Red Line Extension

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Overview

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions. In accordance with the NEPA process, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in 2016 that evaluated the environmental impacts of constructing and operating the proposed project. Two Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Alternative options were evaluated as part of the Draft EIS. Based on public feedback on the Draft EIS as well as additional project planning and engineering work conducted, CTA has selected a Preferred Alignment. Now that CTA has selected the Preferred Alignment, a Final EIS will be prepared and preliminary engineering will be conducted. 

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Draft EIS was available for public review and comment from October 6 to November 30, 2016. The Draft EIS includes an evaluation of the No Build Alternative and two UPRR Alternative options: the East Option and the West Option. The Draft EIS describes the alternatives, the existing environmental setting, the potential impacts from construction and operation of the alternatives, and proposed mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate potential impacts.

The purpose of the EIS is to study, in a public setting, the effects of the proposed project and its alternatives on the quality of the physical, human and natural environment. The evaluation provides details on the extent to which the proposed project affects these areas. Measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate potential adverse impacts are also identified.

Public comments

CTA accepted comments on the Draft EIS from October 6 to November 30, 2016. CTA received 284 comments during this comment period, which helped to inform selection of a Preferred Alignment for the project. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and CTA will review the comments received during the public comment period and will address all comments in the Final EIS.

While the public comment period for the Draft EIS is now complete, you can continue to submit comments on the project via email or US mail at any time.

RedExtension@transitchicago.com

Chicago Transit Authority
Strategic Planning & Policy, 10th Floor
Attn: Red Line Extension Project
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661-1465

Public hearing

CTA hosted a public hearing on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church to provide information about the Draft EIS and solicit comments from the public. The location of the public hearing was ADA-compliant and accessible by public transit.

This meeting was conducted in an open house format. The public was invited to provide comments on the Draft EIS either verbally to a court reporter or in writing during the public hearing.

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