Advance Construction on CTA’s Red Line Extension This Summer

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
CTA is moving “closer to providing Chicago residents with an extended and improved commute on the Red Line, our busiest line, by selecting the best and most qualified firms to ultimately build this dream and make it a reality,” CTA President Dorval R. Carter Jr. said during the May 12 announcement. (CTA Rendering)
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CHICAGO – The CTA announced the start of advance construction on the Red Line Extension over the summer.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) details the advance construction to include relocating utility equipment and demolishing property. This will make way for the 5.6-mile Red Line Extension with four new stations. The extension will go from 95th Street Terminal to 130th Street. In the release, the CTA states it will hold public meetings on June 18th, 25th, and 26th to discuss this construction work with nearby residents and businesses. More information on the public meetings, including times and locations, can be found here.

The utility relocation will occur throughout the project area and includes “new underground trenches and relocation of power and communication lines; shorter poles installed to provide service to adjacent properties; and relocation of power transformers on poles to underground.” The property demolition work will begin either late summer or fall and continue into 2025. The CTA states it has acquired all properties planned for demolition that are located in the future track alignment.

CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. said, “The Red Line Extension Project is coming to the Far South Side of Chicago, and this summer we will take a huge leap forward by starting the groundwork necessary to build new Red Line tracks and stations . . . As a native South Sider, I am proud to deliver on CTA’s promise to transit customers and local residents of new affordable, convenient and reliable Red Line service, as well as bring a wealth of job and training opportunities to residents.”

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