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 Projectsort descending Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding 10 Year Funding Needed 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ Metra Chicago Union Station Improvements Rail $4,000,000 $20,000,000 $500,000,000 $480,000,000

Description:

Implementation of key projects benefiting commuters using Chicago Union Station

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Chicago Union Station Interlockers Electrical, Signal, & Communications Rail $4,000,000 $20,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project involves the modernization and upgrading of outmoded interlockings at the north and south ends of Chicago Union Station (CUS). The project will include, but not be limited to, new rail, ties, ballast cleaning or replacement, upgrades to signal infrastructure, replacement of switches and components, and other related work as needed. Amtrak contributes funds towards a portion of the project work.

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
$4,000,000
$16,000,000
$20,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$2,000,000
$4,000,000
$16,000,000
$22,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Pace Community Vehicles - Expansion Bus $0 $0 $3,000,000 $3,000,000

Description:

New Community and Call-n-Ride vehicles

No Results Found

+ 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 Construct New Support Facilities Bus $425,000 $425,000 $0 $0

Description:

Add needed capacity for bus maintenance and storage

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ New I-55 Garage - Plainfield Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $425,000 $425,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Plainfield Garage - Completion of construction of a new 189,000 square foot bus storage and maintenance facility in Plainfield, housing up to 130 buses with 12 maintenance bays and administrative offices. Pace has executed an I.G.A. with Northern Builders and the village of Plainfield to construct the project.

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
$425,000
$0
$425,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$8,300,000
$425,000
$0
$8,725,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$43,752,500

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Nov 2020

End Date

Jun 2022

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

Current Status

Pace has entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Village of Plainfield. Per the IGA, the Village of Plainfield is executing a Design‐ Build Agreement with Northern Builders to design and construct the Pace I‐55 Plainfield Bus Garage on Pace's behalf. Once the construction is completed, Plainfield will transfer ownership of the property to Pace. Currently, the contractor progresses with construction by performing electrical and mechanical connections to the building as well as landscaping activities. Activities also continue with framing, installation of ductwork, and overhead sprinklers for the second floor of the office. The contractor aims to have turnover in Spring of 2022 for substantial completion.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ New Northwest Garage - Wheeling Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Northwest Wheeling Garage - Completion of the renovation of a 430,000 square feet bus storage and maintenance facility in Wheeling that will replace Pace's Northwest Division garage in Des Plaines. This CNG fueling facility will house approximately 133 buses with 17 maintenance bays and administrative offices.

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
$35,874,620
$0
$0
$35,874,620

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$43,135,380

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind Schedule

Start Date

Dec 2020

End Date

Jun 2024

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

Current Status

Pace has entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Village of Wheeling. The previously finalized design for the facility was revised for final bid documents for the Architecture and Engineering drawings. Pace is currently in the process of finalizing the procurement package for the construction of the facility. The procurement is expected to be published by the end of the year.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ River Division Expansion Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project is for architectural and engineering services that will provide pre-design services, geotechnical engineering, land surveys, traffic studies, existing facilities testing and evaluation and feasibility studies. It will also include design and construction administration, inspections and project oversight. Pace intends to expand and improve its existing River Division bus garage onto newly acquired property south of the existing garage. It will be designed to accommodate storage, servicing,

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
$14,850,000
$0
$0
$14,850,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$21,260,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2020

End Date

Dec 2023

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

Current Status

Pace has entered into a contract for Architectural and Engineering services for pre‐design and design services. The contractor completed the pre‐design activities and a final pre-design report was submitted to Pace. It included assessment and analysis of the existing buildings and sites on both the existing River Division property and new south parcel; a detailed building and site programming study and analysis; preliminary site, building, and construction phasing concept plans; culminating in recommendations for the design/construction scope for the project, included a detailed cost estimate. Site assessments, site surveys and data collection were completed. Discussions regarding the purchase of the adjacent property continued during this reporting period. The cell tower and associated structure will be removed in lieu of being relocated. The contractor is in the process of starting detailed design activities.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ South Campus Project - Markham Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will provide for construction, project management oversight, project administration, and any associated equipment and services for the Pace South Campus project. New facilities will be built on a 22-acre site that is situated next door to Pace’s South Division (2107 W. 163rd Place) Garage in Markham, Illinois, which is already owned by Pace. The purpose of this project is to consolidate certain operational functions currently operating at each garage into one location.

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
$7,100,000
$0
$0
$7,100,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$27,100,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Dec 2020

End Date

Jul 2023

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

Current Status

Pace amended an existing contract with Bloom Companies, the original designer for the South Holland Acceptance Facility, to include the modified design for the Pace South Campus Design which is to be located in Markham. The design for the Acceptance Facility and office building have been finalized. Pace awarded the construction contract and the NTP was issued. The contractor is working on mobilizing and permitting as well as coordinating with utilities for the project.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ Southwest Division Expansion Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The facilities will be built on a 22-acre site that is situated next door to Pace’s South
Division Garage in Markham and owned by Pace. The purpose of this project is to consolidate certain
operational functions currently operating at each garage into one location. This will improve productivity
and control costs by eliminating duplication. The original plan was to construct three separate buildings:
1) an Active Transit Management Center to accommodate Central Dispatching; 2) a new Central Stores

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
$18,000,000
$0
$0
$18,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Critical Needs at CTA Facilities Bus $0 $0 $134,794,000 $134,794,000

Description:

Roof and other upgrades to maintenance facilities

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Facilities Critical Needs - Forest Glen Building Demolition Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The purpose of this project is to eliminate building maintenance costs and security liabilities to CTA associated with the vacant buildings at the Forest Glen Bus Garage (located at 5353 W. Armstrong Avenue and 5601 N. Elston Avenue), as well as to provide additional capacity for bus parking at the Forest Glen Bus Garage. The project scope includes demolition of the buildings at 5353 W. Armstrong Avenue, 5601 N. Elston Avenue, and the existing salt shed (all currently owned 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
$0
$0
$0
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$7,366,852
$0
$0
$7,366,852

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Facilities Critical Needs - Kedzie Bus Garage Façade Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The project will retain a DoR firm to complete a comprehensive assessment of the structure’s exterior envelope to develop remediation and/or replacement plans for concerns regarding the exterior brick veneer delaminating from the backing block. The work will include detailing for caulking, flashing, or other treatments to prevent future similar issues from occurring due to water infiltration. Construction will repair portions of the brick that have fallen from the structure and other repairs to prevent recurrence of the failure.

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
$4,720,701
$0
$0
$4,720,701

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$4,720,701

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2021

End Date

Mar 2023

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

Current Status

The Notice to Proceed was issued in October 2021. The contractor is in the process of preliminary design development and expected to take place in late-2022. The projected construction schedule is under review.

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 Electric Bus Infrastructure Program Bus $0 $0 $178,400,000 $178,400,000

Description:

Electric bus infrastructure upgrades necessary to begin transition to electrify CTA's bus service. Full electric conversion of Chicago and 103rd Garages, Chargers installation, and 95th Substation upgrades.

No Results Found

+ CTA Elevated Track and Structure Systemwide Rail $38,000,000 $190,000,000 $380,000,000 $190,000,000

Description:

Preform elevated track and structure maintenance activities to keep the fleet in a state of good repair.

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ 2020 - Elevated Track and Structure Maintenance Systemwide Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Elevated Track and Structure Systemwide

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
$38,000,000
$0
$0
$38,000,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$38,000,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jan 2020

End Date

Mar 2022

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

Current Status

Track and structure improvements ongoing. Major elements include, but are not limited to, ironworkers; track, signal and utilities work. Final invoicing remains and this will be the last update on this project.

Last Updated 04.22.2022

+ 2021 - Elevated Track and Structure Maintenance Systemwide Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Elevated Track and Structure Systemwide

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
$38,000,000
$0
$0
$38,000,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$38,000,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jan 2020

End Date

Mar 2022

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

Current Status

Track and structure improvements ongoing. Major elements include, but are not limited to, ironworkers; track, signal and utilities work.

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ 2022 - Elevated Track and Structure Maintenance Systemwide Track & Structure Rail $38,000,000 $190,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Elevated Track and Structure Systemwide

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
$38,000,000
$152,000,000
$190,000,000
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$38,000,000
$152,000,000
$190,000,000

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 Fixed Route Buses - Electric Bus $0 $0 $315,000,000 $315,000,000

Description:

Replacement of buses reaching useful life with electric buses

No Results Found