METRORail Red Line
|Termini||Northline Transit Center Station (north)|
|Opened||January 1, 2004|
Expanded on December 21, 2013
|Line length||12.8 mi (20.6 km)|
|4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Highest elevation||At-grade with two |
The Red Line is one of three
Construction on a 5.3-mile (8.5 km) extension to the north began July 2009, and was expected to continue until 2014, though the opening date was later pushed back to 2015. On December 8, 2011, the FTA announced the award of a $450 million grant from the New Starts transit program to fund construction of the Red Line. Better than expected construction progress eventually led to the new line opening ahead of schedule on December 21, 2013.
The approximately 12.8-mile (20.6 km) Red Line runs through the heart of the historic North Side, a storied neighborhood rooted in rail that came into being with the expansion, in the 1880s, of the Hardy Rail Line.
Starting at Fannin South, the Red Line travels parallel to Fannin Street, crossing under
Since 2013, the Red Line continues north, following Main Street through the Burnett Transit Center and on to Boundary Street, where it crosses east to Fulton Street, and proceeds north on Fulton through the Near Northside to its current terminus at the Northline Transit Center, located adjacent to the Northline campus of the