Through extensive planning for the Red Line Extension (RLE) project, the CTA has determined that it may be necessary to acquire certain properties to implement the project. In 2018, the CTA selected a Preferred Alignment and conducted outreach to property owners who potentially would be displaced because of the project.
The CTA does not plan to pursue acquisition of private property for the RLE project until the environmental analysis (i.e. Final EIS) is complete and project funding is secured. Property owners and tenants who would be affected by acquisition and relocation under the RLE project are protected under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (known simply as the “Uniform Act”), along with state regulations. The CTA will treat property owners and tenants fairly and will seek cooperative settlements of property acquisitions. In addition, the CTA will provide financial assistance and relocation services for property owners, as well as commercial and residential occupants who must move because of the RLE project.
You can read more about your rights as a property owner under applicable federal laws here:
Additional information about potentially displaced properties is available here.
FTA’s brochure on property acquisition and relocation assistance is available here.
If you have questions about the potential displacement of your property, please email us at:
Frequently asked questions about property displacements
Which alignment option did the CTA select?
Based on additional project planning and engineering work, the CTA has selected a Preferred Alignment, which is a combination of the previously presented Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) East and West options. This Preferred Alignment captures the benefits, minimizes the impacts of either Option and incorporates the public and agency feedback received on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Preferred Alignment would have fewer impacts than either the East or West options. It would affect fewer residences than the East Option, and fewer businesses and jobs than the West Option. Noise and vibration impacts would not be greater than those anticipated under either the East or West option.
How would I know if my property is affected?
All owners and tenants whose property would be potentially affected by the Preferred Alignment were notified during outreach that the CTA conducted in January and February 2018. The CTA contacted owners and tenants using USPS and certified mail, door-to-door visits to each potentially affected property, and displacement-focused meetings at Fenger High School and Palmer Park. In September 2019, the CTA mailed a postcard to all owners and tenants whose property would be potentially affected by the RLE Preferred Alignment. The postcard informed recipients of a drop-in event at Pullman Branch Library in October 2019, which provided an opportunity for the public to ask questions and share comments with project staff.
The CTA does not plan to pursue acquisition of private property for the RLE project until the environmental analysis is complete and project funding is secured.
What are my rights as a property owner?
In the event that the CTA ultimately determines it is necessary to purchase private property for the RLE project, the CTA would be required to follow the guidelines of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, along with state regulations. The CTA will treat property owners fairly and will seek cooperative settlements of property acquisitions.
You can read more about your rights under applicable federal laws here:
What type of compensation will I receive?
The CTA is required by federal law to offer to purchase each property for an amount that is no less than fair market value as determined by an independent appraisal. In some circumstances, if current appraisals are less than the original property purchase price, an owner may be eligible for compensation equal to the original purchase price.
In addition, the CTA must provide financial assistance and relocation services, as required by federal regulations for property owners as well as commercial and residential occupants who must move because of the RLE project.
How will the CTA determine the purchase price for my property?
If the CTA determines it is necessary to purchase your property for the RLE project, it is required to hire an independent appraiser to inspect the property to determine fair market value. In that case, you, or a representative that you designate, will be invited to accompany the appraiser when the appraiser inspects your property. You or your representative may provide information about improvements to the property and any special features that may affect the value of the property such that these facts are considered in the appraisal.
What if I don’t own this property but rent an apartment, or lease space for my business?
Non-owners who are leasing housing or commercial property that must be relocated because of the RLE project are also protected by the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended. If needed, the CTA will provide financial assistance and relocation services to assist these residents and business owners in finding a new housing or business location.
If the CTA acquires my property, will the CTA provide me with help in relocating?
If you are required to move, a CTA relocation agent will contact you, answer your questions, and provide additional information about relocation assistance advisory services and relocation payment eligibility. The goal of the relocation agent is to facilitate a smooth transition to the replacement housing or business location.
How can I learn more about the RLE project?
Contact CTA’s customer service department by telephone at 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282), or by e-mail at RedExtension@transitchicago.com.
How can I learn more about the RLE Project?
Anyone can request to be added to the RLE contact list by sending an email to RedExtension@transitchicago.com or please click here. Those on this contact list will receive upcoming meeting notices as well as future updates about the RLE Project. Find us on Facebook at: Facebook.com/CTARedExt
If you have any questions related to the CTA’s proposed Red Line Extension, please click here or contact us via email or US mail at:
Chicago Transit Authority
Strategic Planning & Policy, 10th Floor
Attn: Red Line Extension Project
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661-1465