Red Line Extension

Acquisition and relocation

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 relocated 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:

In January 2022, the CTA published an updated map book that summarizes the project impacts to properties. Additional information about potentially acquired properties is available here.

If you have questions about the potential acquisition of your property, please email us at:

Frequently asked questions about property acquisition and relocation

Get involved and stay informed

You can request to be added to the RLE contact list by clicking here or sending an email to Those added to this contact list will receive upcoming meeting notices, as well as future updates about the RLE Project.

Updates on the RLE Project will also be posted to the project Facebook page:

If you have any questions related to the CTA’s proposed RLE Project, please click here or contact us via email or U.S. mail at:

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