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
+ 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 System $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

+ CTA Blue Line (O'Hare) Traction Power Capacity & Track Improvements Rail $2,013,674 $2,013,674 $232,359,296 $230,345,622

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 O'Hare Branch - Special Trackwork Track & Structure Rail $2,013,674 $2,013,674

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Funds provide for the replacement of stock rails, switch points, frogs, switch ties, and plates on the O’Hare Line that are no longer in a state of good repair and require concentrated maintenance by CTA forces to ensure service. The component replacement will take place between the Jefferson Park interlocking and the O’Hare terminal. The scope of this project will only cover a portion of the overall need for track improvements and water management.

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
$2,013,674
$0
$2,013,674
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$2,013,674
$0
$2,013,674

Last Updated 03.17.2022

+ 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 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^

$123,378,171

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2021

End Date

Apr 2024

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

Current Status

The Notice to Proceed for the General Contractor was issued in December 2021. Similarly, the Construction Manager was given NTP as well. The contractor is working and continues to make progress on the project.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ 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

+ Pace Vanpool Vehicles - Replacement Bus $0 $2,720,000 $14,560,000 $11,840,000

Description:

Replacement of vans reaching useful life

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Purchase 7-passenger Vanpool Vehicles Rolling Stock Bus $0 $2,720,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Vanpool Vehicles - Pace plans to purchase 164 replacement 17'-20' vans including associated equipment and services (Buy America audit and inspections) for vanpool services.

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
$2,720,000
$2,720,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$2,720,000
$2,720,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$13,899,800

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Sep 2019

End Date

Sep 2024

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

Current Status

To date a total of 25 vans have been ordered, all have been received. Pace has executed a contract to install OEM passenger running boards on the first order of 25 vans. Thus far, 11 of the running boards have been installed and are in the active fleet with the remaining to be installed in fourth quarter of 2021.The vans will be utilized in the six county Pace service area.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Metra PTC - systemwide Rail $2,800,000 $2,800,000 $0 $0

Description:

Install federally-mandated rail operational safety system

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ PTC- Renewal (Mechanical) Rolling Stock Rail $2,800,000 $2,800,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will fund the second phase of Positive Train Control (PTC). Project funds will update onboard equipment and parts in locomotives and cab cars that communicate with the guideway PTC 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
$2,800,000
$0
$2,800,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$2,800,000
$2,800,000
$0
$5,600,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Farebox System Bus $3,079,344 $3,079,344 $3,079,344 $0

Description:

Replace fareboxes that are over 20-years old

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Farebox System Replacement Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $3,079,344 $3,079,344

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Farebox System Replacement - Over 700 fareboxes on Pace fixed route buses will be replaced, with prior PAYGO funding of $7.5M from 2020 included.

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
$3,079,344
$0
$3,079,344
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$7,150,000
$3,079,344
$0
$10,229,344

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Regional Transit Signal Priority (RTSP) System $1,843,261 $3,731,497 $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 System $1,843,261 $3,731,497

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
$1,843,261
$1,888,236
$3,731,497
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,502,507
$1,843,261
$1,888,236
$5,234,004

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

Activities continue to progress with the implementation phase of the TSP project. The vendor received permit to implement TSP system along 58 signalized intersections of Dempster Street from IDOT. Construction and systems integration is completed at 33 intersections and testing is scheduled through fourth quarter of 2021. Pace is working with the City of Evanston on the approval of TSP intersections along the last section of Dempster St. The vendor received approval to implement TSP along Grand and Sheridan from IDOT which is ongoing. Contractor submitted permit application to IDOT‐District 1 for six more corridors. IDOT is currently reviewing three corridors.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Green Line Improvements Rail $4,431,002 $4,431,002 $683,042,000 $678,610,998

Description:

Track, structural, station, and power improvements

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Blue Line O'Hare Branch Traction Power Improvements Track & Structure Rail $4,431,002 $4,431,002

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Blue Line O'Hare Branch Traction Power Improvements GTT - Project will include targeted track repairs to remove existing slow zones on the Congress Branch of the Blue Line. CTA has identified traction power voltage drop issues along the Blue Line. Scope of work will include but not limited to the following elements: New infill substations, infill wayside energy storage systems, infill tie houses, third rail replacement, addition of auxiliary negative rail; work will be performed by an outside contractor.

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
$4,431,002
$0
$4,431,002
Total
$113,681,000
$4,431,002
$0
$118,112,002

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$207,100,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jan 1970

End Date

Jul 2022

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

Current Status

Factory Acceptance Testing is ongoing and relay houses are being delivered. The contractor continues installation and testing of wayside signal equipment and cutovers continue to progress. Jefferson Park, Central, Foster, Nagle, Harlem, and Old Mannheim have been completed and turned over to CTA.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Green Line - Lake Street Bridge Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The Green Line Improvements project will largely focus on track replacement and structural repairs.
This funding would support track improvements on both sides of the Lake Street Bridge, which is
scheduled to be completely replaced by the Chicago Department of Transportation in 2023. The scope
of the project will include: improve the curve geometry on the east side of the bridge; replace the
timber ties and rail fasteners, install new gauge planking, replace equipment at both the east and west

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
$7,025,296
$0
$0
$7,025,296

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Green Line Improvements - Station Repairs to Green West and South Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The Green Line Improvements project will largely focus on track replacement and structural repairs.
This funding will improve Green line infrastructure including track, substations, traction power cable replacements, stations, and all local traction power cables throughout the line 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
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,447,966
$0
$0
$1,447,966

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Green Line Jackson Park Branch Trackwork Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The Green Line Improvements project will largely focus on track replacement and structural repairs. FY 2020 funding will improve Green line infrastructure improvements including Track, Substations, Traction Power Cable Replacement and all local traction power cables throughout the line 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
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$12,885,446
$0
$0
$12,885,446

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$12,855,446

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Apr 2021

End Date

Dec 2024

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

Current Status

Work under this project started in April 2021. The work is being performed by CTA in‐house work force. Activities related to tie replacement, cross girder and flange replacements are ongoing. Material purchases are also ongoing.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Green Line South - Track Improvements (GTT) Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Green Line South - Track Improvements (GTT)
project will provide for the replacement of ties, track fasteners, footwalks, and incidental signal and traction power in addition to track improvements on the South Main Line (Green Line) between Tower 17 (Green/Orange Line split) and 35th Street will preserve the integrity of tracks through replacement of ties, fasteners, footwalks, improved curve geometry, and rail grinding as well as replacing the top flange as necessary. Work will be performed by an outside contractor.

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

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Community Vehicles - Replacement Bus $0 $6,555,000 $19,095,000 $12,540,000

Description:

Replacement of buses reaching useful life

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Community Transit/On-Demand Vehicles Rolling Stock Bus $0 $6,555,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Community Transit/On Demand Vehicles - Pace plans to purchase 89 replacement vehicles (17'-20' vans and 21'-23' cutaways) including associated equipment (cameras, destination signs, etc.) and services (Buy America audit and inspections) for Community Transit and On Demand services.

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
$6,555,000
$6,555,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$6,555,000
$6,555,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Intelligent Bus System (IBS) Replacement Bus $2,250,000 $7,125,000 $20,400,000 $13,275,000

Description:

Equipment for bus tracking, communications, and data

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Intelligent Bus System (IBS) Electrical, Signal, & Communications Bus $2,250,000 $7,125,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Intelligent Bus System - Project includes replacement Automatic Passenger Counter equipment (450), routers (600), Apollo cameras (650), IBS servers (8) & software, Storage Area Networks (2), dispatch radios (22), mobile radios (70), Integrated Vehicle Logic Unit Mobile Data Terminals (800), Tate data radios (800), Motorola voice radios (800), and data tower Radio Network Controller equipment (11).

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
$2,250,000
$4,875,000
$7,125,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$100,000
$2,250,000
$4,875,000
$7,225,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$625,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Dec 2020

End Date

Dec 2022

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

Current Status

The project includes a Quantar replacement which is used to convert wave from digital to analog and vice‐versa. Quantar equipment has been installed on eleven data towers. Pace is working on the scope of work for a new project involving IBS servers and SAN software.

Last Updated 04.22.2022