Acquisition and relocation
Through extensive planning for the Red Line Extension (RLE) project, the CTA has determined that it is necessary to acquire certain properties to implement the project.
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 must 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:
In August 2022, the CTA published an updated map book that summarizes the project impacts to properties. Additional information about potentially acquired properties is available in the map book here.
If you have questions about the potential acquisition of your property, please contact us at: (312) 681-4563 or at RLE.firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions about property acquisition and relocation
Based on previously conducted project planning and engineering work, the CTA selected a Preferred Alignment in 2018. The Preferred Alignment is a combination of the previously presented Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) East and West options. As such, the Preferred Alignment would run along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks (from I-57 south to approximately 108th Place, later refined to 107th Place), then would cross the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and run along the east side of the tracks until crossing the Metra Electric District tracks (near 119th Street) and continue south to 130th Street. See the preferred alignment map.
The 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.
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 acquisition and relocation-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. In January 2022, The CTA contacted owners and tenants using USPS and certified mail, made door-to-door visits to each potentially affected property. In February 2022, the CTA provided an in-person opportunity for the public to ask acquisition and relocation questions.
The CTA must 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:
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 for property owners as well as commercial and residential occupants who must move because of the RLE project.
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.
Non-owners who are leasing housing or commercial property that must be relocated because of the RLE project are protected by the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended. The CTA will provide financial assistance and relocation services to assist residents and business owners in finding a new housing or a new business location.
If you are required to move, a CTA relocation specialist will contact you, answer your questions, and provide additional information about relocation assistance advisory services and relocation payment eligibility. The goal of the relocation specialist is to facilitate a smooth transition to your replacement housing or business location.