Chicago sets route for L extension, seeks funding

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The Chicago Transit Authority has selected a route for extension of one elevated train line, but now must find funding for the project.

At a Jan. 26 media conference, Chicago mayor Raul Emanuel and CTA President Dorval Carter Jr. said the agency has settled on a route to extend the L’s Red Line by 5.3 miles and four stations on the city’s South Side. That line, which currently ends at 95th Street, would extend to 130th Street, with additional stations at 103rd Street, 111th Street, and Michigan Avenue. It would mostly parallel an existing Union Pacific right-of-way.

But, reports the Chicago Tribune, no funding currently exists for the $2.3 billion project, which would require acquisition of up to 154 parcels of privately owned land and would not begin construction before 2022. The project would take about four years. The agency has received $85 million in federal funding for preliminary work, including engineering and environmental studies, and will pursue a mix of federal, state and local funds for construction.

The full Tribune report is available here.
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