CTA begins construction on RLE, expects to award design-build contract in 2024

CTA begins construction on RLE, expects to award design-build contract in 2024 Image credit: CTA

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced the next significant step for the historic Red Line Extension (RLE) Project, including the start of utility relocation and demolition ahead of project groundbreaking in late 2025.

The historic RLE Project will extend the Red Line by 5.6 miles from the 95th Street Terminal to 130th Street with four new, accessible stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue and 130th Street. Each station is expected to include bus, bike, pedestrian and parking facilities. The project will also build a new rail yard and related rail facilities near 120th Street to improve operational efficiency for the entire Red Line and CTA system. 

The RLE is expected to provide up to 30 minutes of time savings to riders traveling from the future 130th Station to the Loop. Construction is expected to start in late 2025 and be completed by the end of 2029. CTA anticipates awarding a design-build contract for the RLE in 2024.

Source: CTA