Wednesday, August 10, 2011

CTA: Red Line extension not ready for years

Red Eye:
The CTA has said that the extension could be ready by 2016, depending on the availability of funding. Kevin O'Malley, general manager for strategic planning at the CTA, backed off from that date at an open house for the project Tuesday night.

"It's sort of hard to tell at this point," O'Malley said. "2016--It would be pretty hard to do that at this point."

The CTA held the open house at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Roseland to get public input for its environmental impact statement, which will evaluate the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the construction and operation of the proposed extension.

This phase of the project should take two years to complete, O'Malley said. The CTA received $8.4 million in federal funding to prepare the environmental impact statement, the agency said.
This article could really have used some comments made by people who would actually be affected by this extension just to see what they think the impact would be. Not just a random comment from a person who lives along way from those far south neighborhoods.

BTW, I always figured this extension could happen if Chicago had gotten the 2016 Summer Olympics. So in that context 2016 made sense. Although now that there isn't a lot of money to go around these days, obviously it's a tough sell unfortunately.

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