The CTA board today approved the "locally preferred alternatives" for extending the Red, Orange and Yellow train lines. That means they OKed the results of months of planning and community meetings to narrow down routes and final termination points for the lines.
Next up is the stage where the CTA studies the environmental impact of each line extension and reports on that. I note that these plans are "inching forward" because there is plenty more work to do and hoops to jump through. But it least we are moving forward.
Excerpts from the CTA press release:
The locally preferred alternatives adopted for each rail line:
- Red Line: The CTA recommends an elevated rail extension southeast from the current 95th Street Red Line station to 130th Street.
- Orange Line: The CTA recommends a rail extension from the current Midway Orange Line station to approximately 7600 S. Cicero Avenue.
- Yellow Line: The CTA recommends a single-track elevated rail extension from the current Skokie Yellow Line station to Old Orchard Road.
Read this post for more details and maps.