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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2020 University Park TOD Plan Update Community Planning TOD Plan Update University Park $139,919
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

The RTA will assist the Village to update its TOD plan that was completed in 2002 for the University Park Metra station. The study will include an analysis of surrounding land uses and zoning codes, local road safety improvements and a last mile mobility strategy.

Current Activities

Initial data collection has begun. Full engagement with the Village and it's Steering Committee will begin in the fall.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$25,484
Local
$2,500
Federal
$111,935
Last Updated 09.27.2021
+ 2020 to 2021 Will County Will Ride Transportation Services_'20'21 Section 5310 / JARC / NF Operating Will County $800,000
  • Federal
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

Will Ride provides transportation and mobility management services for persons with disabilities and older adults residing in eastern Will County townships.  The award includes funding to support the County’s Mobility Manager position.

Current Activities

The RTA Board approved funding for this project on August 19, 2021.  This project has not started. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Federal
$400,000
Local
$400,000
Last Updated 09.24.2021
+ 2020 to 2021 Will County Will Ride Transportation Services_'20'21 Section 5310 / JARC / NF Mobility Management Will County $240,000
  • Federal
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

This program provides transportation and mobility management services for persons with disabilities and older adults residing in eastern Will County townships.  The award includes funding to support the County’s Mobility Manager position. 

Current Activities

The RTA Board approved funding for this project on August 19, 2021.  This project has not started. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Federal
$192,000
Local
$48,000
Last Updated 09.24.2021
+ 2019 Cary Downtown Strategic Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Cary $107,246
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This RTA assisted the Village of Cary in the creation of the Downtown Cary Strategic Plan, a transit-oriented development plan for the area generally located within a half mile of the Cary Metra station. Particular attention was given to properties located within the first quarter mile of the station and the plan details a vision for downtown with a focus on future land use and infrastructure improvements that will help to strengthen the inner core of the community and encourage private reinvestment near the station.

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Current Activities

The Downtown Cary Strategic Plan was adopted by the Cary Village Board on June 15, 2021. The RTA will monitor for initial plan implementation. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$21,449
Federal
$85,797
Last Updated 07.21.2021
+ 2019 Chicago 31st Street Little Village Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Chicago $80,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The RTA is assisting CDOT in determining a course of action for improving mobility along 31st Street from Sacramento Avenue to the city limits, particularly for non-auto users (pedestrians, transit riders, and bicyclists). This work includes collecting and aggregating data of travel trends and traveler demographics in the study area and assisting with community outreach to obtain consensus on plan recommendations.

Current Activities

Work on the project began in May of 2021, starting with existing conditions and data analysis along with developing a community engagement strategy. Interviews with community stakeholders and discussions with focus groups will take place in the fall.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$64,000
Local
$16,000
Last Updated 09.27.2021
+ 2019 Crystal Lake TOD Planning Study Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Crystal Lake $229,945
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

The RTA partnered with the City of Crystal Lake to create a transit-oriented development plan for the areas surrounding the Crystal Lake and Pingree Road Metra stations. The project created a development strategy for increasing the density in these areas with the goals to strengthen pedestrian walkability and to expand mixed use and transit supportive land uses for increased travel efficiency.

Current Activities

The plan was adopted by Crystal Lake City Council on September 7, 2021. The RTA will monitor for implementation activity.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$199,956
Local
$29,989
Last Updated 09.27.2021
+ 2019 Elevated Chicago Action Plans Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Elevated Chicago $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The RTA and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) are working together with Elevated Chicago, a collaboration of 17 public, private and nonprofit organizations, to develop an implementation plan and strategy for the Washington Park area surrounding the Garfield CTA Green Line station and the Logan Square Blue Line station. The assistance will focus on CTA station access, traffic and circulation, community safety, equity, placemaking, and beautification. Public outreach will be conducted to generate public interest and engage partners to identify implementable recommendations.

Current Activities

The RTA is working with community groups and CMAP to update the Community Work Plans put together by Elevated Chicago, with the specific goal of continuing the progress of turning the station into a community asset. The project teams will also review past plan recommendations to understand where progress has been made, and where barriers remain. Work is coordinated with a Resident Advisory Council and is supported with consultant services to develop an asset-based economic development strategy.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$80,000
Local
$20,000
Last Updated 09.28.2021
+ 2019 Itasca Downtown Strategic Action Plan Update Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Itasca $90,779
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The RTA will work with the Village of Itasca to update their Downtown Strategic Action Plan aimed at strengthening the downtown business environment surrounding the Itasca Metra station, guiding development and redevelopment, building on the Village's unique assets in the downtown area including historic buildings, parks and open space, and enhancing opportunities for transit oriented-development.

Current Activities

An initial set of plan recommendations was vetted in September with Village staff, elected officials and the public. Work will continue during the fall to refine plan recommendations. Visit the project website for more frequent updates.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$72,623
Local
$18,156
Last Updated 09.28.2021
+ 2019 Metra Station Evaluation Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Metra $65,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project included an examination of nine stations across the region in an effort to diagnosis the reasons for low ridership. The project will include an examination of service levels, current and forecasted ridership, service options, market area characteristics, and the potential for transit-oriented development. A cost benefit analysis of each station's ongoing operations was included to provide an overall set of recommendations for the future of each station.

Current Activities

Work on this project began in the fall of 2020 and was completed in the fall of 2021 with the delivery of Station Summaries and Deep Dive Reports for all nine stations. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$52,000
Local
$13,000
Last Updated 09.28.2021
+ 2019 Pace I-294 Tri-State Market and Facilities Feasibility Study Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Pace Suburban Bus $238,095
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

This project will include a transit market and facilities assessment of the I-294 Tri-State corridor from 159th Street Interchange in Markham to the Balmoral Interchange in Rosemont that encompasses a 5-mile radius on either side of the corridor. The assessment will identify transit markets along I-294 to inform where future routes and investments in transit infrastructure could be made when the Tri-State is rebuilt, providing incentives for commuters to use public transit.

Current Activities

Preferred service concepts and station concepts were completed and reviewed by stakeholders during the summer and will be available to the public for comments in early fall. A final plan will be available later in the fall.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$47,619
Federal
$190,476
Last Updated 09.28.2021