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 shown in the table below, organized by Priority Project and can also be seen in a mapped form on the RTA Capital Projects Dashboard. 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 ascending Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding 10 Year Funding Needed 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ CTA Replacement Buses (4000 Series) - Electric Buses Bus $0 $0 $291,200,000 $291,200,000

Description:

Ongoing need to replace buses as they age

No Results Found

+ CTA Replacement Bus Purchase 1000 Series - 430 Electric Buses Rail $3,496,667 $3,496,667 $459,358,312 $455,861,645

Description:

Ongoing need to replace buses as they age

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Purchase up to 70 Electric Buses and up to 9 Charging Stations Rolling Stock Bus $0 $67,748,963

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Purchase up to 70 Electric Buses and up to nine Chargers - Bus funding provides for a future order of up to 70 40-foot battery-powered, zero-emission, all-electric, fully accessible, public transit buses with en-route charging capabilities. CTA will retire up to 70 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
$67,748,963
$67,748,963
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$26,541,688
$0
$67,748,963
$94,290,651

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$35,475,352

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jun 2018

End Date

Dec 2022

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

Current Status

The charging stations were received and installed and reached substantial completion in January 2021. In Q4 2021, seventeen (17) production buses were completed and delivered to CTA. Post‐delivery inspections were completed. Across all 17 production buses, custom farebox mounting plates were fabricated in‐house and used to install fareboxes, modems were activated, and radio equipment was installed. Vendor acceptance testing for Clever vehicle network system in progress with five of 17 buses completed to date. Post‐delivery inspections were completed. Equipment installations and testing are in progress. This brings the total of Proterra e‐buses delivered‐to‐date to 23, which includes the 20 base order buses (6 Pilots, and 17 production).

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Purchase up to 6 Electric Buses with Charging Systems Rolling Stock Bus $3,496,667 $3,496,667

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
$0
$3,496,667
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$3,496,667
$0
$3,496,667

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ 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

+ CTA Replacement Bus Purchase (1000 Series) - 600 Clean Diesel Buses Bus $49,858,165 $307,031,795 $324,317,384 $17,285,589

Description:

Ongoing need to replace buses as they age

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Replace Buses - Options to Purchase Up To 500 of 1,030 Rolling Stock Bus $49,858,165 $239,282,832

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The scope of this project will provide for the engineering, purchase, and inspection of fully accessible, air conditioned Clean Diesel buses; including a spare parts inventory. Engineering includes: development of specifications, pre-bid engineering meetings, onsite inspections of prospective bidders and/or their vendors’ plants, inspection of buses during production and acceptance of vehicles after delivery. 5 Year funds will continue funding stream for the Option(s) to replace up to 500 additional 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
$42,479,832
$152,624,861
$195,104,693
State
$0
$7,378,333
$36,799,806
$44,178,139
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$20,682,616
$49,858,165
$189,424,667
$259,965,448

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$355,708,255

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind Schedule

Start Date

Jan 2020

End Date

May 2022

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

Current Status

A contract with Nova Bus has been executed in April of 2021. CTA received the pilot bus in August. The familiarization training and the Buy America Audit were completed. CTA has received the first 10 buses as of the beginning of May. Remaining vehicles are in various stages of production, and they are being delivered to CTA on an ongoing basis with the last buses expected to be delivered by the end of June. CTA has exercised Option 1 on this contract for an additional 100 buses. The production of the new order of buses is expected to start in September.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Pace Regional Transit Signal Priority (RTSP) System $2,400,693 $4,288,929 $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 Bus $2,400,693 $4,288,929

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
$2,400,693
$1,888,236
$4,288,929
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,502,507
$2,400,693
$1,888,236
$5,791,436

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

The vendor received the permit to implement TSP system along 58 signalized intersections of Dempster Street from IDOT. Systems integration testing were completed at 33 of the 58 signalized intersections and continue construction along six intersections. The vendor received approval from the City of Evanston to implement TSP along Grand and Sheridan. The contractor received IDOT permit for full deployment along Roosevelt road and is mobilizing for construction. The vendor also received IDOT design approval for TSP deployment along 95th St., 147th St., and Cicero Ave and expects permits soon. The contractor submitted IDOT permit applications for Rand Road, Cermak Road, and 159th St. TSP corridors.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ CTA Red Purple Modernization Rail $344,847,735 $344,847,735 $6,301,000,000 $5,956,152,265

Description:

Advancement of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program, the largest line rebuild and capital improvement project in CTA history

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Red/Purple Modernization - Phase 1 Modernization Rail $344,847,735 $344,847,735

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

North Main Line - RPM The purpose of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program is to expand capacity to meet growing ridership demand; reduce travel times; improve access to job markets and destinations; better utilize existing transit infrastructure; bring the existing infrastructure to a state of good repair; and improve access to the system for patrons with disabilities. FY2021-2025 funds will continue RPM Phase One funding stream.

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
$265,476,130
$0
$265,476,130
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$79,371,605
$0
$79,371,605
Total
$100,000,000
$344,847,735
$0
$444,847,735

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$2,203,408,226

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2019

End Date

Jan 2025

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

Current Status

Walsh‐Fluor Design‐Build Team (WFDBT) continues to progress. For the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization (LBMM), drilling operations resumed in January with 25 shafts drilled thus far. the loading bay gantry and launching gantry were tested and commissioned with seven spans have been erected. The Red‐Purple Bypass (RPB) portion of the project continued to make progress. The RVT structure was completed and track & systems infrastructure nearing completion. The Kenmore Relay House was factory tested.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ CTA Red Line Improvements Rail $0 $0 $396,400,000 $396,400,000

Description:

Upgrades and State of Good Repair projects along the Red Line

No Results Found

+ CTA Red Line Extension Rail $58,290,816 $397,771,335 $2,497,000,000 $2,139,228,665

Description:

Extension of the Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Red Line Extension - Planning, Preliminary Engineering Extensions and Expansions Rail $58,290,816 $397,771,335

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Red Line Extension Planning, Preliminary Engineering Funds will provide for planning, program management, and preliminary engineering services for the anticipated extension of the south leg of the Red Line. Funding will allow for the CTA to continue project work through the Project Development phase where the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Preliminary Engineering for the project will be completed. CIP also provides the 30% non-Capital Improvement Grant match ($310M) commitment needed to successfully complete Project Development.

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
$30,000,000
$30,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$58,290,816
$309,480,519
$367,771,335
Total
$0
$58,290,816
$339,480,519
$397,771,335

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Railcar Purchase Rail $78,756,670 $348,958,856 $1,087,276,532 $738,317,676

Description:

Replacement of 2600- and 3200-series rail cars

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Rail Cars - 7000 Series Option Two (100 cars) Rolling Stock Rail $0 $130,162,188

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

CIP funds provides for initial cash needs and obligationanticipated for the Option Two order to procure an additional 100 new 7000' series rail cars.

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
$130,162,188
$130,162,188
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$130,162,188
$130,162,188

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Rail Cars - 7000 Series Option Three (100 cars) Rolling Stock Rail $0 $42,325,175

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

CIP funds provides for initial cash needs and obligationanticipated for the Option Three order to procure an additional 100 new 7000' series rail cars.

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
$12,629,059
$12,629,059
State
$0
$0
$29,696,116
$29,696,116
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$42,325,175
$42,325,175

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Rail Cars - 7000 Series Option One (156 cars) Rolling Stock Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Rail Cars - 7000 Sers Option One 156
- CIP funds provides for initial cash needs and obligation anticipated for the Option One order to procure an additional 156 new 7000' series rail cars.

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
$294,431,108
$0
$0
$294,431,108

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Purchase Rail Cars - 7000 Series (Base Order 400) Rolling Stock Rail $78,756,670 $176,471,493

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Purchase Rail Cars - 7000' Series (Base Order 400)
- Program funds will provide for the continued cash needs and obligation provisions as identified in the contract documents for the 7000' series rail car Base contract order of 400 cars.

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
$63,620,904
$82,714,823
$146,335,727
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$15,135,766
$15,000,000
$30,135,766
Total
$40,543,996
$78,756,670
$97,714,823
$217,015,489

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$719,817,768

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Apr 2016

End Date

Dec 2024

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

Current Status

Status conferences continued with CRRC to address/track various items. Technical meetings are held to discuss open technical issues and quality control procedures. Revenue service testing continued on the Green Line. Cars transferred to Blue Line at the end of March and will continue revenue testing until end of May. Operation/functionality is being monitored by CTA and CRRC personnel. CTA inspection personnel are working in China and continue to conduct welded subassembly checks and production car body shell inspections for production cars. There are approximately 27 assembled car body shells and 48 cars total in various stages of completion.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ CTA Railcar Overhaul (2600s and 5000s) Rail $11,335,000 $60,625,132 $188,229,144 $127,604,012

Description:

Quarter-life overhaul of 5000-series rail cars and life-extending overhauls of older 2600-series rail cars

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Rail Car Overhaul - 2600-Series Rolling Stock Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project consists of three phases. Phase A is for rail car motor replacement and was completed in October 2019. Phase B is for procurement and installation of
the propulsion kits with the parts contract was executed, and kits were received. Work for this phase began in November 2019 and all 90 cars were completed in
August 2020. Phase C is for the procurement of material contracts and installation. The contract was approved at the October 2020. The first delivery of

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^

$25,314,552

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2019

End Date

Mar 2022

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

Current Status

This project consists of three phases. Phase A is for rail car motor replacement and was completed in October 2019. Phase B is for procurement and installation of the propulsion kits with the parts contract was executed, and kits were received. Work for this phase began in November 2019 and all 90 cars were completed in August 2020. Phase C is for the procurement of material contracts and installation. The contract was approved at the October 2020. All cars have completed the overhaul as of March 2022 and this project is considered complete. This will be the final update on this project.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 5000 Series Rail Car Quarter Life Overhaul Rolling Stock Rail $11,335,000 $60,625,132

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

5000 Series Qtr. Overhaul - 714 Cars - The scope of this project is to provide for the Quarter‐Life Overhaul on the 5000‐Series rail cars. Schedule maintenance will include major component rebuilds and needed repairs to the car bodies. Additional work may include: replacing control groups, air conditioning units, truck assemblies, including traction motors, cables, batteries, brake calipers, axle assemblies, interior seat modification and other critical components based on condition assessment.

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
$835,000
$5,098,997
$5,933,997
State
$0
$10,000,000
$42,292,078
$52,292,078
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$500,000
$1,899,057
$2,399,057
Total
$2,916,934
$11,335,000
$49,290,132
$63,542,066

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$400,000,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind Schedule

Start Date

Oct 2020

End Date

Mar 2026

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

Current Status

This overhaul will improve the comfort, quality, and service reliability of the rail cars while reducing operating maintenance costs. Unscheduled maintenance will be noticeably reduced as more rail cars are cycled through the overhaul program. As of the end of May 2022, 112 cars have completed the overhaul process. CTA continues to receive material kits and overhaul.

Last Updated 06.16.2022