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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 1998 Northwest Corridor Study Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Northwest Municipal Conference $1,129,461
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

The Northwest Corridor, centered on the I-90 Northwest Tollway, includes a substantial share of the region's activity centers and travel destinations, including O'Hare International Airport, the Schaumburg/Woodfield area and the Elk Grove Industrial Park. The Northwest Corridor Transit Feasibility Study identified and compared options for improving mobility, and facilitated a locally-preferred choice for new transit development. Concurrently, the Northwest Municipal Conference-directed RTAP Study developed transit supportive land use policies and identified potential local financing sources. Of the three transit options proposed by CTA, Metra and Pace, local officials representing communities in the Northwest Corridor selected Metra's commuter rail option- the STAR Line.

Current Activities

This project was completed in December 2004. After completing an Alternatives Analysis for the STAR Line in 2012, Metra chose not to continue to pursue the project due to a variety of factors.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$346,487
Local
$298,974
Federal
$484,000
Last Updated 10.30.2018
+ 1998 Tinley Park Station Area Plans Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Tinley Park $40,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

This project developed plans for two commuter rail station areas in the Village of Tinley Park, the Oak Park Avenue Station located in the downtown and the 80th Avenue station located southwest of the downtown. For the Oak Park Avenue Station, the project identified mixed-use redevelopment opportunities to revitalize the commercial core surrounding the station. The 80th Avenue Station scope of work focused on civic uses, expanded parking, and improved access to the station. The study was completed in September 1998.

Current Activities

A new station was rebuilt between 2002-2005 at the Oak Park Avenue stop on the Rock Island Line that includes a café and a clock tower with 360* views of the station area. Additionally, a new station at the 80th Avenue stop opened in the Spring of 2012.

The Village was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Community Planning Program of Projects for a Developer / Financial Advisory Panel. The Panel convened on October 14th, 2014 and a summary report of the discussion can be found below under "Related Studies".

Among the short-term goals is to expand Zabrocki Plaza, immediately east of the Oak Park Avenue Metra station, to increase space for activities that draw people into the downtown, and at the same time to showcase the downtown's amenities to people from outside Tinley Park. Because any expansion would impact parking spaces in the Metra lot, the village would have to make up for those lost spaces elsewhere near the station, and discussions with Metra about that have been ongoing.

'The Boulevard' - a mixed use project consisting of 165 units and 29,853 sq. ft of commercial space at South St and 67th Ave, was approved in September 2018. In addition, a 40,000 sq. ft public infrastructure project 'Harmony Square' was approved in June 2018. The development broke ground in late 2019.

The Village also secured funding for a new traffic light at 80th Avenue and Timber Drive to help control traffic in the Metra station area.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$40,000
Last Updated 12.04.2020
+ Active Transit Station Signs (ATSS) $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

Active Transit Station Signs (ATSS) are variable message signs designed to provide real-time ¿next train¿ arrival information in countdown format, as well as transit advisory messages like service delays, through an interface with the CTA¿s train control and tracking system. The ATSS project was expanded to provide multi-modal information at Chicago¿s airports. In cooperation with the Chicago Department of Aviation and Illinois Department of Transportation, the RTA¿s InfoTrans signs inform passengers at Chicago¿s airports of their transportation options for traveling to Chicago business district, including a comparison of estimated train and driving travel times.

Current Activities

In 2003, the sign installation and software development were completed.

The system passed the performance test on June 24, 2004. The system performed continuously for 30 days using contractor-provided components without failing. The system was transitioned into the warranty phase of the program. An Evaluation Plan is being prepared with CTA.

The technical maintenance training for CTA employess has been completed in July of 2005. The project is completed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 08.28.2017
+ Corridor Planning Standards $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

Major Investments in new or existing transportation facilities typically impact a number of communities with different goals and objectives. Local officials, the public and federal and state funding/oversight agencies have expressed a desire for uniform principles, assumptions and performance indicators ¿ Corridor Planning Standards to guide development and evaluation of policy alternatives generated during in multi-modal corridor level planning studies and the regional planning process. This study developed a set Corridor Planning Standards to screen transportation improvement options for conformity to local expectations and preferences; in addition to the traditional federally prescribed criteria for Major Investment Studies. The principal products are a survey for community self assessment, Cook DuPage corridor profile based on community self assessment results, quantifiable mobility goals and Corridor Planning Standards for the Cook-DuPage Corridor and a regional guidebook for local governments that wish to develop corridor planning standards. The village of Downers Grove served as the RTA's local planning partner for the Corridor Planning Standards; to add local perspective and expertise.

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Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 08.09.2017
+ CTA Transit Signal Priority Demonstration $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

Western Avenue, one of the region¿s busiest transit corridors, is a heavily used thoroughfare for CTA buses and other vehicles as well. CTA provides both local and limited stop bus service in the Western Avenue corridor. The RTA, CTA, and the City of Chicago will demonstrate a transit signal priority (TSP) system that will improve the flow of buses along Western Ave with minimal impacts on general purpose traffic. The project will demonstrate the feasibility of TSP in an urban, multimodal corridor, and build a local knowledge base for implementing, operating, and coordinating transit and signal operations to optimize the benefits of the TSP system.

The project will equip buses operating on the X49 route with emitters that will allow traffic signals to detect oncoming buses. Selected signals along the route will be equipped with additional software and hardware to detect the buses and allow the signal controllers process transit priority requests. The project will be implemented in two phases. Twenty intersections will be equipped in Phase 1of the project, and the remainder in Phase Two.

Current Activities

N/A

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 10.06.2014
+ CTA Western Avenue Express Bus Facilities and Service Enhancement Project $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

This study created prototype bus stop improvement designs for 5 intersections to support the operations of the X49 Western Express bus route. These prototypical designs demonstrate street-side capital improvements to enhance express bus operations. Specific improvements include investigating optimal intersection geometrics to improve auto, truck and bus traffic; and street and sidewalk designs to improve pedestrian movement and safety. Improvements in customer amenities, comfort, and information were also investigated.

Current Activities

The study was completed in December 2005.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 04.23.2015
+ CTA Wireless Supervisory Control and Data Distribution System (WSCDDS) $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

The goal of the Wireless Supervisory Control and Data Distribution System is to improve CTA's coordination of service management activities through effective, real-time data communications among supervisors, service managers, operators, and controllers. The proposed Wireless Supervisory Control Data Distribution System (WSCDDS) would include several core elements:
1. Portable, wireless devices for supervisors
2. Text messaging between supervisors, operators, and controllers, including automated control of message distribution
3. Automated incident reporting using the wireless devices
4. Automated service management reporting using the wireless devices
5. Centralized collection and archiving of incident and service management data
6. Data analysis using archived incident and service management data
7. Desktop application that supports system administration, reporting, analysis, and supervisor user functions

Current Activities

N/A

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 11.14.2012
+ Multi-Modal Traveler Information Kiosk (MMIK) $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

The purpose of the Multi-Modal Traveler Information Kiosk (MMIK) project is to develop a web-enabled information delivery system that will support the region's multi-modal traveler information system. The MMIK system consists of a centralized transit database that consolidates static and real-time transit information from the RTA, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace. A kiosk database will provide basic networking of the service boards, RTA and the Gateway Multi-Modal Traveler Information Systems.

The objectives of the project include:

  • Providing a framework to facilitate long-term working relationships and data sharing among transportation agencies;
  • Establishing a customer friendly, easy-to-access and understandable information source;
  • Identifying appropriate technologies that are adaptable and expandable; and
  • Developing an expansion plan that defines staffing, equipment, and other resource requirements (i.e. information content, software, hardware, communications).
  • Current Activities

    The Contractor (IBI) has completed their development efforts and performed the internal testing of the system at the IBI offices in Boston in the beginning of May. On May 13, 2004 the onsite installation and testing have been completed at the RTA offices. The server has been installed and new application has been downloaded onto the server. Currently IBI is performing final operational enhancements to the system and preparing documentation for final submittal.

    The system enhancements have been completed and the final documentation submitted to the RTA. The project is completed

    Funding Amounts by Source

    Source Amount
    RTA
    $0
    Last Updated 08.26.2005
    + Multi-Modal Trip Planner System (MMTPS) $0
    • RTA
    Completed

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    Description

    In May of 2004 the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a request for grant proposals (RFP) for a demonstration of a web-based multimodal trip planning system. The FTA vision of a web-based modally integrated trip planner is a system that: - Provides door-to-door travel options with transit treated as a single system regardless of how many separate agencies provide service for a given trip - Includes at least transit, driving, walking (e.g., walking to transit), and multimodal travel (e.g., driving to transit) as options, but may also include options for bicycling, carpooling, intercity bus/rail transportation, or other modes - Includes parking information where applicable - Incorporates accessibility information and features of the transportation network (e.g., street types, pedestrian signals, curb cuts, accessible transit locations) and accommodates customer preferences and constraints (e.g., minimum walking distance, fastest trip, rail only, accessible features and locations) - Uses historical or real-time data/information on travel times to enable travel choices throughout the metropolitan region based on typical or real-time transit and driving travel conditions: - Uses historical or real-time driving data/information to recommend a route for an auto trip and to compute the estimated travel time - Uses schedule travel time data on transit routes to compute the estimated travel time for a transit trip; incorporates real-time information on transit incidents and delays, and provides alerts of these incidents and delays and/or uses this information in the recommendation of routes and estimation of travel times - Includes travel costs for all modes included in the trip planner, including parking costs (if applicable) - Is integrated with existing systems using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) standards implemented in XML - Is Section 508 compliant - Maintains or reduces operating costs per passenger mile and offsets other costs, such as call center or e-mail responses - Facilitates increases in transit ridership Various transportation agencies, including the RTA, responded to the FTA RFP. In November of 2004, the FTA selected the RTA proposal that included a technical plan, financial plan, and staffing plan for meeting FTA's objectives within the specified time frame and budget. The concept of the Chicagoland Multi-Modal Trip Planner System (MMTPS) is to integrate driving itineraries, transit trip planners, and real-time monitoring systems in a phased development approach. The proposed components to be integrated include TripsWeb, Ridematch 21, the Gateway Traveler Information Center (TIC), the Illinois Transit Hub (ITH), and the Emissions Avoided Module (EAM).

    Current Activities

    N/A

    Funding Amounts by Source

    Source Amount
    RTA
    $0
    Last Updated 11.14.2012
    + Pace Intelligent Bus System $0
    • RTA
    Completed

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    Description

    In 1998, Pace initiated the Intelligent Bus System (IBS) project by developing the specifications. The existing Pace Radio Communication System currently uses only voice radio communications for dispatching its fleet of revenue and support vehicles. The existing system generally provides adequate voice coverage to the Pace revenue fleet. However, there are areas along some of the revenue routes that have voice coverage problems. There are also voice coverage problems for buses parked inside the division garages.

    An advancement in communication and vehicle management practices and technology, have the potential for Pace to yield more efficient service delivery and a better informed and, hence, more satisfied customer base. The Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) function of the Pace IBS system would provide for data communications in addition to voice communication. The dispatchers and mobile users can generate data communication or it can be generated by IBS. This project will try to improve the Pace¿s communications system for both ridership and cost containment. The benefits of having data communications in addition to voice include:

    • Improved dispatcher efficiency,
    • Improved supervisor efficiency,
    • Improved security and reduced emergency response time,
    • Improved service planning,
    • Reduced ride-checking costs,
    • Improved on-time performance,
    • Better handling of customer and bus operator complaints,
    • Improved employee morale, and
    • Increased ridership and revenue.

    Current Activities

    The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) participated as a member of Pace's IBS Specification Committee. The specifications were then used to procure and select Siemens ILG to supply and install a complete, operating IBS.

    The Intelligent Bus System (IBS) is currently under acceptance review.

    The acceptance review of the Intelligent Bus System (IBS) was completed. All buses are fully equipped with automatic vehicle location, detection and on-board audio/visual information signage. The project is completed.

    Funding Amounts by Source

    Source Amount
    RTA
    $0
    Last Updated 03.19.2015