RFP issued for Chicago Red Line extension

the Red Line extensionThe Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has launched the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the construction of the Red Line extension from 95th Street to 130th Street. The agency expects to award the contract in 2024.

CTA’s release of the RFP to the three pre-selected contracting teams:

  • FH Paschen, Ragnar Benson, Milhouse and BOWA Joint Venture;
  • Kiewit Infrastructure; and
  • Walsh VINCI Transit Community Partners

The contracting teams’ proposals will be considered on a variety of criteria, including experience, price, workforce programmes, inclusion of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)-certified firms and other minority owned firms in the project, and other factors. CTA expects major construction of this project to begin in 2025 pending federal approvals, and anticipates beginning pre-construction work in 2024 that will include property demolition and advanced utility relocation work.

“Today we moved yet another step closer to providing residents of the Far South Side with access to rail service by moving to phase two of the procurement process. This follows the recent great news of a nearly USD 2 billion pledge from the federal government to fund the project. The Red Line Extension Project represents equity for the underserved South Side community, giving them a rail line that extends to the city limits,” CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. said.

The USD 3.6 billion project includes the construction of a 9 km (5.6 miles) line from the 95th/Dan Ryan Terminal to 130th Street, four new fully-accessible rail stations as well as multimodal connections at stations which will include bus, bike, pedestrian, and park & ride facilities. The project also covers the construction of a new depot and maintenance facility near 120th Street that will contribute to improved reliability and service across the entire Red Line which will be delivered under a separate project contract.

The design and construction of the Red Line extension will provide long-awaited and much-needed connection to jobs, education, commerce, and opportunity on the Far South Side, while also serving as a catalyst for economic development that benefits the entire City of Chicago.

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