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Far South Side Residents Endorse Red Line Extension

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Dorothy Tucker has served as a reporter for CBS 2 Chicago since 1984....
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(CBS) – The CTA has an ambitious proposal in the works: extending the Red Line from 95th Street south to 130th, with four new stops along the way.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker has reaction from CTA riders.

Timothy Thomas rises every morning at 5 to catch the Pace bus near 130th.

“It’s not always accurate,” he says of the schedule.

But the bus is the only way to connect to the CTA train on 95th, which gets him to his job downtown.

“So, if the Red Line were extended it would be great,” Thomas says.

One hundred and thirtieth would be the new last stop on the Red Line extension. New, too, would be stops at 115th, 111th and 103rd. That’s where Kelia Louis now catches the bus.

“That would be very convenient,” Louis says.

The extension would shave 10 to 15 minutes off Louis’ commute from Chicago’s South Side, and even more for suburban commuters.