New RLE Benefits Sheet launches
Check out our newly updated benefits sheet released as the RLE Project prepares to enter its next phase! Learn more about the project, its benefits, and future progress.
CTA Red Line Extension Transit-Supportive Development Plan adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development released the Red Line Extension (RLE) Transit-Supportive Development (TSD) Plan. The TSD Plan is a proactive effort to create a guide for future development in the long-disinvested communities located near the RLE project area. The plan is the culmination of significant community engagement, agency coordination, and technical analysis.
The TSD Plan will help leverage the full potential of the transit investment by guiding development that enhances economic vitality, transit ridership, multimodal connectivity, and the pedestrian environment along with preserving affordable housing.
The Draft TSD Plan was presented to the City of Chicago Plan Commission on February 16, 2023, and was available for public comment from February 13 to March 14, 2023.The revised Plan was presented to the Chicago Plan Commission and was adopted as an official City Plan on May 18, 2023.
Visit the RLE TSD page for more information and to view the plan.
CTA news release (5/18/2023)
CTA identifies bidders for historic Red Line Extension Project
CTA has chosen three qualified contracting teams to submit design-build proposals for project construction.
Firms submitted their qualifications through a RFQ process in 2022. The following contracting teams were selected as being most qualified to design and build the extension: FH Paschen, Ragnar Benson, Milhouse and BOWA Joint Venture; Kiewit Infrastructure; and Walsh VINCI Transit Community Partners. These entities represent a variety of local, national and international businesses.
The contracting teams’ proposals will be considered on a variety of criteria, including experience, price and other factors. We expect major construction of this project to begin in late 2025. The project start date is dependent on securing full project funding.
CTA news release (5/12/2023)
Meet The Contractors - RLE short listed prime contractors event
Join CTA Diversity Programs to learn about the Red Line Extension, short listed prime contractors, and learn more about partnering with them on upcoming opportunities.
July 18, 2023 - Register Here
Spring 2023 newsletter
New information on President Biden’s budget plan including RLE funds. Plus, community spotlights and workforce developments.
New Property Management contract awarded for Red Line Extension Project
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today is taking another important step as part of the transformational Red Line Extension (RLE) project with the award of a new, four-year property maintenance contract not to exceed $23.5M.
The property management contract was awarded to East Lake Management Group, Inc. by the Chicago Transit Board following a competitive bid process. The initial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation goal for the contract was 30 percent; however, the vendor surpassed that and has committed to a 60 percent DBE participation goal, which translates into more than $14M of the overall contract value being made available to businesses certified as disadvantaged business enterprises.
The RLE project has several parcels that will need to be acquired in anticipation of a design build contract being awarded at a future date. CTA will own the parcels before the design build contractor takes control of them. During this time, the contracted property manager will secure and maintain the properties. The outside services from the property manager is necessary due to the effort and timeline obligations that are needed to protect these properties.
CTA news release (1/13/2023)