Transit Projects

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On November 15, 2022, WMATA marked the inauguration of the Silver Line Extension, linking passengers to six additional stations and expanding the Metrorail system by 11.4 miles of track. This extension offers commuters a fresh route to Washington Dulles International Airport, along with convenient service between Reston, Va., and eastern Loudoun County. Notably, the Silver Line Extension incorporates a newly built rail maintenance and service yard, situated across 90 acres of land within the Washington Dulles Interna/onal Airport premises.

The CTA has initiated the production of a new generation of rail cars, known as the 7000 series, to replace the aging fleet currently in service, which has been in operation for nearly or over 30 years. This replacement endeavor aims to minimize service disruptions caused by mechanical issues and generate significant operational cost savings. The introduc/on of the 7000 series will complement the existing 5000 series cars currently operational on three CTA rail lines. Upon full implementa/on, the project is expected to provide the CTA with up to 846 new rail cars, valued at over $2 billion.

In recent years, there has been a noticeable uptick in ridership across CTA rail lines. To assess the implications of this growth, the CTA has undertaken a thorough system-wide examination of rail line capacity. This involved analyzing existing congestion levels on each rail line and identifying sections that are currently operating at full capacity or are projected to reach capacity limits in the near future. Furthermore, the study explored the interplay between capacity and physical constraints impacting the CTA's ability to manage crowded conditions effectively. Additionally, a range of potential solutions at a high level was iden/fied for further exploration, aimed at mitigating capacity issues and addressing overcrowding on the rail system moving forward.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is embarking on a significant overhaul of the Congress Line, including the renovation of Racine Station and the establishment of a new substa/on at Morgan Street. With origins da/ng back to 1958, many of the infrastructure assets along the Congress Line are original and have exceeded their intended lifespan. The Phase 1 of the Congress Line Improvement project marks the first step in a broader four-phase endeavor aimed at completely reconstructing the entire Congress Line. Phase 1 enhancements cover the stretch from the Dearborn south subway portal near Halstead and Congress Parkway to the western terminus of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) Station.

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