In 2018, based on public feedback received on the Draft EIS as well as subsequent project planning and engineering work, the Preferred Alignment for the RLE project was selected. The Preferred Alignment is a combination of the previously presented Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) East and West Options. As a result, the RLE project would run along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks (from I-57 south to approximately 108th Place), cross over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and run along the east side of the tracks until crossing the Metra Electric tracks (near 119th Street) and continue south to 130th Street. (See the project map.)
The Preferred Alignment captures the benefits and minimizes the impacts of either option. The Preferred Alignment would affect fewer residences than the East Option and fewer businesses and jobs than the West Option. Noise and vibration impacts as a result of the Preferred Alignment would not be greater than those anticipated under either the East or West options.
The RLE project will include the following features:
- 5.6 mile heavy-rail transit line extension from 95th Street terminal to 130th Street
- Four new stations at 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street
- New Park & Ride, and bus facilities at each station
- New rail yard and rail maintenance shop
The following images are conceptual artistic renderings of the proposed project:
103rd Street Station (facing northeast)
103rd Street Station platform (facing south)
Elevated structure near 111th Street station (facing west)
Public open house for the RLE Preferred Alignment
The CTA hosted a public open house on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy to provide information on the Preferred Alignment for the RLE project.
This meeting was conducted in an open house format. The CTA welcomed comments and feedback about the Preferred Alignment and the potential impacts on the community.
View the exhibit boards (2/13/2018)
Alternatives development history