 1 Public Comment Database (0.1 MB PDF)
Screen 1 Public Comment Database Appendix (0.1 MB PDF)
Screen 1 Responses to Public Comments (0.2 MB PDF)

System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts