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 Fundingsort descending 2022-2026 Funding 10 Year Funding Needed 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ CTA Brown Line Improvements Rail $0 $0 $436,384,000 $436,384,000

Description:

Upgrades and State of Good Repair projects along the Brown Line

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Brown Line - Track Improvements Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Brown Line - Track Improvements (GTT)
- Ravenswood Ballasted Track Improvements (abutment at Campbell to crossover West of Spaulding grade crossing) Improve deteriorated ballasted track and grade crossing conditions with tie renewal, grade crossing improvements, selective ballast replacement, and rail grinding. This project also includes the replacement of contact rails and chairs.

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

+ CTA Station Communication Infrastructure Rail $0 $0 $158,800,000 $158,800,000

Description:

These are all the life safety mission critical systems which all have to be upgraded at the same time, and are all interrelated. For example the rail station commmunications infrastructure upgrades are needed by PA system, the digital signage system, cameras system, telephone system, radio system etc.

No Results Found

+ CTA Mid-Life Bus Overhaul (7900 series) Rail $0 $0 $58,094,000 $58,094,000

Description:

Overhauls to maintain vehicles, ensure reliability and enable to perform through full useful life

No Results Found

+ Pace Bus on Shoulder (BoS) Infrastructure Bus $0 $0 $0 $0

Description:

Passenger facilities for Bus on Shoulder service

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ I-294 Stations & Park-n-Rides Stations & Passenger Facilities Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

I-294 Stations and Park-n-Rides : The Illinois Tollway is planning to add a Flex Lane on 22 miles of I-294, and infrastructure is needed to make connections to the transit system. Pace is currently conducting market analysis and workshops for this 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
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$35,000,000
$0
$0
$35,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA Systemwide Structural Renewal Bus $0 $0 $336,200,000 $336,200,000

Description:

State of Good Repair projects on CTA 'L' structure

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Harlem Bus Bridge Stations & Passenger Facilities Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will replace the Harlem Bus Bridge at our O'Hare Line Harlem Station. The bridge removal
and reconstruction limits are from the north end of the bridge expansion joint to the south limits of the
bridge expansion joint. The work includes all removal and reconstruction of the existing bridge structure
with a new superstructure galvanized steel and bearing assemblies, concrete bridge deck, concrete
sidewalks, approach slabs, curb and gutters, drainage, expansion joint assemblies, guard rails, trash

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
$225,493
$0
$0
$225,493

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$40,207,917

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Jul 2021

End Date

Feb 2024

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

Current Status

A Notice to Proceed for the designer was issued in July 2021. The design activities are ongoing. The 60% design has been completed and it is advancing to 100% design.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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

+ Metra 75th Street Corridor Rail $0 $0 $1,493,500,000 $1,493,500,000

Description:

Reconfigure track shared by Metra, Amtrak, and freight trains

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ CREATE - P2 Rock Island District Connection Track & Structure Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

This project will provide engineering for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP) that will relieve rail congestion by separating freight and passenger rail lines. Bottlenecks will be eliminated, and train idling will be reduced.

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
$6,500,000
$0
$0
$6,500,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$23,000,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Aug 2020

End Date

Sep 2023

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

Current Status

This project is currently in design. The 60% design has been completed and is under review by Metra. Metra developed a solicitation package for Right‐of‐Way (ROW) acquisition services and the procurement process is ongoing.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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 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^

$81,482,462

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On 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 improvements to Old Willow Road have been completed. The design has been finalized and the procurement package for construction has been advertised. Future electrification of this garage may occur pending the recommendation of the ongoing electrification study.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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^

$36,916,905

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. The construction contract has been awarded and Notice to Proceed was issued in January 2022. The contractor has mobilized on site and has been working to obtain permits.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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^

$36,110,000

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind 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. The adjacent property acquisition has been completed. The contractor is currently working on detailed design activities. The 30% design has been completed. Pace is undertaking an electrification study that will inform the design changes needed to make this facility compatible with an electric bus fleet. The design is currently on hold pending the recommendations from this study.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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

+ 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^

$54,622,973

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind 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.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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

+ CTA Rail Shops Improvements Rail $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $256,900,000 $255,900,000

Description:

Provide repair and replacement to worn components at rail maintenance shops

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Skokie Clean Room - Bench Test Equipment Miscellaneous System $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Skokie Clean Room - Bench Test Equipment:
The scope of work provides for modifications to the CTA Skokie Shop (Heavy Maintenance Facility) to accommodate the addition of clean rooms. All of the necessary architectural and MEP systems would be reworked and reactivated in the expanded / modified spaces.

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
$8,800,000
$0
$0
$8,800,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Replace Non-Revenue 61st Rail Shop Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Construct a new non-revenue vehicle maintenance facility for maintenance and repair of non-revenue
equipment. Facility will also include covered storage tracks for track maintenance equipment. The
purpose of the new Non-Revenue Rail Vehicle Maintenance Facility is to provide facilities for
maintenance and repair of over 125 pieces of non-revenue equipment used for right-of-way maintenance
and other rail-mounted non-revenue vehicles.

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^

$70,017,063

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Mar 2021

End Date

Oct 2023

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

Current Status

The design build contract has been awarded to Clark Construction Group in March 2021. The Construction Management contract has also been awarded in March 2021. The work was divided into two packages. Package 1 covers the site preparation, utility and foundation work. Package 2 is for the construction of the facility. Both Design Package 1 and 2 have been completed and submitted to City of Chicago for permitting. Preliminary construction activities are expected to begin in May 2022.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Improve Facilities - Diesel Locomitve Storage Shed Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $1,000,000 $1,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

The purpose of this project is to support the expansion of CTA’s diesel-powered snow fighter locomotives via the construction of three sheds, one at each of the following locations: 98th, Midway, and Rosemont Yards to house the four new snow fighter locomotives. The sheds will fully enclose the locomotives. Work at each location provides for a pre-engineered insulated metal building structure, overhead coiling doors, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire alarms system, and tie-ins for sewer and electrical service.

Core Requirement(s)
Maintain and Improve Safety and Reliability
Achieve Full Accessibility
Meet Regulatory Requirements
Improve Equity
Strategic Goal
Deliver Value on Investment
Build on the Strengths of Our Network
Stay Competitive

Funding Amounts by Source:

*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table
Source Previous Funding* 2022 Funding 2023-2026 Funding Total
Federal
$0
$1,000,000
$0
$1,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$1,000,000
$0
$1,000,000

Last Updated 06.16.2022