13 August 2009 ? In a plan to link under-served areas of the city and near suburbs, the CTA has approved a $2 billion plan to extend three lines by almost ten miles. While similar projects in other cities require the taking of personal property to make room for the new lines, Chicago’s project will use mostly Union Pacific right-of-way property. Residents on the south side, where a six mile extension of the Red Line is planned, have been more supportive than those potentially impacted by the extension of the Skokie Swift Yellow Line. Residents have expressed a concern about a negative impact on their properties driven by close proximity to the one-line elevated tracks planned for the 1.6 mile extension. The project is in the early planning stages, with preliminary engineering to begin next spring, and the CTA board is hoping that federal funds will cover 80% of the costs.Email This Post To a Friend.
CTA Expansion of El Lines
August 13, 2009
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