Weekend Journal: Red Line Extension Project, Blackhawks Pose With Adoptable Pooches In New Calendar

FIRST GUEST: Irene Ferradaz, Chicago Transit Authority Media Representative

The Red Line is the most traveled on line of all the CTA routes hitting major landmarks such as Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, and Soldier Field. It cuts through the Mag Mile and the Loop. From Chinatown to Uptown and the popular neighborhoods of Lincoln Park, the Red Line can take you just about anywhere in the wonderful City of Chicago. And in a few years, it could take you to even more places in the city.

The Chicago Transit Authority is currently in the planning stages of a proposed extension to the ever popular Red Line rail system. Under the proposal, an additional 5.3 miles of railroad will extend the Red Line to 130th Street with four additional train stops at 103rd, 111th, Michigan, and 130th. Click here to see a map of the proposed route.

Under Mayor Emanuel, $5 billion have been invested to modernizing the public transit system, which was first built in the late 1800’s. To say parts of the system need be upgraded is an understatement. “This is an unprecedented investment,” says Ferradaz. Not only would the rail system be improved, but the CTA is predicting a spike in job creation as well.

This extension project set to begin in 2022 would create jobs in construction, train operations, and traffic control. And with an expected increase of 40,000 more people riding the Red Line after it’s extended, these new train stations will also likely create a greater need for services increasing business and revenue in those communities.

“The CTA does have a huge committment to creating jobs and spurring economic development around train and bus stations,” Ferradaz says.

Members of the community are encouraged to provide feedback by mid-December via email (redextension@transitchicago.com) or via snail mail (567 W. Lake St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL, 60661).

“We’re looking for this [extension project] to benefit future generations of transit riders, and the future of the city of Chicago.”

Learn all about the red line extension project at transitchicago.com/redeis.

SECOND GUEST: Scott Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Garrett Popcorn Shops

Chicago’s favorite snack company Garrett Popcorn Shops is teaming up with Feeding America to help feed the hungry during the holiday season.

So this Thanksgiving, instead of making that green bean casserole, bring a special Feeding America tin of Garrett Popcorn to your family dinner! It will taste delicious, and you’ll feel great knowing that 10% of the sales benefit Feeding America.

For store locations or to order online, visit garrettpopcorn.com.

THIRD GUEST: Amanda Bickell, co-founder of the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation

Adoptable doggies + Chicago Blackhawks = Perfect Christmas Gift

Once again, the Bryan and Amanda Bickell Foundation has put together another stellar calendar featuring adoptable pooches posing with members of the Blackhawks and Bears, as well as cast members of Chicago Fire and Chicago PD! The best part? Proceeds benefit the programs at the Bickell Foundation which help formerly abused children and dogs.

The 2017 Bickell Foundation calendar is available for pre-order right now, which you’ll want to take advantage of because all pre-order customers are eligible to win a calendar signed by everyone in it! Check out bickellfoundation.org/calendar to pre-order and see a teaser video of the photo shoot.

Bryan Bickell, formerly #29 of the Chicago Blackhawks, may be a part of the Carolina Hurricanes, but he’ll always be a Blackhawk to us! The Bickell Foundation is still based in Chicago (and Ontario, Canada), finding homes for dogs, working to eliminate the wrongful stigma associated with “pit bull” type dogs, and helping formerly abused kids right here in Chicago.

Their Paws for Strength program takes place at the Hephzibah House in Oak Park, where formerly abused dogs who have been rehabiliated and now act as therapy dogs to help children who were abused. Learn more about the program and how you can get involved here.

Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US99 and 7:00 on US99 HD2 The Wolf.

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