Tuesday, December 18, 2012

WBEZ: New report makes case for CTA Red Line extension

Does this mean the extension is much closer to a reality?
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning completed a report that says an extension would improve the liveability for nearby residents.

Currently, the Chicago Transit Authority stops at 95th Street; an extension would go to 130th Street. Highlights from the report say expanding the Red Line would: provide more transportation choices, shorten commutes and create local jobs.

Randy Blankenhorn, executive director of CMAP, said it wasn’t enough for the agency to just say the extension was needed.

“It’s incumbent on us to keep moving this forward and keep putting pressure on not only the federal government but our state and local resources as ways to fund this project,” Blankenhorn said.

CMAP has also invested $1 million in engineering on the project. CTA is working on an environmental study. The Red Line extension would cost $1.5 billion.
BTW, you can listen to the audio version here [AUDIO]

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