Pace initiated the planning phase in late 2015 and has met with agencies and local municiaplities to develop initial design concepts and preliminary station locations. A Dempster Line Project Definition Report was developed and outlines preliminary service and operating plans and project cost estimates. Pace will continue coordination with communities and agencies during the environmental analysis to evaluate environmental impacts and further refine station locations and designs.
The project will follow federal regulations to analyze the Dempster Line’s potential environmental impacts. As part of this process, we are seeking public input on the Dempster Line stations and features, analyze and document the project’s anticipated impact on air quality, noise and vibration, as well as ecological, archaeological, and historic resources, and select final station locations.
During the design phase, detailed designs will be developed for selected station locations.
In 2017, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning approved a $10 million construction grant for construction of the Dempster Line. That construction grant is funded through the Federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) 2018-2022 program. Though the schedule for the Dempster Line is subject to change, construction is currently anticipated to take place in 2019-2020 with service launching in 2020.
Stakeholder and public outreach is ongoing throughout the study process.