Red Line Extension Plans Released in Chicago
"The CTA has decided on a path for its proposed extension of the Red Line’s south branch, bringing the long-discussed project one step closer to getting done," reports Mary Wisniewski.
"The proposed route, which will be announced Friday, starts at 95th Street and would run along the west side of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks from I-57 south to about 109th Street. There it would cross the UP tracks and continue along the east side of the tracks until crossing Metra Electric tracks near 119th Street, and then continue south to 130th Street," according to Wisniewski.
The project would add four new stations and cost $2.3 billion. Construction is still dependent on funding. Funding for transit funding, as Wisniewski notes, is tight both at the federal and state levels.