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.

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 Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Fundingsort descending 10 Year Funding Needed 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ CTA Blue Line Forest Park Modernization - Phase 4 Rail $0 $0 $597,030,000 $597,030,000

Description:

Des Plaines Yard and Forest Park terminal reconstruction

No Results Found

+ Pace ADA Radio System Bus $0 $0 $0 $0

Description:

Replacement of radio systems for the existing program.

No Results Found

+ Pace Paratransit Vehicles - Expansion Bus $0 $0 $13,000,000 $13,000,000

Description:

New Dial-a-Ride and ADA vehicles for aging population

No Results Found

+ 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: Phase 1 - 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 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
$1,444,000
$0
$0
$1,444,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$34,300,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jul 2021

End Date

Sep 2025

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

Current Status

The Notice to Proceed was issued in July 2021. The design validation process was completed in September 2021. The station is over 50 years old, and historical coordination materials were submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for review. The projected completion date for design is tentatively Q2-2022.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ Forest Park: Phase 1 - Advance Utility 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 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^

$3,396,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Aug 2021

End Date

Oct 2021

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

Current Status

The contractors for all four surveys completed their work during this reporting period and two are in final comments. Invoicing continues and all four contracts are considered to be in financial closeout. This will be the last update on this project.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Forest Park: Phase 1 - Morgan Substation and Hermitage Traction Power Improvements Electrical, Signal, & Communications Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The CT A'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 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^

$47,780,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jul 2021

End Date

Aug 2025

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

Current Status

The Notice to Proceed was issued in July 2021. The design validation process was completed in September 2021. This project has no historic element to it. Design completion is expected to take place in Q2 of 2022.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ Forest Park: Phase 1 - Trackwork 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 Illinois Medical District (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 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
$9,908,000
$0
$0
$9,908,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$92,871,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jun 2021

End Date

Nov 2023

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

Current Status

The Notice to Proceed was issued in June 2021. The design validation process was completed in September 2021. The design is expected to be completed in Q1/Q2 of 2022. The Construction Management firm for the entire Phase 1 was granted NTP in January 2022. Material procurements related to the track portion of this project is underway.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ CTA Replacement Bus Purchase (4300 series) - Electric Buses Rail $0 $0 $140,000,000 $140,000,000

Description:

Ongoing need to replace buses as they age

No Results Found

+ Pace ADA Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0 $0 $0

Description:

Updates to maintenance facilities supporting assets directly under Pace ownership for ADA service within City of Chicago

No Results Found

+ CTA Blue Line Forest Park Modernization - Phase 2 Rail $0 $0 $653,077,000 $653,077,000

Description:

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

No Results Found

+ CTA Signal Replacement (Systemwide) Rail $0 $0 $619,339,000 $619,339,000

Description:

Replacement of outdated signal systems systemwide

No Results Found

+ CTA Radio System Upgrade Rail $0 $0 $35,000,000 $35,000,000

Description:

Replacement of obsolete radio system

No Results Found

+ Pace ADA Passenger Transfer Facilities Bus $0 $0 $0 $0

Description:

Updates to transfer facilities supporting ADA service within City of Chicago

No Results Found