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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2022 Cary TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Cary $3,500
  • RTA
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will provide assistance to the Village 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 specific parcels near the Cary Metra station.

Current Activities

Project development tasks will commence in the spring of 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 2022 Cicero TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Cicero $3,500
  • RTA
Programmed

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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

Project development tasks will take place during the spring of 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 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

Project development tasks are underway including the development of a consultant scope of work and executing a governing resolution.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$114,750
Local
$20,250
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 2022 La Grange TOD Plan Update Community Planning TOD Plan Update La Grange $120,000
  • 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

Project initiation tasks are underway including developing a consultant scope of work and executing a governing resolution.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$96,000
Local
$24,000
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 2022 Pace Far South Halsted Street Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Pace Suburban Bus $275,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will assist Pace with preparing a corridor study of the far South Halsted St. corridor between the Pace/Metra Harvey Transportation Center and the Pace Chicago Heights Terminal. Goals of the study are to increase transportation resilience, encourage transit oriented development (TOD), improve pedestrian accessibility, sidewalks, crosswalks, access to developments, and connectivity. The study includes coordination with Harvey, South Holland, East Hazel Crest, Homewood, Glenwood and Chicago Heights.  The study will include strategies to prepare the corridor for Pace Pulse service, improve corridor accessibility and identify future high frequency service station locations.

Current Activities

Project development activities are underday including the development of a consultant scope of work and executing a governing resolution.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$220,000
Local
$55,000
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 2022 Richton Park TOD Plan Update Community Planning TOD Plan Update Richton Park $120,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will assist the Village of Richton Park to update their current transit-oriented development plan (TOD), covering the 1/2 mile area surrounding the Richton Park Metra station. The goals for the project are to update, consolidate, and refresh the current TOD plan (adopted in 2004) with updated recommendations, imagery and graphics. The plan will also address a modernized strategy to increase density near the Metra station and offer more housing options, especially for residents who are becoming empty nesters and wish to age in place. The updated plan will focus on ways to retain existing character, historic presevation, and create an appealing aesthetic for the community. 

Current Activities

Project development tasks are taking place during the spring of 2022 including the development of a consultant scope of work and executing a governing resolution.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$114,000
Local
$6,000
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 2022 Sauk Trail and Torrence Ave Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Sauk Village $165,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will assist the Village of Sauk Village to prepare a corridor study focused on both Sauk Trail (from Cottage Grove to Burnham Avenue) and Torrence Avenue (from Sauk Trail to US 30). The goals of the study include developing strategies to improve pedestrian safety, access to transit services, attracting investment and development and addressing the primary safety challenges of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, speeding and crashes.

Current Activities

Project development tasks will commence in the spring of 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$156,750
Local
$8,250
Last Updated 04.25.2022
+ 2021 Berwyn TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Berwyn $25,000
  • RTA
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will assist the City of Berwyn with updating the City Zoning Code along the Harlem Avenue corridor from Roosevelt Road to Pershing Road. The result will include code revisions that support a more pedestrian-friendly development style along the corridor, preparing it for future rapid Pace Pulse service. Revising the code along Harlem Avenue is a recommendation for the City in the Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study.

Current Activities

4/11/22 - RTA and City staff have finalized the project's scope of work.  Solicitation for bids is under development and expected to be released in April.

1/7/22 - RTA and City staff are in the process of finalizing the project’s scope of work.  RTA staff expect the project to move into the procurement phase during the first quarter of 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$25,000
Last Updated 04.11.2022
+ 2021 Brookfield Developer Discussion Panel - Congress Park Station Community Planning Developer Panel Brookfield $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 Village-owned parcels near the Congress Park Metra station.

Current Activities

RTA, ULI, and Village of Brookfield staff facilitated the developer panel discussion on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Four developer panelists were in attendance. The report of recommendations was published in March 2022 and is available under "Related Report". 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 04.06.2022
+ 2021 Kimball Station Area Curbside Management and Mobility Study Community Planning Pedestrian Access to Transit - Mobility Management Chicago $200,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

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Description

The RTA will provide technical assistance to Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Albany Park community to pinpoint new and expanded pedestrian and shared space amenities along Kimball and Lawrence Avenues as well as introduce new micro-mobility infrastructure and device parking to advance first and last mile connectivity near the Kimball Brown Line station. New public amenities recommended in the plan could include specific locations for sheltered seating for transit passengers and customers of street merchants, e-scooter and e-bike designated parking areas, wall murals along the exterior of the Kimball CTA station, a plaza area near the Kimball station, and dedicated bus priority zones for transfer stops of CTA bus routes 81 and 82. The RTA and DPD will work alongside the North River Commission, the CTA and others in Albany Park to finalize short-term, tactical recommendations

Current Activities

A project scope of work has been completed and the RTA is working to obtain consultant assistance for this project. Anticipated project kick-off is for fall 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$90,000
Local
$110,000
Last Updated 04.06.2022