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Transportation appropriations bill earmarks $88.7 million for CTA

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is slated to receive $88.7 million in federal funds next year as part of the transportation appropriations bill approved by Congress last month.

The bill earmarks $45.2 million and $40 million in Full Funding Grant Agreements for the authority’s Brown Line capacity expansion and Cermak (Douglas) Blue Line rehabilitation projects, respectively.

The Federal Transit Administration also earmarked $1 million each for Circle Line/Ogden and Yellow Line alternatives analyses. CTA plans to extend the Yellow Line to serve Old Orchard Mall, Cook County Courthouse, and adjacent office and retail developments, and build the Circle Line to link CTA and Metra services in central Chicago.

Finally, the bill appropriates $800,000 for 95th Street Station improvements and $750,000 for the Purple Line viaduct replacement.

Now, authority officials will work with Illinois legislators to develop a funding program to match the federal dollars.

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