Red Line Extension

What's New

Virtual Community Meeting scheduled for the Red Line Extension 

Join us for a virtual community meeting on December 8 (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.) or December 9 (1:30- 3:00 p.m.) for updates on the Red Line Extension (RLE) project and an introduction to the new RLE Transit-Supportive Development (TSD) plan! To learn more visit

Fall 2020 newsletter

New video and Facebook page 

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

Summer 2020 newsletter

CTA approves consultant team 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, including preparation of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and preliminary engineering documents. The work completed under this contract will allow the Red Line Extension 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 mitigation 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 access that the RLE Project will provide. They also offered their continued assistance on sharing project updates from 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

CTA commits $310 million for Red Line Extension

In its most recent budget proposal, the Chicago Transit Board included $310 million to extend the Red Line to 130th Street. This is the single most significant funding contribution that CTA has ever made towards the RLE project, and will fund engineering and design work needed to position the project to receive federal funding. Read more about the CTA’s budget proposal here.

Fall 2019 Newsletter

Red Line Extension receives $1.48M FTA grant

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

Red Line Extension program manager

Chicago Transit Board approved the award of RLE Program Management Contract to HNTB Corp. The Program Manager will oversee final environmental review and preliminary engineering work necessary to ultimately seek federal funding for the project.

Public Open House scheduled for the Red Line Extension 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.

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CTA selects a Preferred Alignment for Red Line Extension

In fall 2016, 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 and additional project planning and engineering work conducted over the last year, 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 and incorporates 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. (See news release.)

Fall 2017 newsletter

$75 million investment in Red Line extension announced

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

Draft EIS

CTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) prepared a Draft EIS based on the technical analysis of impacts of the 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

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 CTA thanks everyone who submitted a comment. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and CTA will review the comments received during the public comment period and will address all comments in the Final EIS.

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