Capital Projects

Regional Capital Program

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Capital programming is a core function of the RTA. RTA and the Service Boards have worked to articulate as well as advance a capital strategy for transit projects in the Chicagoland region.

Priority Projects have been identified by the Service Boards. These priority projects were defined in the Invest in Transit Regional Transit Strategic Plan and are updated on an annual basis. This page shows details about the funding for each priority project.

The 2022-2026 5-Year Regional Capital Program includes over 200 projects that are advancing many of these Priority Projects. The capital projects are shown in the table below, organized by Priority Project and can also be seen in a mapped form on the RTA Capital Projects Dashboard. Each project listing shows the amount of funding programmed in the 2022-2026 Regional Capital Program. Each listing also shows the core requirement(s) and strategic goals that each project helps to address, as defined in the region’s new performance-based capital allocation process.

Notably, the region has committed to dedicating 20% of programmed funds to projects that fulfill the core requirements of improving equity or achieving full accessibility for 2025 and beyond as a part of the new performance-based capital allocation process. 

The Service Boards have met and exceeded the 20% goal for the 2025 and 2026 budget years. Detailed analysis of the core requirements and strategic goals can be found in the Regional Transit Operating Budget and Capital Program

Read more about RTA’s capital programming activities here.

Project Management Oversite (PMO) data is provided for projects that are being actively monitored by the PMO group. Data included current activities, start and end date and budget and schedule status. The following page has a full list of active PMO projects.

 

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Agency Priority Project Modesort descending 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding 10 Year Funding Needed 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ Pace ADA ADA Regional Paratransit Program System $0 $0 $257,772,000 $257,772,000

Description:

Replacement of vehicles and radio systems for existing program. New vehicles, transfer locations and maintenance facilities for direct Pace ownership of assets for ADA service within City of Chicago

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ ADA Technology Upgrades and Transfer Centers Miscellaneous Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Regional ADA Paratransit Communication Technology and Transfer Locations - Projects include upgrades to the Trapeze software, TripCheck online booking and tracking, TripCheck Interactive Voice Response phone system, text/email notifications, and Ventra integration. In areas with frequent transfers, funding will be used to purchase land, build facilities, and provide amenities for riders. Pace has identified a location that is adjacent to the Northwest Transportation Center in Schaumburg that is planned to be the first of these transfer locations.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$15,800,000
$0
$0
$15,800,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$20,000,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2020

End Date

Dec 2026

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status

Progress continued with the Taxi Access Program during this reporting period. This project involves two phases with the first being consulting services related to managing the Taxi Access Program and the second is for Taxi Access Program service. Evaluations of proposals for Phase I are ongoing. The RFP for the second phase will be reviewed and finalized once phase one is active. Activity continues on two phases of Trapeze technology enhancements to Pace’s Trapeze paratransit scheduling system. For the transfer center, the design for the Northwest Transfer Center has been completed and the bid package will be advertised by the end of this quarter. Pace is also meeting with Calumet City and working on the Intergovernmental Agreement for the second ADA Transfer Center location.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Pace Regional Transit Signal Priority (RTSP) System $2,400,693 $4,288,929 $39,000,000 $35,268,503

Description:

Expand Transit Signal Priority installations region-wide

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Transit Signal Priority (TSP) Electrical, Signal, & Communications Bus $2,400,693 $4,288,929

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Transit Signal Priority Integration - TSP implementation along priority corridors as part of the Regional Transit Signal Priority Implementation Program. Pace plans to deploy TSP along nine additional corridors at approximately 300 signalized intersections. The corridors include: 159th Street, Sibley Boulevard/147th Street, Roosevelt Road, Cicero Avenue, 95th Street, Grand Avenue (Lake County), Cermak Road, I-90 Transit Corridor Access Intersections and Halsted Street. This form represents the portion of the project funded with PAYGO in 2024.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$2,400,693
$1,888,236
$4,288,929
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,502,507
$2,400,693
$1,888,236
$5,791,436

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$12,943,374

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Dec 2019

End Date

Oct 2022

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status

The vendor received the permit to implement TSP system along 58 signalized intersections of Dempster Street from IDOT. Systems integration testing were completed at 33 of the 58 signalized intersections and continue construction along six intersections. The vendor received approval from the City of Evanston to implement TSP along Grand and Sheridan. The contractor received IDOT permit for full deployment along Roosevelt road and is mobilizing for construction. The vendor also received IDOT design approval for TSP deployment along 95th St., 147th St., and Cicero Ave and expects permits soon. The contractor submitted IDOT permit applications for Rand Road, Cermak Road, and 159th St. TSP corridors.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ CTA Administration - CTA System $11,573,956 $52,409,244 $101,879,860 $49,470,616

Description:

CTA's administrative projects

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Office Building Principle and Interest Miscellaneous System $6,186,456 $30,938,025

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The scope of this project will provide for capitalized lease payments for the new administration building, and improvements and upgrades to existing facilities and associated elements throughout the system.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$6,186,456
$24,751,569
$30,938,025
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$6,189,788
$6,186,456
$24,751,569
$37,127,813

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Support Services Contingencies & Administration System $5,387,500 $21,471,219

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Funding will provide for Project Administration for the program of projects.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$4,227,245
$16,083,719
$20,310,964
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$1,160,255
$0
$1,160,255
Total
$4,215,368
$5,387,500
$16,083,719
$25,686,587

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Bond Repayment, Interest Cost & Finance Cost System $317,940,808 $1,082,755,650 $1,746,838,407 $664,082,757

Description:

Support CTA Debt

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ CTA Bond Repayment - Principal/Interest Miscellaneous System $317,940,808 $1,082,755,650

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Bond Repayment, Interest Cost, & Finance Cost: Provide for debt service and the cost of issuance of bonds, notes and other indebtedness incurred by the CTA.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$186,903,294
$764,814,842
$951,718,136
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$131,037,514
$0
$131,037,514
Total
$164,754,798
$317,940,808
$764,814,842
$1,247,510,448

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Program Management System $6,606,375 $33,031,875 $66,064,000 $33,032,125

Description:

Provide for Program Management

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Program Management Miscellaneous System $6,606,375 $33,031,875

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Professional services to manage implementation of the CTA's Capital Construction Program. Funds provide for a construction program management consultant.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$6,606,375
$26,425,500
$33,031,875
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$6,606,375
$6,606,375
$26,425,500
$39,638,250

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Program Development System $525,000 $2,625,000 $26,250,000 $23,625,000

Description:

Provide for Program Development

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Program Development - UWP Contingencies & Administration System $525,000 $2,625,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Develop and refine CTA's capital programs for inclusion into five year regional Transportation Improvement Program. Provide support as required to finalize the current TIP. Analyze project proposals for potential inclusion in the Authority's Capital Program, presentations to the public, CTA Board and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$420,000
$1,680,000
$2,100,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$105,000
$420,000
$525,000
Total
$625,000
$525,000
$2,100,000
$3,250,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA BRT/Bus Slow Zone Removal/ TSP/Dedicated Lane projects System $0 $15,200,000 $231,240,000 $216,040,000

Description:

Targeted street and traffic signal improvements to increase bus speeds

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Bus Slow Zones Elimination Program Miscellaneous Bus $0 $15,200,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This is a joint partnership with CDOT where CTA and CDOT will implement a coordinated program of bus priority treatments and targeted solutions for specific problem areas, in order to improve speed and reliability on major bus corridors. Project funds will cover final design and construction for all six routes.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$15,200,000
$15,200,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,675,000
$0
$15,200,000
$16,875,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Bus Priority Zone Study Miscellaneous Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Bus Priority Zones:

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$275,000
$0
$0
$275,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Rail Yard Improvements System $3,950,000 $7,900,000 $263,274,412 $255,374,412

Description:

Improvements to CTA Rail Yards

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Rail Facilities (Yards) Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $3,950,000 $7,900,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Funding will provide for the upgrades to be made to the rail yard system infrastructure including track and associated components, fire suppression, and lighting. Other facility deficiencies will be address including but not limited to: boilers, trash collection systems, roofs, windows, pavement replacement, rail hoist replacement, inspection pit rehabilitation, roof replacements, and heating and ventilation air conditioning systems. Overall this project will allow CTA to address multiple state of good repair needs at rail yard facilities.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$3,950,000
$3,950,000
$7,900,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$3,950,000
$3,950,000
$3,950,000
$11,850,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Rail Facilities - Des Plaines Yard Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The Rail Facilities State of Good Repair Program focuses on critical improvements at CTA rail yards, which include improvements to the yard infrastructure itself (ties, rail, fasteners, ballast, contact rail etc.) as well as the yard fire suppression systems and lighting. The Des Plaines Yard project will include the reconstruction and reconfiguration of the inner and outer lead tracks, including associated special trackwork. Replacement and reconfiguration of the special trackwork in the east yard storage, including the road crossings to the yard shops will also be completed.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$0
$0

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$22,858,137

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Mar 2022

End Date

Aug 2023

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status

The Notice to Proceed for the designer was issued in March 2022. The design validation process in ongoing. The 30% design is expected to be completed by the end of May 2022.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ CTA Non-Revenue Vehicle Replacement Program System $4,558,095 $20,558,095 $86,300,000 $65,741,905

Description:

Replacement of vehicles needed for maintenance and operations support

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Non-Revenue Vehicles - Diesel Locomotives Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $3,333,095 $3,333,095

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Equipment and Non-Revenue Vehicles (Diesel Locomotives): Funding will provide for the replacement of CTA's diesel locomotive snow fighters. The self-propelled locomotives with special attachments to remove snow and ice during severe winter weather conditions are able to operate and clear system track, so that CTA can safely power up the system to restore/provide service. When traction power is down, this equipment will also be used to move rolling stock to secure locations.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$3,333,095
$0
$3,333,095
Total
$4,000,000
$3,333,095
$0
$7,333,095

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$22,731,013

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Aug 2020

End Date

Jan 2023

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status

The design review of vehicles' major elements is complete except for the broom cart. Shop fabrication and orders have been released for prime mover frame, engine skid, bogies, operator cabs and blower cart frame. Broom cart design is in process. The first engine skid frame and diesel engine were dry‐fit assembled and engine pipe routed for review. Several remaining sub‐system design packages continued to be reviewed and resubmitted. First delivery is expected in July 2022.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Equipment and Non-Revenue Vehicles Program Support Facilities & Equipment System $0 $16,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

CTA plans to invest funds annually to fund the phased replacement of aged equipment and vehicles used by CTA maintenance groups that include Bus, Rail, Power & Way, and Facilities.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$16,000,000
$16,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$16,000,000
$16,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Non-Revenue Utility Vehicle Replacement Support Facilities & Equipment System $1,225,000 $1,225,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Heavy-Duty Vehicles to support routine infrastructure maintenance, emergency repairs, and recovery operations.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$1,225,000
$0
$1,225,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$1,225,000
$0
$1,225,000

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Pace Support Equipment/Non-Revenue Vehicles System $0 $2,000,000 $22,850,000 $20,850,000

Description:

Facility and system maintenance equipment and vehicles

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Support Equipment - Non-Revenue Vehicles Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $2,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Support Equipment/Non-Revenue Vehicles - Projects in 2021 include the purchase of 18 compact SUVs and one minivan with wheelchair ramp.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$2,000,000
$2,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022