In late January, the CTA announced a plan to extend the Red Line by 5.3 extra miles on the south side of the city. This would include four new stations placed near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Ave, and 130th Street.
The project is expected to cost $2.3 billion.
“By extending the Red Line south we are strengthening Chicagoans’ connections to each other, to opportunity and to the world,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Many south side residents told Streets Blog Chicago that the extension is long overdue, and that they deserve the same transit benefits as Northsiders.
The Red Line runs through the entire north side of Chicago.
But many south side residents live in what the Metropolitan Planning Council has called a “transit desert.”