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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2022 Berkeley Access to Bus Route Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Berkeley $50,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

This project funds Phase I engineering necessary for future sidewalk network improvements that will provide access from residential neighborhoods south of St. Charles Road to Pace Bus Route 313. Engineering will be completed for sidewalk gaps along Lee Boulevard, Morris Avenue, Rohde Avenue, Spencer Avenue, and Jerele Boulevard.

Current Activities

Project has been completed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$50,000
Last Updated 10.17.2022
+ 2022 Calumet Park Pace and Metra Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Calumet Park $264,126
  • RTA
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

This project will construct bicycle facilities along 124th Street to better facilitate safe access between bus transit services along Halsted Street to the Ashland Metra station at Ashland Avenue. Additional improvements include completing a sidewalk gap on 124th Street between Laflin and Bishop Streets and pedestrian improvements to the intersection of 124th Street and Laflin Street.

Current Activities

Phase II Engineering Underway. Awaiting Phase I Addendum approval from Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$52,825
Federal
$211,301
Last Updated 01.10.2022
+ 2022 Cary TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Cary $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

The RTA provided assistance to the Village in soliciting guidance and advice from development experts through a half-day discussion panel. This panel discussed the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for and attract development to specific parcels near the Cary Metra station. The Final Report is attached.

Current Activities

RTA staff has developed a final report and delivered it to the Village of Cary.  This project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 10.03.2022
+ 2022 Cicero TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Cicero $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

The RTA will provide assistance to the Town in soliciting guidance and advice from development experts through a half-day discussion panel. This panel will discuss the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for and attract development to Town-owned parcels near the Cicero Metra station.

Current Activities

10/14/22 - Final report delivered to Cicero staff on September 27. Project complete.

8/16/22 - RTA staff finalizing report based on comments from ULI staff and panelists.

7/19/22 - Developer Discussion Panel was held in Cicero on July 19. RTA staff currently developing final report content for review by ULI staff and panel participants.

4/11/22 - Project development tasks will take place during the spring of 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 10.31.2022
+ 2022 Evanston Pace and CTA Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Evanston $300,481
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

This project will convert all of the bus stops in the City of Evanston from flagged to posted stops and include the installation of ADA compliant bus stop pads. In addition, this project will install shelters, pedestrian signals, truncated domes, and new and replaced sidewalk to further enhance the new bus stops. Shelters are proposed for stops with 20 average daily boardings.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering complete. Evanston is finalizing site locations with CTA and Pace, and preparing a RFQ to retain consultant to perform Phase II Engineering.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$30,048
Local
$30,048
Federal
$240,385
Last Updated 10.17.2022
+ 2022 Franklin Park Pace and Metra Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Franklin Park $890,196
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

This project will construct bicycle and pedestrian improvements along two corridors in the community: an east-west bicycle route and a north-south pedestrian route that connect the Village’s two Metra stations and three Pace Bus routes to its three industrial areas. Improvements to the bike network will include the installation of eight-foot multi-use paths, on road sharrows, on road dedicated bike lanes, and installation of new signage and path widening along existing paths. The proposed sidewalk improvements on 25th Avenue will provide safe connections from the downtown train stations to the southern industrial area without forcing pedestrians to navigate gaps in the sidewalk network. Employees taking the Pace 303 bus will also benefit from these improvements.

Current Activities

Phase II engineering underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$63,169
Local
$114,870
Federal
$712,157
Last Updated 10.17.2022
+ 2022 Harvard Bus Stop Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Harvard $47,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

This project will complete Phase I engineering necessary for future pedestrian access improvements along US Rte. 14, IL Route. 173, Marengo Road, and Ayer Street. Engineering will be completed for new sidewalks, ADA improvements, crosswalks, and a Pace Bus shelter. These improvements will also better connect residents to the Harvard Metra Station and the Pace Bus Route 808.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering Complete. Harvard is seeking funding for Phase II engineering and construction.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$47,000
Last Updated 06.24.2022
+ 2022 Hoffman Estates Pace Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Hoffman Estates $675,000
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

This project will construct a new off-road shared-use path on the north side of Central Road from the existing Paul Douglas Forest Preserve path system to the Pace Park-n-Ride at Barrington Road. The path will be 10 feet wide located generally along the right of way on the north side of Central Road. Destination and distance signing along with traffic controls for intersection and driveway crossings are included. Signal upgrades and modifications at the Central Road / Huntington Boulevard intersection will be made for bicycle and pedestrian users.

Current Activities

Phase II engineering underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$67,500
Local
$67,500
Federal
$540,000
Last Updated 10.17.2022
+ 2022 Homewood Downtown TOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Homewood $135,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will assist the Village of Homewood to prepare a transit-oriented development plan for downtown Homewood and areas surrounding the Metra and Amtrak Homewood station. Leveraging the ongoing station renovations, the goals of the planning study include identifiying strategies to attract investment and development, retain existing character/historic preservation and increase access to transit services in the downtown. With a locally-driven planning vision, the Village hopes to continue to foster population growth, identify new uses for vacant buildings, increase transit ridership and increase the downtown population. 

Current Activities

11/11/22 - Proposals were due November 7. RTA and Village staff reviewing submittals.

10/14/22 - Procurement for consultant services ongoing.

9/16/22 - Procurement for consultant services ongoing.

7/19/22 - Consultant scope of work has been finalized. RTA staff is preparing procurement documents and will be beginning the procurement process in July/August 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$114,750
Local
$20,250
Last Updated 11.11.2022
+ 2022 La Grange TOD Plan Update Community Planning TOD Plan Update La Grange $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will assist the Village of La Grange to update their current transit-oriented development plan adopted in 2005. By updating this plan, the Village seeks to address current construction market dynamics,  changes in the retail industry, and changing commuting habits  to poise the community to take advantage of future redevelopment opportunities. In particular, the Village seeks to invite redevelopment on the West End, which has seen no new development since 2005.  The proposed study area encompasses the Central Business District of La Grange, the West End Business District, and other properties within less than one quarter mile from each Metra Station in La Grange. 

Current Activities

The Village of La Grange has opened the bidding period of the open procurement process. The bidding period closes on October 6th, 2022. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$80,000
Local
$20,000
Last Updated 09.16.2022