Red Line Track Renewal and Station Improvements Project Notice of Public Comment Period

August 27, 2012

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is proposing to make transportation improvements by reconstructing 10.2 miles of the Dan Ryan Branch of the CTA's Red Line between the 16th Street subway portal and the 95th Street Terminal. The purpose of the project is to eliminate slow zones and bring this portion of the Red Line to a state of good repair. Improved accessibility at stations along the Dan Ryan will be part of the project.

The work involves removal and replacement of the drainage, sub-ballast, ballast, ties, rail and third rail except in the areas of special track work/crossovers, where there will be limited system work as necessary to ensure connectivity. The special track work areas were reconstructed approximately eight years ago. A limited amount of subgrade excavation will be required as minor adjustments are made to improve the alignment, profile, and ride quality.

Station work includes accessibility upgrades consisting of the installation of elevators at the 55th, 63rd, and 87th Street stations. Routine maintenance will be performed at eight stations (Cermak/Chinatown, Sox/35th, 47th, 55th/Garfield, 63rd, 69th, 79th, and 87th) including painting, lighting, curtain wall repairs, concrete repairs, and cleaning. Upgrades and improvements to the 95th Street Station will be performed as a separate project at a later date.

CTA and the Federal Transit Administration, in accordance with the Federal requirements of 23 CFR 771.119, are hereby notifying the public of the availability of the Environmental Assessment (EA). Copies of the document are available for review at CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661. You may also review a copy of the EA at our website—www.transitchicago.com/redlinesouthEA—or at any of the following Chicago Public Library locations: Chicago Bee Library, 3647 S. State Street; Kelly Library, 6151 S. Normal Boulevard; and Pullman Library, 11001 S. Indiana Avenue.

All interested parties are invited to comment upon the project. You may submit comments via the following methods:

Red Line South Project
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661

All comments must be submitted by September 10, 2012.


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