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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2019 Park Forest, Matteson and Richton Park Transportation Alternatives Study Community Planning Mobility Management Park Forest $1,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

The RTA is working with the villages of Park Forest, Matteson and Richton Park to prepare a transportation alternatives study. The study will determine the market potential for new mobility services such as local community-based transit services, shared mobility services and non-motorized transportation alternatives.

Current Activities

Community engagement and draft recommendations have been completed and vetted with the Steering Committee. Drafting of the plan continues this fall. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,000
Last Updated 09.28.2021
+ 2019 Park Forest, Matteson and Richton Park Transportation Alternatives Study Community Planning Pedestrian Access to Transit Park Forest $1,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

The RTA is working with the villages of Park Forest, Matteson and Richton Park to prepare a transportation alternatives study. The study will determine the market potential for new mobility services such as local community-based transit services, shared mobility services and non-motorized transportation alternatives.

Current Activities

Community engagement and draft recommendations have been completed and vetted with the Steering Committee. Drafting of the plan continues this fall. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,000
Last Updated 09.28.2021
+ 2019 Riverside TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Riverside $35,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

This project includes a comprehensive update to the Village of Riverside's Zoning Ordinance. The update will reflect current development trends and implement the Central Business District Plan that promotes pedestrian oriented redevelopment near the Riverside Metra station while preserving the character of the downtown. The update will also address zoning issues related to protecting the Village's national historic landmark designation.

Current Activities

Draft Zoning Code and Sign Code amendments as well as a proposed Zoning Map updates are drafted and being reviewed by the Steering Committee. Presentation to the Village Board for adoption is anticipated for the winter 2021/2022. Visit the project website for more frequent updates and additional details.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$35,000
Last Updated 09.28.2021
+ 2018 Bartlett TOD Zoning Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Bartlett $18,875
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

This project created zoning revisions to the Bartlett Village Zoning Code intended to implement Bartlett's 2016 Downtown Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan. The project developed a new Downtown TOD Overlay chapter to implement Village strategies for a stronger sense of place, to create a more vibrant and walk-able downtown and update development regulations to allow for the type of development the Village envisioned in the TOD Plan.

Current Activities

The Village Board adopted the Downtown TOD Overlay chapter into the Village Zoning Code at their November 19, 2019 meeting.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$18,875
Last Updated 12.12.2019
+ 2018 Bensenville Metra Station Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Bensenville $500,000
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project improved access to the Bensenville Metra Station through the construction of new sidewalks and bike parking at the station and along the adjacent Railroad Ave. Additionally, the commuter parking lot was reconfigured to enhance pedestrian and transit access to the station through the addition of a bus shelter and sidewalks. Other improvements included widened sidewalks, ornamental roadway lighting, bike racks, crosswalks, and a bus layover area.

Current Activities

Construction began in summer of 2018 and is now complete. Improvements include a more accessible and pedestrian friendly Metra and Pace service area for their users, potentially leading to an increase in ridership. 2018 weekday boardings increased 16% over 2016 according to Metra Boarding and Alighting Counts. Additionally, Beautification of the existing Railroad Avenue from York Road to Center Street has enhanced the pedestrian friendly nature of the Bensenville downtown area.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$100,000
Federal
$400,000
Last Updated 05.18.2021
+ 2018 Brookfield Developer Discussion Panel - Brookfield Station Community Planning Developer Panel Brookfield $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the Village of Brookfield with a Developer Discussion Panel to gather guidance and advice from development experts. The objective is to attract development to vacant sites and encourage infill development. The Developer Discussion Panel helped the Village determine goals and needs in order to best utilize the land.

Current Activities

The panel was held in August 2018 with members of the Village of Brookfield, ULI Chicago and the RTA in attendance. The Village continues to experience incremental growth near the Brookfield station in the form of new apartment development.

A summary report can be found to the right in Related Reports.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 07.23.2021
+ 2018 Brookfield Metra Station Bicycle Parking Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Brookfield $277,150
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project will add covered bicycle parking at both the Congress Park and Brookfield Metra Stations. Twenty-four racks will be installed at Congress Park and 12 at Brookfield. These improvements will leverage Brookfield's existing bicycle facilities and support the annual Bike Brookfield event.

Current Activities

Construction is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$13,857
Local
$41,573
Federal
$221,720
Last Updated 02.16.2021
+ 2018 Chicago - South Shore Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Chicago $146,031
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project developed a plan for two corridors, the East 75th and East 79th Street corridors, between Stony Island Avenue and the lakefront in the South Shore neighborhood. The plan identifies 10 Ideas for Action to improve land use, business retention, housing and connectivity to transit for both corridors.

Current Activities

The Chicago Plan Commission adopted the plan in May 2020 and in June announced the award of Neighborhood Opportunity Funds to two projects that will rehabilitate two vacant storefronts along 79th Street, $52,500 for rehab and build-out for a new co-working space at 1642 E. 79th Street, and $90,000 for renovation and reuse of a vacant building​ for an architecture studio at 2320 E. 79th Street.

In February 2021 Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined the groundbreaking ceremony of the Sisters in Cinema Media Center on East 75th Street at Yates. The Center will house gallery space, a 45-seat theater, editing and computer lab, offices, and classroom and conference space. The Center is scheduled to open in September of 2021.

In the spring of 2021 the City released a two-part RFP for a 1.7-acre site that includes vintage, low-rise buildings and for vacant land adjacent to the Cheltenham station on Metra’s Electric Main Line. The RFP goals include the construction and rehabilitation of transit-oriented housing and ancillary uses. Bids are due August 31, 2021.

The RTA continues to monitor implementation and offer assistance to the City as requested.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$28,729
Local
$7,302
Federal
$110,000
Last Updated 05.18.2021
+ 2018 Chicago Heights Pace Route Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Chicago Heights $124,920
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

The project will add access improvements to the Chicago Heights Pace terminal located at 16th St. and Vincennes Ave. They include replacement of existing sidewalks, adding ADA-compliant crosswalks, a bus staging lane and covered bike parking.

Current Activities

Phase II engineering for this project is undeway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$12,492
Local
$12,492
Federal
$99,936
Last Updated 02.16.2021
+ 2018 Cicero Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Cicero $97,122
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

This project will update the Town's Zoning Code to align with their recently adopted Cicero Connections Initiative Plan, funded by the RTA, and the Town's Comprehensive Plan. The project will explore form based code elements to create a unified and streamlined zoning code process that will attract development, and will recognize the availability of transit service to explore greater density in commercial neighborhoods, sustainable development principles, and reduced zoning code parking requirements.

Current Activities

Sections of the revised code are being drafted and reviewed during the summer and fall of 2021. Visit the project website for more frequent updates and additional details.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$87,410
Local
$9,712
Last Updated 09.28.2021