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 also shown in the table below, organized by Priority Project. 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.

Information related to the RTA’s project management oversight (PMO) program is under construction and will be released in early 2022.

 

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Agency Priority Projectsort descending Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding 10 Year Funding Needed 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ Metra 75th Street Corridor Rail $0 $0 $1,493,500,000 $1,493,500,000

Description:

Reconfigure track shared by Metra, Amtrak, and freight trains

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ CREATE - P2 Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will provide engineering for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) that will relieve rail congestion by separating freight and passenger rail lines. Bottlenecks will be eliminated, and train idling will be reduced.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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
$6,500,000
$0
$0
$6,500,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Metra A-2 Interlocking Replacement Rail $0 $0 $749,500,000 $749,500,000

Description:

Separate tracks at busiest switching location on Metra system

No Results Found

+ 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
+ Pace ADA Projects Miscellaneous System $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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ CTA Administration - CTA System $11,548,580 $52,383,868 $101,879,860 $49,495,992

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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 12.15.2021

+ Support Services Contingencies & Administration System $5,362,124 $21,445,843

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$4,276,250
$16,083,719
$20,359,969
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$1,085,874
$0
$1,085,874
Total
$0
$5,362,124
$16,083,719
$21,445,843

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Metra Administration - Metra Rail $31,004,819 $102,718,286 $0 $0

Description:

Metra's administrative projects

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Contingencies Contingencies & Administration Rail $1,179,819 $5,118,286

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will fund both emergencies and unanticipated capital needs that arise throughout the course of the program year. Items covered require immediate attention and cannot wait for inclusion in the budget for the forthcoming program year. Contingencies are necessary to fund emergency activities to prevent project and service delays.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$1,179,819
$3,938,467
$5,118,286
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,732,229
$1,179,819
$3,938,467
$6,850,515

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Financial System Replacement Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $2,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project provides for the development and implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System at Metra. This project will replace Metra's payroll software that is nearing technical obsolescence as Microsoft is scheduled to end support of the current application. The replacement system will integrate internal and external management of information across the Metra organization, including such areas as finance, accounting, sales, inventory, customer service and human resources.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$2,000,000
$2,000,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Infrastructure Engineering Miscellaneous Rail $2,500,000 $13,750,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project funds various engineering responsibilities for capital projects. Project funds support the implementation of capital projects and cover the costs of Metra’s Engineering Department and consultants providing professional services. The associated professional consultant services may include design engineering and/or construction management in the areas of civil, structural, electrical, mechanical, signal, communications, and environmental engineering.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$2,500,000
$11,250,000
$13,750,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$2,500,000
$11,250,000
$13,750,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Office Equipment Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $500,000 $2,050,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project consists of the purchase of various pieces of equipment, office furniture, workspaces, conference tables, break-room appliances, and small-scale climate control systems that will be utilized at Metra buildings and facilities. The current condition of the equipment that is being replaced is poor and has reached or surpassed its useful life.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$500,000
$1,550,000
$2,050,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$275,000
$500,000
$1,550,000
$2,325,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Program Management Contingencies & Administration Rail $25,000,000 $70,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will fund the professional services of a consultant team to provide additional program management capacity made necessary by the extra funding from the state of Illinois. Funds programmed in 2022 will finance the second year of a five-year agreement with WSP Inc. for professional services under the Project Management Oversight (PMO) contract awarded by Metra’s Board in August 2020.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$25,000,000
$45,000,000
$70,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$10,000,000
$25,000,000
$45,000,000
$80,000,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Project Administration Contingencies & Administration Rail $900,000 $4,700,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project funds the activities associated with the administration of capital grants and the projects in those grants. This includes only those labor, fringe and overhead costs covered by Metra’s cost allocation plan. Examples of the types of activities associated with the administration of capital grants are budget revisions, requisitions, quarterly reports and reconciliation of expenses done at project closeout. Metra funds associated with capital grant administration are recognized as capitalized costs under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$900,000
$3,800,000
$4,700,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,000,000
$900,000
$3,800,000
$5,700,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Project Development Contingencies & Administration Rail $425,000 $2,600,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will allow Metra to undertake studies to advance major capital projects and secure grant funding.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$425,000
$2,175,000
$2,600,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$500,000
$425,000
$2,175,000
$3,100,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Transit Asset Management Contingencies & Administration Rail $500,000 $2,500,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project funds the continuation of Metra’s comprehensive asset assessment. This phase will consist of hiring a consultant to assist with the monitoring and implementation of Metra’s Transit Asset Management Plan as required by the Federal Transit Administration.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$500,000
$2,000,000
$2,500,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$2,300,000
$500,000
$2,000,000
$4,800,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Pace Administration - Pace System $0 $0 $0 $0

Description:

Provide for program administration

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Project Management Miscellaneous System $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Project Management for Priority Capital Projects - Consulting services to assist Pace in the successful delivery of priority capital projects funded by Rebuild Illinois.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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
$1,000,000
$0
$0
$1,000,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ CTA All Stations Accessibility Program Bus $0 $0 $391,483,000 $391,483,000

Description:

The purpose of this Program is to support accessibility in locations throughout the CTA system. ASAP’s emphasis is on making all platforms and stations vertically accessible so that people with mobility impairments can use the rail system. ASAP upgrades also include accessible entrances/doors, accessible routes from curbs to platforms, improved directional signage, enhanced lighting as appropriate, removal of platform obstructions, and accessible employee facilities.

No Results Found

+ Pace Associated Capital Maintenance Items Bus $0 $28,815,976 $89,600,000 $60,784,024

Description:

Capital costs associated with the maintenance of buses

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Engine/Transmission Retrofits & Maintenance Capital Rolling Stock Bus $0 $28,815,976

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Engine/Transmission Retrofits & Associated Capital - Replacement of engines and transmissions at a unit cost of $160,000 per bus and $8,000 per paratransit vehicle, and associated capital (radiator, pumps, alternator, filters, belts, compressors, coils, shafts, modules, clamps, heaters, turbochargers, etc.).

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$0
$28,815,976
$28,815,976
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$5,912,569
$0
$28,815,976
$34,728,545

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ CTA Blue Line (O'Hare) Traction Power Capacity & Track Improvements Rail $0 $0 $232,359,296 $232,359,296

Description:

Upgrades and State of Good Repair projects along the O'Hare Branch of the Blue Line

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Blue Line Traction Power - Barry, Damen and Canal Electrical, Signal, & Communications Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Construct a tie house (at the intersection of Milwaukee/Canal/Lake Street) and two new substations (at
Barry/Kimball intersection and Damen/Milwaukee intersection) to support traction power needs on the
Blue Line. These assets will support increasing ridership demands as well as the power needed to
support 5000 and 7000 series rail cars. The location of the tie house and substations were determined
by the Blue Line Load Flow study, which identified areas that were likely to experience traction power
issues.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ CTA Blue Line Forest Park Modernization - Phase 1 Rail $0 $0 $134,452,000 $134,452,000

Description:

Track improvements to address the most immediate critical track needs on the Forest Park Branch to enable its continued operation

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Forest Park Branch - Advance Utility (Phase I) Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The CTA's Forest Park Blue Line Upgrades Project is the first of four phases of the Forest Park Branch.
This project will provide for new trackwork from Halsted to IMD, an accessible station at Racine,
advanced utility work, and a new substation and traction power equipment upgrades at Hermitage. This
work will enhance service quality via speed, reliability, and comfort, and improve operational efficiency on
the Forest Park Branch of CTA's rapid transit Blue Line service.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Forest Park Halsted to IMD Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The CTA's Forest Park Blue Line Upgrades Project is the first of four phases of the Forest Park Branch. This project will provide for new trackwork from Halsted to IMD, an accessible station at Racine, advanced utility work, and a new substation and traction power equipment upgrades at Hermitage. This work will enhance service quality via speed, reliability, and comfort, and improve operational efficiency on the Forest Park Branch of CTA's rapid transit Blue Line service.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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
$9,908,000
$0
$0
$9,908,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021

+ Forest Park Racine Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The CTA's Forest Park Blue Line Upgrades Project is the first of four phases of the Forest Park Branch. This project will provide for new trackwork from Halsted to IMD, an accessible station at Racine, advanced utility work, and a new substation and traction power equipment upgrades at Hermitage. This work will enhance service quality via speed, reliability, and comfort, and improve operational efficiency on the Forest Park Branch of CTA's rapid transit Blue Line service.

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 previous funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source.
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
$1,444,000
$0
$0
$1,444,000

Last Updated 12.15.2021