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 Charging Infrastructure Bus $4,000,000 $20,000,000 $40,000,000 $20,000,000

Description:

Charging infrastructure at garages to charge electric buses, including power supply lines, charging station equipment, and backup generators .

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Charging Infrastructure Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $4,000,000 $20,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Maintenance of existing building structures, systems, asphalt/concrete, etc. Charging infrastructure at North, North Shore, and Southwest Divisions.

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
$4,000,000
$16,000,000
$20,000,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$4,000,000
$16,000,000
$20,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Improve Support Facilities Bus $2,050,000 $21,350,000 $42,700,000 $21,350,000

Description:

Improvements to garage facilities including underground storage tanks

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Construct Salt Shed Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Pace is in need of a stand-alone storage solution and will construct a shed to store and secure up to 10
tons of bulk rock salt that is used during the winter season. The construction of the shed will be within the
footprint of Pace's parcel. This shed will allow for accessible use with Pace's skidsteer to load rock salt
onto the pickup trucks and distribute it on approximately more than 15,000 square yards of grounds
(parking lots and driveways), in addition to sidewalks, in a safe and more efficient manner. Currently

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^

$50,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2021

End Date

Jun 2022

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

Current Status

A construction contract has been awarded and a kick‐off meeting was held in November 2021. There was a winter delay to the project, however the project is expected to be completed by end of Q2-2022.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ Fire Loop System Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $2,050,000 $2,050,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Replacement of underground loop, piping, valves, and pump for fire suppression.

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
$2,050,000
$0
$2,050,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$2,050,000
$0
$2,050,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Improve Support Facilities Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $19,300,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Improve Support Facilities - Facilities maintenance of existing building structures, systems, asphalt/concrete, 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 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
$19,300,000
$19,300,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$19,300,000
$19,300,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ North Shore Division Expansion Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

North Shore Division Expansion - A/E design and construction to renovate and expand Pace's North Shore Division bus garage.

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
$20,000,000
$0
$0
$20,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Paratransit Vehicles - Replacement Bus $5,611,790 $24,914,827 $60,135,000 $35,220,173

Description:

Replacement of vehicles reaching useful life

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Purchase 15-passenger Paratransit Vehicles Rolling Stock Bus $5,611,790 $24,914,827

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Paratransit Vehicles - Pace plans to purchase 298 replacement vehicles (22'-25' cutaway) including associated equipment (cameras, destination signs, etc.) and services (Buy America audit and inspections) for paratransit 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
$5,611,790
$19,303,037
$24,914,827
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,861,671
$5,611,790
$19,303,037
$26,776,498

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$7,290,500

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind Schedule

Start Date

Nov 2015

End Date

Mar 2022

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

Current Status

The state funds remaining in this grant will be used for 23 of the paratransit vehicles in this order, the other vehicles will be purchased with federal funding. There were delays to the production of these vehicles, however the new chassis were received in New York and production will continue. At this time, delivery of the first 40 to 50 vehicles are expected to be delivered in Q1 or Q2 of 2022.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ 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 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
$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 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 Life-Extending Bus Overhaul 430 (1000 series) Bus $17,708,950 $34,472,512 $34,472,512 $0

Description:

Overhauls to maintain sufficient fleet until the first order of replacement buses is received

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Life Extending Bus Overhaul - 430 Standard (1000 Series) Rolling Stock Bus $17,708,950 $34,472,512

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Life Extending Overhaul - Up to 430 Standard (1000 Series) - This project will overhaul the engine and other major sub-components to provide the minimal amount of work necessary to keep the fleet going. By end of FY2020 630 buses will have met their estimated 12 year life expectancy. This extension would extend the bus life by four years. The life extension for the 40 foot 1000-1629 New Flyer Bus is essential to keeping a majority of the CTA fleet running in optimal condition. The current fleet of 40 foot NF buses is over 1000 buses.

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
$15,815,340
$16,763,562
$32,578,902
State
$0
$1,893,610
$0
$1,893,610
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$19,471,514
$17,708,950
$16,763,562
$53,944,026

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Improve Passenger Facilities - Transportation Centers Bus $0 $39,000,000 $78,000,000 $39,000,000

Description:

Improvements to Transportation and Transfer Facilities

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Improve Passenger Facilities Stations & Passenger Facilities Bus $0 $39,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Improve Passenger Facilities - Fabrication of a new Ventra machine for the O'Hare multimodal facility in 2021. Future renovations are being evaluated for Burr Ridge & Hillside Park-n-Rides, Chicago Heights Transfer Center, Riverdale Bus Turnaround, and Gurnee Mills Transportation Center.

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
$39,000,000
$39,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$120,000
$0
$39,000,000
$39,120,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Joliet Gateway Center - Bus Stop Improvements Stations & Passenger Facilities Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The City of Joliet is redeveloping the existing publicly owned Joliet Union Depot and nearby public
properties as a Multi-Modal Transportation Center to be owned by the City. As part of this redevelopment
the City of Joliet has partnered with Pace to construct a new Bus Station and turn-around for public and
inter-city transit which will include parking improvements and the construction of new vehicular and
pedestrian access and circulation system. The new Bus Station is south of New Street, north of Marion

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^

$9,509,500

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind Schedule

Start Date

Feb 2021

End Date

Jun 2022

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

Current Status

The City of Joliet and Pace entered into an Intergovernmental Grant Agreement for this project. The overall Joliet Gateway Terminal project is being managed by the City of Joliet. The City of Joliet prepared 100% design and bid the larger Intermodal Transportation Project, of which the Bus Turnaround Component is a part of. A construction contract was awarded, notice to proceed was issued in February of 2021, and construction began in March. Activities with the building were completed. Shelters still need to be delivered. Additionally, tunnel work and landscaping will be completed weather dependent.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ CTA CTA OFPS - Equipment (Lease) - VENTRA System $15,000,000 $45,000,000 $150,000,000 $105,000,000

Description:

Support the VENTRA System

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ CTA Open Fare Payment System - Equipment (Lease) - VENTRA Support Facilities & Equipment System $15,000,000 $45,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

CTA Open Fare Payment System - Equipment (Lease) - VENTRA: funds will provide in part for the principal and interest of the agreement need for the Open Fare Standard equipment, hardware, and software costs.

The contractor (Cubic) costs including, but are not limited to, expenses incurred to design, build, finance, operate, maintain, repair and replace the equipment, the software and the Open Standards Fare System, and provide the Services, in accordance with the specifications and performance at the service levels and perform any other obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

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
$15,000,000
$30,000,000
$45,000,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$15,000,000
$15,000,000
$30,000,000
$60,000,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$15,000,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jan 2021

End Date

Dec 2022

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

Current Status

The capital share of the annual Ventra Base component cost is $15 million which
provides for necessary design, testing, purchase and installation of assets such as
the following: Ventra Vending Machines, Mobile Data Validators (readers), Driver
Terminal Displays, retail terminals, and all software applications, and back‐end hardware. The annual 2021 payment for the equipment lease will be completed under this project.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Replacement Buses (4000 Series) - Electric Buses Bus $3,496,667 $47,751,999 $291,200,000 $243,448,001

Description:

Ongoing need to replace buses as they age

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Purchase up to 6 Electric Buses with Charging Systems Rolling Stock Bus $3,496,667 $47,751,999

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Bus funding provides for a future order of up to six 40-foot battery-powered, zero-emission, all-electric, fully accessible, public transit buses with en-route charging capabilities. CTA will retire up to six 1000-Series New Flyer buses that are over 14 years old. Turnkey project to procure Electric buses and associated charging infrastructure.

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
$3,496,667
$44,255,332
$47,751,999
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$3,496,667
$44,255,332
$47,751,999

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ 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 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 $5,362,124 $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 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
$4,276,250
$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
$4,215,368
$5,362,124
$16,083,719
$25,661,211

Last Updated 01.13.2022