Community Development - New Skokie Swift/Yellow Line Stations 

The CTA's Yellow Line is a significant asset for the Village. As indicated by the Transportation section of the Comprehensive Plan, the Village is committed to expanding and improving the accessibility of the Yellow Line for residents, workers, shoppers and visitors through the addition of a new station facility downtown as well as an extension of the existing rail line to the Old Orchard area. 


Swift Updates

Every month until construction is complete the Village will release a construction update on the CTA Yellow Line Oakton Station in Downtown Skokie.  Please see below for the most current update.


Oakton (Downtown) Station

The Village has secured federal and local funding to design and construct Oakton Station between Oakton Street and Searle Parkway in downtown Skokie. A new tax increment financing (TIF) district is set up around the station site to supplement that funding. The Village has hired McDonough Associates to develop the station design.  Land acquisition is also underway.


Old Orchard Rail Extension 
The Chicago Transit Authority has signed a contract with Parsons Brinkerhoff to complete an alternatives analysis for the Old Orchard Road extension. The alternatives analysis is the first step for federal rail extension projects before engineering and construction work can begin. The first public meeting was on August 26, 2008 at National-Louis University, and a second public meeting was on April 30, 2009 at Niles North High School. For updates and findings, visit www.transitchicago.com; information on the Yellow Line can be found under the "Initiatives" and "Alternatives Analysis Studies" links.
  • Skokie Swift North Shore Corridor Travel Market Analysis: In 2007, the Village, the City of Evanston and the Regional Transportation Authority completed the Skokie Swift North Shore Corridor Travel Market Analysis. This report analyzed the ridership potential for an extension of the Skokie Swift to Old Orchard Road and adding another intermediate stop in Evanston. A 14-page Executive Summary is also available.