About the Red Line Extension (RLE) Project

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Overview

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is proposing to extend the Red Line from the existing terminal at 95th/Dan Ryan to 130th Street, subject to the availability of funding. The proposed 5.6-mile extension would include four new stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street. Multimodal connections at each station would include bus, bike, pedestrian, and park & ride facilities. Each new station would include bus and parking facilities. This project is one part of the Red Ahead Program to extend and enhance the entire Red Line.

The RLE Project would provide the following benefits:

  • Equity by providing affordable rapid transit to historically underserved communities and improving mobility for transit-dependent residents and people with disabilities
  • Connectivity and access to the entire city via the CTA network
  • Economic opportunity through connections to jobs, educational opportunities, housing and other services, as well as economic development on the City’s Far South Side
  • Frequent rail service will reduce commute times
  • Sustainable transportation that helps contribute to improved air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and saves energy

Please visit www.transitchicago.com/RLE to learn more!


Red Line Extension Preferred Alignment

Environmental Analysis

The CTA is continuing to advance environmental studies for the RLE Project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). In 2016, the CTA published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a document that summarizes potential impacts to the natural environment and community. You can learn more about the Draft EIS and download its contents by clicking here.

Since the Draft EIS was published in 2016, an opportunity has presented itself to relocate the proposed 130th station from the north side of the street – near the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) – to the south side of 130th Street adjacent to Altgeld Gardens. This station location would bring Red Line riders closer to homes, schools and recreational opportunities and farther away from the industrial land uses, truck traffic, and the MWRD treatment plant.

In 2020, a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) was determined to be required for the RLE project to evaluate the three project changes that have occurred since the publication of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in 2016. The project changes are:

  • 130th Street station relocation
  • 120th Street yard and shop refinement
  • 107th Place cross-over

The Supplemental EA was issued on January 31, 2022 and is available for public review and comment for a 30-day period until March 1, 2022. Click here to learn more about the Supplemental EA and to register for the public hearings and stakeholder meetings that the CTA will be hosting.

Comments on the Supplemental EA and Section 4(f) Evaluation may be made verbally to a court reporter at the virtual and in-person hearings. Written comments will be accepted during the in-person public hearing. In addition, comments will be accepted at any time during the public comment period via the online comment form, the project email (RedExtension@transitchicago.com), and by U.S. mail at the address shown below.

The CTA is also completing environmental studies and preparing preliminary engineering documents to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will be an update to the Draft EIS that addresses substantive comments received from stakeholders and the general public, includes further analysis where needed, and proposes measures to mitigate any negative impacts.

Interested in learning more about environmental analysis? Click here to view the Draft EIS and read about NEPA requirements, or explore the frequently asked questions in the sidebar. If you'd like to be involved in this process, sign up for the RLE contact list here to receive regular email updates.

New video!

Have you seen our new video? Watch it below to learn more about the project! You can also watch it with captions in English or Spanish.


Overview

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is proposing to extend the Red Line from the existing terminal at 95th/Dan Ryan to 130th Street, subject to the availability of funding. The proposed 5.6-mile extension would include four new stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street. Multimodal connections at each station would include bus, bike, pedestrian, and park & ride facilities. Each new station would include bus and parking facilities. This project is one part of the Red Ahead Program to extend and enhance the entire Red Line.

The RLE Project would provide the following benefits:

  • Equity by providing affordable rapid transit to historically underserved communities and improving mobility for transit-dependent residents and people with disabilities
  • Connectivity and access to the entire city via the CTA network
  • Economic opportunity through connections to jobs, educational opportunities, housing and other services, as well as economic development on the City’s Far South Side
  • Frequent rail service will reduce commute times
  • Sustainable transportation that helps contribute to improved air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and saves energy

Please visit www.transitchicago.com/RLE to learn more!


Red Line Extension Preferred Alignment

Environmental Analysis

The CTA is continuing to advance environmental studies for the RLE Project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). In 2016, the CTA published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a document that summarizes potential impacts to the natural environment and community. You can learn more about the Draft EIS and download its contents by clicking here.

Since the Draft EIS was published in 2016, an opportunity has presented itself to relocate the proposed 130th station from the north side of the street – near the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) – to the south side of 130th Street adjacent to Altgeld Gardens. This station location would bring Red Line riders closer to homes, schools and recreational opportunities and farther away from the industrial land uses, truck traffic, and the MWRD treatment plant.

In 2020, a Supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) was determined to be required for the RLE project to evaluate the three project changes that have occurred since the publication of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in 2016. The project changes are:

  • 130th Street station relocation
  • 120th Street yard and shop refinement
  • 107th Place cross-over

The Supplemental EA was issued on January 31, 2022 and is available for public review and comment for a 30-day period until March 1, 2022. Click here to learn more about the Supplemental EA and to register for the public hearings and stakeholder meetings that the CTA will be hosting.

Comments on the Supplemental EA and Section 4(f) Evaluation may be made verbally to a court reporter at the virtual and in-person hearings. Written comments will be accepted during the in-person public hearing. In addition, comments will be accepted at any time during the public comment period via the online comment form, the project email (RedExtension@transitchicago.com), and by U.S. mail at the address shown below.

The CTA is also completing environmental studies and preparing preliminary engineering documents to complete the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This will be an update to the Draft EIS that addresses substantive comments received from stakeholders and the general public, includes further analysis where needed, and proposes measures to mitigate any negative impacts.

Interested in learning more about environmental analysis? Click here to view the Draft EIS and read about NEPA requirements, or explore the frequently asked questions in the sidebar. If you'd like to be involved in this process, sign up for the RLE contact list here to receive regular email updates.

New video!

Have you seen our new video? Watch it below to learn more about the project! You can also watch it with captions in English or Spanish.