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Bronzeville, Near South Side

There’s Still Time For 3rd Ward Residents To Weigh In On The Red Line Extension

An online survey is open through Friday.

A CTA Red Line train passes through the 79th Street station on Aug. 9, 2022.
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BRONZEVILLE — South Siders who wish to comment on the proposed extension of the Red Line can fill out an online questionnaire until Friday.

Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) launched the survey last week. The CTA is exploring the possibility of extending the popular line from 95th Street and the Dan Ryan to 130th Street, but the plan depends on funding.

The 5.6-mile, $3.6 billion extension would add four stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, 116th Street and Michigan Avenue and 130th Street. Riders would be able to connect to buses, bikes and park and ride facilities at each station.

Sixty percent of the funding would come from federal coffers, while the remaining 40 percent would come from the CTA, bonds, grants and additional local sources. No state money will be used.

The CTA is proposing the creation of a Red Line Extension TIF that would “generate close to $950 million” for the project, with 3rd Ward properties contributing $201.7 million, or 21 percent of the total TIF allocation, according to the CTA.

The survey asks residents if they support the use of TIF funding for the long-planned project, how they might benefit from extended Red Line service and what they want to see TIF money used for.

All responses and identifying information will remain confidential.

A map of the proposed Red Line Extension can be found here

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