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What an extended Red Line could mean for Chicago’s Far South Side

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, two men wait for a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on Chicago’s Southside. Public transit systems nationwide are grappling with plummeting ridership and revenue during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

What an extended Red Line could mean for Chicago’s Far South Side

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, two men wait for a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on Chicago’s Southside. Public transit systems nationwide are grappling with plummeting ridership and revenue during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

What an extended Red Line could mean for Chicago’s Far South Side

The CTA is set to receive $2 billion in federal funds to help complete a 5.6-mile extension of the Red Line past 95th Street.

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, two men wait for a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on Chicago’s Southside. Public transit systems nationwide are grappling with plummeting ridership and revenue during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

   

The $3.7 billion project — 50 years in the making — has reached what transit officials call “the final phase” of the federal funding process. When complete, the Red Line will include four new stops, including a new terminus at 130th Street near Altgeld Gardens.

Reset checks in with community leaders from the far South Side about the potential positive impacts of connecting their neighborhoods to the El system.

GUESTS: Cheryl Johnson, executive director, People for Community Recovery

Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

Andrea Reed, executive director, Greater Roseland Chamber of Commerce

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