The Chicago Transit Authority is getting $35 million in federal transportation "core capacity" grant funds as a downpayment on a $4.7 billion plan to upgrade service on the Red and Purple lines that serve Evanston.
The grant was announced late Monday by Sen. Dick Durbin, who was instrumental in winning congressional approval of the new funding source, and other officials.
The money will be used for environmental planning and preliminary engineering work for the project which is designed to increase capacity by 20 to 50 percent and reduce travel times.
Red-Purple modernization project gets initial batch of federal funds (Chicago Tribune)
CTA gets $35 million for Red Line work (Chicago Business)