CTA’s largest-ever expansion reaches out to fulfill a transit gap

With a focus on economic development in a part of the city that’s been starved for transit access and investment for much of its history, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced in September nearly $2 billion of federal funding for its Red Line Extension. The plan will add four new stops across 5.6 miles to the Red Line El on the far South Side of the city, the only part of Chicago where CTA rail does not approach city limits. Located in some of the least densely populated areas of Chicago, it’s a plan to spur development by building toward greater transit demand.


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