Just a week after the Tribune published a story stating that about 10 percent of Cook County residents live in a “transit desert,” the CTA announced forward movement to eliminate a piece of that desert via the proposed Red Line Extension.
The CTA on Sunday said that it has narrowed down to two preliminary options for the proposed Red Line Extension project. The transit agency also announced $5 million of bond funds to move forward on the required federal planning process for the rail line extension.
The two options for extension involve using the east or west side of the Union Pacific railroad tracks. Under the east option, CTA tracks would be placed immediately east of the Union Pacific railroad right-of-way from 99th Street to 118th Street. Under the west option, CTA tracks would be placed immediately west of Union Pacific’s right-of-way from 99th Street to north of 118th Street.
The 5.3-mile extension would include four new stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street, each of which would include bus and parking facilities. The current estimated cost of the project is $2.3 billion. Construction money has not been identified yet.
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