Public Meetings on CTA’s Proposed Circle Line Scheduled September 26 - 28

September 15, 2006
9/15/06

The Chicago Transit Authority will hold a second round of public meetings this month to receive input on the proposed Circle Line project. The first round of meetings was held in May. 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.

Meeting dates and venues are:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
6 p.m. " 8 p.m.
Bucktown/Wicker Park
Chicago Public Library
Second Floor Community Room
Chicago, IL 60647

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
6 p.m. " 8 p.m.
The National Teachers Academy ?
Professional Development
Lunch/Auditorium Room
55 W. Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616

Thursday, September 28, 2006
6 p.m. " 8 p.m.
The First Baptist Congregational Church
Community Room
1613 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60612

All locations are accessible to people with disabilities.

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 transit connections throughout the six-county region and helping to further ease traffic congestion and improve travel times.

DMJM+Harris, A Joint Venture, which specializes in transit/rail, highway and bridge, marine, aviation and energy infrastructures is conducting the Alternatives Analysis study. 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.

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