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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

CTA Red Line extension meeting regarding the station at 130th street

 I'm sorry I haven't be able to adequately advertise these virtual townhalls regarding the CTA Red Line extension. One had just passed last night, however, regarding the proposed station at 103rd Street as you see in the flyer below. There will be two other meetings on the 103rd Street and Michigan Avenue stops later this month.

Meanwhile StreetsBlog Chicago has a recent story about the meeting about the 130th Street stop for the proposed Red Line extension

Far South Siders who attended the January 27 virtual community meeting on the future 130th Street Red Line ‘L’ station said that they want a grocery store in the area, as well as a initiatives to clean up decades of decades of soil contamination and reduce pollution coming from the nearby industrial areas and landfills.

As part of the planning process for the long-awaited Red Line extension to 130th Street, the CTA and the city are creating the Transit-Supportive Development Plan that, as the name suggests, will guide development around the future stations. 130th Street station, the line’s future southbound terminal, would be located in Altgeld Gardens, a housing project that currently doesn’t have many transit links to the rest of the city, or much in the way of places to buy groceries, and other amenities. Furthermore, the area has experienced decades of pollution, to say nothing of a nearby landfill one attendee mockingly called “Mount Garbage.”
The CTA polled the attendees on what they wanted to see near 130th. A new farmer’s market emerged as an overwhelming favorite (not a surprise, considering that most of Far South Side is a food desert), followed by biking and walking trails and “plazas and other gathering spaces.” In terms of what new jobs they would like to see in the community, healthcare providers got the most votes, followed closely by restaurants, transportation, and warehousing.

In terms of residential development, attendees voted overwhelmingly in favor of single-family homes, and there wasn’t much interest in taller housing and and mixed-use housing with retail spaces on the first floor. Unlike most Chicago public housing developments, Altgeld Gardens never had a high-rise component.

Here's a video CTA released about the proposed extension last summer, I did a post about it which is in this blog's archives. [VIDEO]


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