Friday, January 21, 2011

SUN-TIMES: Extend Red Line to 130th Street, Emanuel says

Another story about Rahm Emanuel talkin' up the Red Line extension into Roseland & Altgeld Gardens:
Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel stood in a gospel music store at 107th and Halsted Thursday to announce his first mass-transit priority as mayor would be to extend the Red Line to 130th Street.

“Stopping at 95th Street cuts off stores like this from commuters and customers,” Emanuel said.

Extending the line would cost about $1.4 billion, but Emanuel said he demonstrated as a congressman he would be “strong, direct … and focused” when it comes to winning federal money for Chicago, as he did for the Brown Line modernization.

He also wants $300,000 to fix up the tracks from 18th to 95th streets and another $1 billion to modernize the tracks north of Belmont.

Thursday’s announcement was a “heads up to Springfield and Washington, D.C.” that the Red Line extension will be his top mass-transit priority if elected. He said the project could bring 4,000 construction jobs.
You can read the previous story here!

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