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Transit Future Priority Projects

Much effort has already gone into planning for transit expansion. The region’s long term plan, GO TO 2040, developed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), has identified 30 expansion projects that would dramatically increase transit connectivity. They include:

Transit Improvements and Extensions
CTA Blue Line West Extension Forest Park to Oak Brook
CTA Red Line Extension 95th Street to 130th Street
CTA Orange Line Extension Midway to Ford City Shopping Center
CTA Yellow Line Extension Skokie station to Old Orchard Mall
CTA North Red and Purple Line Improvements Linden to Addison St
Bus Rapid Transit Western Ave or Ashland Ave
CTA Brown Line Extension Kimball to Jefferson Park Blue Line
West Loop Transportation Center Terminal under Clinton Street connecting Metra, Amtrak, CTA, and bus services
Inner Circumferential Rail Service O’Hare to Midway via Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad
Metra Southeast Service To south suburbs
Metra Northwest O’Hare to Hoffman Estates
Metra Gold/Gray Line Millenium Station to 93rd Street
Metra equipment upgrades Replace all locomotives
CTA, Metra, and Pace rehab Equipment improvements

Together, these expansion projects will cost an estimated $15 billion. In the past, the region has looked to the federal government to fund transit expansion, but those days are over. The capital funding for transit improvements will primarily come from the region itself, or not at all. When the Chicago region makes a financial commitment to transit expansion, the federal government will likely play a supportive role. Transit Future is committed to making the improvement and expansion of transit a priority.