Red Line Extension

Project Documents Archive

Environmental analysis (2009–2014)

Public outreach has continued to be an integral part of the planning for this project during the environmental review planning phase for this project. As part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a number of open houses, community newsletters, and a formal scoping process were conducted with the public, stakeholders, and other governmental agencies. Documents related to these activities are provided below. CTA will continue to involve and consult with the community as the project proceeds.

Open House - 2014

CTA conducted outreach in April and May of 2014 to update the public on the status of the project; inform them of proposed alternatives, anticipated project benefits, and impacts; and gather feedback. Outreach included meetings with elected officials, interested community groups, and a public open house. The open house was held May 13, 2014 at the Palmer Park Gymnasium, 201 E. 111th Street in Chicago from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

May 2014 Open House Exhibit Boards
May 2014 Project Summary

Newsletter - 2013

CTA sent a newsletter with a general project update to the approximately 3,200 addresses on the stakeholder database on August 27, 2013.

August 2013 Newsletter

Open House - 2011

CTA held an open house meeting on August 2, 2011 to update the community regarding the RLE Project. The meeting was held at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 211 E. 115th Street in Chicago from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

August 2011 Open House Exhibit Boards

Scoping and Scoping Meetings - 2009

The process of determining the scope, focus, and content of an EIS is known as “scoping.” Scoping meetings are an opportunity to obtain information from the public and governmental agencies. The scoping process asks agencies and interested parties to provide input on the proposed alternatives, the purpose and need for the project, the proposed topics of evaluation, and potential effects and mitigation measures to be considered.

The official public comment period for scoping concluded on October 27, 2009. The comments received are summarized in the Scoping Report. Input received during scoping is used to refine the project purpose and need and alternatives, and to direct the analysis of environmental impacts. Public input is also used to help planners avoid potential impacts, and to identify potential mitigation measures.

Red Line Extension Scoping Report (.pdf) 
Scoping report - revised June 2010. Appendices are available as separate files.

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendices A-G (.pdf) 
Public Participation Plan, Notice of Intent, Participating Agencies, Participating Agency Invitation Letters, Agency Scoping Meeting, Agencies and Organizations Notified of Scoping, Notification Materials

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendices H-K (.pdf) 
Scoping Meeting Materials, Meeting Presentation, Meeting Exhibit Boards, Public Scoping Meeting Transcripts

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Plain Text Supplement for Appendices H-J (.txt) 
This text-only supplement describes Scoping Meeting Materials, Meeting Presentation, Meeting Exhibit Boards

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendix L Public Comments 1-95 (.pdf) 

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendix L Public Comments 96-171 (.pdf) 

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendix L Public Comments 172-259 (.pdf) 

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendix L Public Comments 260-344 (.pdf) 

Red Line Extension Scoping Report Appendix M (.pdf) 
Agency Comments - revised June 2010

 

Alternatives Analysis (2006–2009)

The purpose of the Alternatives Analysis (AA) Study, which ended in August 2009, was to examine a wide range of potential transportation options. In the AA process, the project's purpose and need were identified, alternatives that meet the purpose and need were developed and evaluated, and comprehensive and ongoing public involvement was initiated. Many different transportation alternatives were identified in the AA process. Based on public comment and an evaluation of those options against criteria that included cost, environmental factors, and feasibility considerations, the number of options was narrowed. There were three screening stages and the results of each screening stage were presented at public meetings. At each stage, there was an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the results. The end result of the AA process was the selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative by the Chicago Transit Board on August 12, 2009.

Screen 1 Analysis

The CTA held public open houses to receive input on preliminary findings from Screen 1 of the Alternatives Analysis Study for the proposed Red Line Extension.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
Chicago State University, New Academic Library, 4th Floor Auditorium
9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 6-8 p.m.
West Pullman Branch, Chicago Public Library
830 W. 119th St., Chicago, IL 60628

Presentations delivered at the Screen 1 meetings are available at the links below:

Public Meeting Presentation Part 1 - April 2007 (3 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Presentation Part 2 - April 2007 (2 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Presentation - April 2007 (Text version)

Public Meeting Display Boards - April 2007 (3 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - April 2007 (Text version)

Public Meeting Comment Card - April 2007 (0.4 MB PDF)

The official public comment period for the study's Screen 1 preliminary findings meeting concluded on May 11, 2007. Full documentation of all comments and questions as well as complete responses are provided in the following files:

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

 

Screen 2 Analysis

The CTA held public open houses to present possible transit technologies and alignments in a study area bordered by 95th Street on the north, Ashland Avenue on the west, Stony Island Avenue on the east, and the Cal-Sag Channel/Little Calumet River and 134th Street on the south.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 6-8 p.m.
Historic Pullman Visitor Center
11141 South Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60628

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 6-8 p.m.
Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library
9525 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628

Presentations delivered at the Screen 2 meetings are available at the links below:

Public Meeting Presentation Part 1 – December 2008 (2.8 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Presentation Part 2 - December 2008 (3.8 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Presentation - December 2008 (Text version)

Public Meeting Display Boards Part 1 - December 2008 (2 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards Part 2 - December 2008 (2.4 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Display Boards - December 2008 (Text version)

Public Meeting Comment Card - December 2008 (0.4 MB PDF)

The official public comment period for the study's Screen 2 preliminary findings meeting concluded on December 18, 2008. Full documentation of all comments and questions as well as complete responses are provided in the following files:

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

 

Screen 3 Analysis

The CTA invited the public to open houses to present preliminary Screen 3 findings and a recommendation of a locally preferred alternative, which concluded the Alternatives Analysis study for the Red Line Extension.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 6-8 p.m.
Olive-Harvey College, Cafeteria
10001 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 6-8 p.m.
Woodson Regional Chicago Public Library
9525 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628

Presentations delivered at the Screen 3 meetings are available at the following links:

Public Meeting Presentation Part 1 – June 2009 (1.4 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Presentation Part 2 – June 2009 (2.9 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Presentation - June 2009 (Text version)

Display Boards Part 1 - June 2009 (2.4 MB PDF)
Display Boards Part 2 - June 2009 (3.4 MB PDF)
Display Boards - June 2009 (Text version)

Display Maps – HRT UPRR Alternative (1.2 MB PDF)
Display Maps – HRT Halsted Alternative (0.9 MB PDF)
Public Meeting Comment Card (0.4 MB PDF)

The official public comment period for the study's Screen 3 findings and preliminary recommendation for a locally preferred alternative concluded on June 25, 2009. Full documentation of all comments and questions as well as complete responses are provided in the following files:

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

Locally Preferred Alternative Report