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CTA plans to seek New Start funding for regional rail projects

Later this year, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) plans to seek federal funding for several rail projects designed to help relieve highway congestion in and around the Windy City.

Projects include constructing the Circle Line, which would connect CTA lines with Chicago’s major employment and special event destinations; extending the Orange Line from Midway Airport to Ford City to improve rail access to downtown from the southwest side; and extending the Red Line from 95th to 130th/Story Island, Yellow Line to Old Orchard Mall and Blue Line to Schaumburg.

The authority also plans to ask for reauthorization of funds for the Cermak (Douglas) Blue Line rehabilitation and Brown Line capacity expansion projects.

Funding would be provided through the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program, which supports locally planned, implemented and operated transit projects.

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