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 Funding 10 Year Funding Neededsort descending 10 Year Unfunded Need
+ 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 Paratransit Vehicles - Replacement Bus $5,546,463 $24,849,500 $60,135,000 $35,285,500

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 $5,546,463 $24,849,500

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
$5,546,463
$19,303,037
$24,849,500
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$1,861,671
$5,546,463
$19,303,037
$26,711,171

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$7,290,500

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

Behind Schedule

Start Date

Nov 2015

End Date

Dec 2022

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

Current Status

The Pace has completed the procurement process on this project and a contract has been awarded in November 2020 to Shepard Bros Inc. The project was on hold due to a bid protest and a pending lawsuit however activities have restarted. The first order under this contract is planned for 210 vehicles. The state funds remaining in this grant will be used for the purchase of 23 of the paratransit vehicles in this order, the other vehicles will be purchased with federal funding. At this time, Pace has received 10 vehicles. Additional vehicles are currently in production.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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

+ Pace Improve Passenger Facilities - Transportation Centers Bus $5,450,000 $44,450,000 $78,000,000 $33,550,000

Description:

Improvements to Transportation and Transfer Facilities

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Harvey Transportation Center - Pace Stations & Passenger Facilities Bus $5,450,000 $5,450,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Pace is partnering with Metra, the City of Harvey, and IDOT with the intent to move the transportation center and combine it with the Metra station.

The elements of the construction may include pavement, lighting, platforms, shelters, restrooms, structures and systems and may have a taxi release area to create a multimodal facility.

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
$5,450,000
$0
$5,450,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$5,450,000
$0
$5,450,000

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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, and construction began in March. Substantial completion and beneficial occupancy for the depot building was achieved in December 2021, after a walk‐through inspection of depot building. The Scott Street pedestrian tunnel was completed in April 2022. Pace bus operations are using the new facilities, but there is additional work remaining including punch list items on building, passenger platforms and site landscaping. All site work is scheduled to be completed by June 15, 2022.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Pace Fixed Route Buses - Expansion Bus $0 $0 $83,889,000 $83,889,000

Description:

Buses for new services

No Results Found

+ Pace Pulse Infrastructure System $0 $0 $84,525,000 $84,525,000

Description:

Enhance Pulse service

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Pulse Dempster Line Easements Stations & Passenger Facilities Bus $0 $0

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Pulse Dempster Line Easements - To conduct utility and construction work in the Dempster corridor for Pulse stations. Dempster Line is 15 miles in length and will include connections to other Pace and CTA bus routes, the CTA Yellow and Purple lines, as well as to Metra’s Union Pacific North, Northwest and North Central Service rail lines. Construction of stations (related project 5426) is funded with 2019 CMAQ.

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 Non-Revenue Vehicle Replacement Program System $4,558,095 $20,558,095 $86,300,000 $65,741,905

Description:

Replacement of vehicles needed for maintenance and operations support

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ Equipment and Non-Revenue Vehicles Program Support Facilities & Equipment System $0 $16,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

CTA plans to invest funds annually to fund the phased replacement of aged equipment and vehicles used by CTA maintenance groups that include Bus, Rail, Power & Way, and Facilities.

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
$16,000,000
$16,000,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$0
$16,000,000
$16,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ Non-Revenue Utility Vehicle Replacement Support Facilities & Equipment System $1,225,000 $1,225,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Heavy-Duty Vehicles to support routine infrastructure maintenance, emergency repairs, and recovery operations.

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
$1,225,000
$0
$1,225,000
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$0
$0
$0
Total
$0
$1,225,000
$0
$1,225,000

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ Non-Revenue Vehicles - Diesel Locomotives Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $3,333,095 $3,333,095

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

Equipment and Non-Revenue Vehicles (Diesel Locomotives): Funding will provide for the replacement of CTA's diesel locomotive snow fighters. The self-propelled locomotives with special attachments to remove snow and ice during severe winter weather conditions are able to operate and clear system track, so that CTA can safely power up the system to restore/provide service. When traction power is down, this equipment will also be used to move rolling stock to secure locations.

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
$3,333,095
$0
$3,333,095
Total
$4,000,000
$3,333,095
$0
$7,333,095

PMO:

Total Project Budget^

$22,731,013

Budget Status

On Budget

Schedule Status

On Schedule

Start Date

Aug 2020

End Date

Jan 2023

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

Current Status

The design review of vehicles' major elements is complete except for the broom cart. Shop fabrication and orders have been released for prime mover frame, engine skid, bogies, operator cabs and blower cart frame. Broom cart design is in process. The first engine skid frame and diesel engine were dry‐fit assembled and engine pipe routed for review. Several remaining sub‐system design packages continued to be reviewed and resubmitted. First delivery is expected in July 2022.

Last Updated 06.16.2022

+ 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 Administration - CTA System $11,573,956 $52,409,244 $101,879,860 $49,470,616

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 $5,387,500 $21,471,219

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
$4,227,245
$16,083,719
$20,310,964
State
$0
$0
$0
$0
RTA
$0
$0
$0
$0
Service Board / Local
$0
$1,160,255
$0
$1,160,255
Total
$4,215,368
$5,387,500
$16,083,719
$25,686,587

Last Updated 01.13.2022

+ CTA New Control and Training Center System $110,000,000 $110,000,000 $110,000,000 $0

Description:

Construct new CTA complex (campus) to include a Control Center and Training Facility. The facility will be equipped with modern state of the art technology, heighten security criteria and redundant power sources. The Control Center portion of campus will include an auditorium, situation room, network operations center, and communication and training rooms. While, the new training facility portion of the campus will contain offices, classrooms, and conference rooms for CTA employee training. The training facility will contain both bus and railcar inspection pits including embedded rail track and testing track for rail operations.

Project Title Asset Category Mode 2022 Funding 2022-2026 Funding PMO
+ New Control & Training Center Support Facilities & Equipment System $110,000,000 $110,000,000

PROJECT DETAILS

Description:

CTA complex (campus) to include a Control Center and Training Facility. The facility will be equipped with modern state of the art technology, heighten security criteria and redundant power sources. The Control Center portion of campus will include an auditorium, situation room, network operations center, and communication and training rooms. While, the new training facility portion of the campus will contain offices, classrooms, and conference rooms for CTA employee training.

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
$110,000,000
$0
$110,000,000
Total
$0
$110,000,000
$0
$110,000,000

Last Updated 01.13.2022