Red Line Extension

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RLE virtual station meetings

The CTA hosted a series of virtual public meetings to discuss project progress and YOUR VISION for the 
area around the four proposed stations for the Red Line Extension (RLE) project. Your input as a community 
member will help determine the needs and priorities for future development around each station area.

130th Street  |  Wednesday, January 27 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
111th Street  |  Tuesday, February 2 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
103rd Street  |  Tuesday, February 9 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)
Michigan Avenue  |  Tuesday, February 16 (6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

For past meeting materials, click here.

RLE Receives Federal Transit Administration Approval to Enter Project Development Phase

CTA’s Red Line Extension project has received approval from the Federal Transit Administration to enter the Project Development phase of the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program as a New Starts project. Entering this phase is a major step in the CTA’s continued commitment to move forward the construction of the RLE project. Project Development is one of a series of steps required by federal transit law for transit agencies seeking CIG funding.

During the two-year Project Development phase, the CTA will complete the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and preliminary engineering documents to successfully meet the federal requirements for this phase.

CTA news release (12/21/2020)

Virtual community meeting for RLE 

The CTA hosted virtual community meetings on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, and Wednesday, December 9, 2020 for updates on the RLE project and an introduction to the new RLE Transit-Supportive Development (TSD) plan. The meeting was available in English and Spanish, in addition to American Sign Language and English closed captions. To learn more visit www.transitchicago.com/RLE/TSD/​ 

View the meeting recordings and materials (12/8/2020)

Fall 2020 newsletter

New video and Facebook page 

Watch our new video (with captions in English or Spanish) to learn more about the Red Line Extension project and the CTA’s commitment to improve mobility, accessibility and economic opportunity throughout Chicago. Plus, we now have a Facebook page devoted to the Red Line Extension (RLE) Project: Facebook.com/CTARedExt! This page is a new, convenient resource for you to learn more about the project and engage with the RLE project team. The RLE Facebook page is available to everyone whether or not you have a Facebook account.

Summer 2020 newsletter

Consultant team approved for next step of RLE project

The Chicago Transit Board approved a $38.3 million contract to T. Y. Lin International Great Lakes, Inc. to provide planning and preliminary engineering services for the Red Line Extension (RLE) project, including preparation of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and preliminary engineering documents. The work completed under this contract will allow the RLE project to advance through the Project Development phase, which is the next step of the federal funding process. 

The Final EIS will include and address all comments received during the public review period for the Draft EIS, which was completed in 2016. The Final EIS will document the results of the Draft EIS process, confirm the Preferred Alignment, and include a list of final improvement measures to address any environmental impacts to the surrounding community.  Preliminary engineering will advance the project’s design to 30%, which is also a requirement of the Project Development phase.

T.Y. Lin International has committed to meeting a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal of 26 percent.

CTA news release (2/10/2020)

Fall 2019 outreach 

CTA staff met with several community stakeholder groups to discuss the latest updates and next steps on the RLE project. All stakeholders agreed with the need for greater connectivity and easy access to information about the RLE Project throughout this process. They also offered their continued assistance on sharing project updates from the CTA within their community.

To request a project briefing or to invite CTA to speak about the RLE Project at an upcoming event, please contact RedExtension@transitchicago.com.

CTA commits $310M for RLE

The CTA’s 2020 capital budget included a commitment to invest $310 million to extend the Red Line to 130th Street. This is the single most significant funding contribution that the CTA has ever made towards the RLE project and will fund engineering and design work needed to position the project to receive federal funding.

The 2020 Budget Recommendations book is available here on the CTA's Finance & Budget webpage.

Fall 2019 Newsletter

RLE receives $1.48M grant from FTA

The CTA’s proposed RLE project received a $1.48 million grant for comprehensive local planning efforts through the FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. Comprehensive planning funded through the program will examine, among other things:

  • Ways to improve economic development and ridership
  • Foster multimodal connectivity and accessibility
  • Improve transit access for pedestrian and bicycle traffic
  • Engage the private sector
  • Identify infrastructure needs, and
  • Enable mixed-use development along the RLE corridor

FTA news release (12/18/2018)

Selection of new RLE Program Manager

In December 2018, the Chicago Transit Board approved the award of the RLE Program Management Contract to HNTB Corporation. The RLE Program Manager will oversee the final environmental analysis and preliminary engineering work that is necessary to secure federal funding for the RLE project.

CTA news release (12/12/2018)

Public Open House scheduled for the RLE Preferred Alignment

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. The meeting location was ADA compliant and accessible by public transit.

This meeting was conducted in an open house format. CTA welcomed comments and feedback about the Preferred Alignment and potential impacts.

View the exhibit boards (2/13/2018)

CTA selects a Preferred Alignment for RLE

In fall 2016, the CTA published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and held a public hearing on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at St. John Missionary Baptist Church to obtain comments on the benefits and impacts of two options that were under consideration for the Red Line Extension (RLE) Project alignment—the East Option and the West Option.

Based on public feedback as well as additional project planning and engineering work conducted over the last year, the CTA has selected a Preferred Alignment. The Preferred Alignment is a combination of the previously presented Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) East and West Options and would run along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks from I-57 south to approximately 108th Place, then would cross the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and run along the east side of the tracks until crossing the Metra Electric tracks near 119th Street and continuing south to 130th Street. (See the project map.)

This Preferred Alignment would capture the benefits and minimize the impacts of either option while incorporating the public and agency feedback received on the Draft 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.

CTA news release (1/26/2018)

Fall 2017 newsletter

$75 million investment in RLE announced

On November 27, 2016, then-Mayor Emanuel and CTA announced that the Chicago Transit Board approved an amendment to its FY2016-FY2020 Capital Improvement Plan to include $75 million in funding for the RLE project to extend Red Line rail service to 130th Street from 95th Street. This project includes four new rail stations on Chicago’s Far South Side.

CTA news release (11/27/2016)

Draft EIS

The CTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) prepared a Draft EIS based on the technical analysis of impacts of the previously considered project alternatives. The Draft EIS documents the benefits and impacts of the alternatives under consideration, which includes impacts to parks and wetlands.

The Draft EIS is available here.

Draft EIS public hearing and comments

Pic of woman and child at public meeting about extension Pic of crowd at public meeting about extension

The 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 meeting location 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.

Comments on the Draft EIS were accepted from October 6 to November 30, 2016, and the CTA thanks everyone who submitted a comment or provided feedback. The FTA and the CTA will review the comments received during the public comment period and will address all comments in the Final EIS.

View exhibit boards