Wednesday, May 20, 2015

June 3 Hearing To Air Opposition to CTA Brown Line Flyover Construction

            Opponents to the Chicago Transit Authority’s $570 million project to build a 45 foot high overpass carrying the Brown Line’s northbound light rail tracks over the northbound and southbound Red Line tracks and the southbound Purple Line tracks just north of Clark and Belmont will get the opportunity to voice their concerns about the four year long construction project at a hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted Street, Chicago. To complete the congestion relieving and transit capacity enhancing project, CTA will need to acquire 21 real properties, including 16 existing commercial and residential buildings in the neighborhood, as well as moving the historic Vautravers Building 29 feet west of its current location at 947-949 West Newport Avenue.

            CTA’s brand new President Dorval Carter Jr., who just arrived in town from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration, numbers the Brown Line Flyover as among CTA’s top construction priorities. Though the FTA has said it supports the flyover concept, this far it has only funded environmental studies required to launch the effort. CTA has not secured any funding source for the costs of actually building the overpass. Opposition to the project is led by neighborhood resident Ellen Hughes, whose home is slated for condemnation to make way for the overpass construction.
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