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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 1999 Blue Island Transit-Oriented Development Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Blue Island $22,200
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The City of Blue Island Transit-Oriented Development study recommended improving the pedestrian environment between the Metra Electric and Rock Island District stations that are located within 500 feet of each other and where significant passenger transferring between the stations occur. The study also recommended providing streetscaping and guidance signage enhancements from the two stations to downtown Blue Island and Saint Francis Hospital, which was renamed to MetroSouth Medical Center in 2008.

Current Activities

The study was completed in May, 1999. The RTA recently completed a Phase II Transit Corridor Study which developed conceptual development programs for two parcels in the TOD area; one parcel is an under-utilized parking area Southeast of the Vermont Street Rock Island station and the other is adjacent to the station. Additionally, through an RTA Pilot Project providing implementation technical assistance, a new zoning district called the Uptown Transit-Oriented District was created and formally adopted into the City Zoning Ordinance on June 14, 2012. The new regulations can be found here.

In 2012 Metra received a grant from the Innovation, Coordination and Enhancement (ICE) Program for improvements to the Blue Island, Vermont Street Interagency Transfer Station. This project includes additional interagency signage at multiple locations, including both Metra stations. Additionally, the RTA chose Blue Island as part of the 2013 Community Planning Program to work with ULI to assemble a developer discussion panel to provide input, guidance and advice to the City as they work to attract TOD investment on a City-owned parcel adjacent to the 119th Street Metra station. This discussion took place on August 12, 2013 and a summary of this discussion can be found in the Study Documents. The City is currently working to implement the recommendations from this discussion.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$22,200
Last Updated 02.03.2017
+ 1999 DuPage Area Transit Plan Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan DuPage Mayors & Managers $277,245
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This study was conducted by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference in cooperation with DuPage County. The DuPage Area Transit Plan includes both a short term and long range transit plan for the County. Throughout the development of the plan stakeholders from the county including elected officials, county and local community staff, and area residents were engaged through an extensive grass roots public involvement process to provide input into the plan. This process resulted in the identification of quality of life issues with respect to the provision and availability of transit service in the County.

Current Activities

The plan was completed in August 2002. The RTA is currently funding an update to this study. Please visit www.rtams.org/rtams/planningStudy.jsp?id=313 for more information.

In 2013 the Village of Glen Ellyn was awarded CMAQ program funds, via the RTA's Access to Transit Improvement Program for multi-modal access improvements to Pace Route 301, which was a recommendation made in the DuPage Area Transit Plan.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$150,778
Federal
$126,467
Last Updated 08.08.2017
+ 1999 Elmhurst Downtown Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Elmhurst $7,500
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The Elmhurst Central Business District City Centre Planning Study was completed in March of 1999. The plan was directed by the Central Business District Special Service Area and was part of the RTAP program. The study applied transit-oriented development principles to downtown Elmhurst.

Current Activities

The original TOD study was updated by the City of Elmhurst in 2006 and continues to foster residential, commercial, and retail development in the downtown area. A six-story mixed use development is currently under construction at 100 N. Addison in downtown Elmhurst. This development has 11,000 square feet of first floor commercial space with 165 residential apartment units above the commercial spaces. This development is located adjacent to the Metra station in downtown Elmhurst. Estimated to be completed in 2019.

Elmhurst also secured grant funding to reconstruct its downtown Metra station. The work scope includes reconstruction of the inbound and outbound platform, a new pedestrian tunnel at York Street and designated bus and vehicle drop-off lanes to reduce localized vehicular congestion. This $18 million project is projected to begin in the summer of 2019.

In 2010, the City completed construction of a five-story, 253-space parking deck to serve downtown patrons and Metra commuters at First Street and Larch Avenue. In addition, a new parking deck with street-level commercial was built at Schiller Street and Palmer Drive as well as a traditional parking deck at Addison Road and Adelaide Street.

In 2016 the City opened a 6-story, 690-space parking deck at Addison Avenue and 2nd Street with ground-floor retail, serving downtown customers and employees. Elmhurst 255, a 188-unit residential rental project was completed in 2016, amenities include 12,000SF ground level retail and a public event plaza.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$7,500
Last Updated 06.18.2018
+ 1999 Evanston Transportation Center Planning Study Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Evanston $99,210
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

The Evanston Transportation Center Planning Study developed conceptual plans for access improvements within and between the Evanston Davis Street transit stations and the existing and planned development in downtown Evanston. Wayfinding and pedestrian access improvements were particularily emphasized as nearly half of commuters access the stations by walking. The study also recommended specific improvements at an existing bus transfer location and a review of existing bus services to assess whether it is meeting the needs of the current transit market.

Current Activities

The study was completed in August 2001. The City incorporated design recommendations from the study, including a pedestrian ramp to the Davis Station. Mixed-use development has also been built adjacent to the east and north of the Davis St. Station.

The City was selected as part of the 2015 RTA Community Planning Program to explore ways to create a TOD Parking Policy throughout the City.

In May 2020 the Evanston City Council approved an 18-story, 210,000 sq. ft. office project to be located less than 1,000 feet from both the 'L' and Metra rail service, the first high-rise office building to be constructed in the city in 20 years.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$69,447
Local
$29,763
Last Updated 06.03.2020
+ 1999 Kane County Transit Opportunity Assessment Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Kane County $43,736
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

The Kane County Transit Opportunity Assessment evaluated the existing and potential transit market in the County. The study includes recommendations for further assessing opportunities for transit service in five sub-regions or markets of the County as identified by the study. Two corridors are also identified as candidates for transit services and transit supportive land use planning.

Current Activities

This study was completed in September 2002. In 2009 the RTA funded an update to this study; please visit www.rtams.org/rtams/planningStudy.jsp?id=309 for more information.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$16,736
Federal
$27,000
Last Updated 10.30.2018
+ 1999 Lake County Route 60 and Route 22 Corridor Shuttle Study Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan TMA of Lake Cook $45,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This study examined opportunities to improve mobility in the Route 60 and 22 corridors in Lake County by implementing shuttle bus connections to commuter rail service. The corridors include three Metra rail lines: the North Central Line, the Milwaukee District North Line, and the Union Pacific North Line. The study focused on patterning service after the successful "Shuttle Bug" routes serving Lake-Cook Road and Braeside. The partners included the RTA, the Transportation Management Association of Lake-Cook, Metra, Pace, and major employers from the corridors.

Current Activities

The study was completed in August 2000. Per recommendations in the plan, Lake Forest Shuttle Bug route #625 was implemented along Route 60 in 2001 to connect HSBC employees in Mettawa to the Lake Forest Metra Stations on the UP-N and Milwaukee North lines. Also, Shuttle Bug Route #622/12 was implemented in 2000 to service Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Leica Microsystems in Lake Forest and Bannockburn, respectively, to connect to the Milwaukee North line in Deerfield.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$45,000
Last Updated 02.28.2013
+ 1999 Olympia Fields Town Center Development Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Olympia Fields $37,949
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

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Description

This project developed a concept plan for a new town center on a 54 acre green-field site adjacent to the Metra Electric station in Olympia Fields. The proposed town center includes a mix of civic, commercial, retail, and residential land uses adjacent to an expanded commuter rail facility.

Current Activities

The study was completed in October 2000 and in 2014 CMAP funded an update to this study with support from the RTA.

Additionally, the RTA coordinated with ULI to assemble a panel of developers on June 12, 2013 to solicit guidance, advice and input from the development community on TOD opportunities near the 211th Street Metra Station. This discussion focused on property adjacent to the Metra station in both Park Forest and Olympia Fields. A summary of this discussion can be found here: 211th Street Station.

The Village has been selected by the RTA to complete a TOD zoning code update as part of the 2016 Community Planning program. Work is now underway to create a more transit-supportive zoning code in the station area.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$37,949
Last Updated 09.15.2017
+ 1999 Orland Park Transit-Oriented Development Planning Study Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Orland Park $50,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The Village of Orland Park Transit-Oriented Development Planning Study developed a conceptual plan to facilitate mixed-use development in the Metra 143rd Street station area. The plan thematically ties the station area to Orland Park's historic district, south of 143rd Street. Recommendations included a mix of land uses, including housing, shops and offices surrounding a new 143rd Street Metra station. The plan also included a recommendation for the relocation of the commuter rail station to the north and east of its current location to mitigate access and circulation problems at the original station site. The study was completed in November 2000.

Current Activities

Orland Park constructed and opened a new Metra station at 143rd Street in April, 2007. Service was also doubled on the SW Service line at the same time and saw a 20% increase in ridership. The Village also updated their zoning ordinance to include transit-supportive regulations.

Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park, a 295-unit luxury apartment complex & commercial development built near the 143rd Street Metra station, broke ground in March 2012 and is now fully occupied.

In October 2014 the Residences of Orland Park Crossing, a 231‐unit rental apartment, rowhome and townhome development broke ground across the street from the 143rd Metra station at 143rd and La Grange Road and the first residential units have been delivered for occupancy. A Mariano's grocery store has also opened in the commercial area adjacent to this site.

In 2014, the University of Chicago announced that they will be developing a 120,000SF outpatient medical facility at the northwest corner of 143rd Street and LaGrange Road which opened in December 2016. In conjunction with this project, the Village constructed a parking structure at the northeast corner of 143rd Street and Ravinia Avenue which opened in October 2016. This project adds 520+ spaces on roughly two acres of currently vacant municipal-owned land and includes a 12,000 square foot restaurant space.

In March 2017 the next development for the station area was announced by the Village for the 1.6-acre, triangle-shaped property it owns just west of the Ninety 7 Fifty on the Park apartment building and south of the 143rd Street Metra station, which is a two story, 80,000 sq. ft. mixed used building. This newest development will be anchored by a luxury cinema on the second floor with first floor specialty retail and restaurant tenants.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$30,000
Local
$20,000
Last Updated 09.15.2017
+ 1999 Waukegan Intermodal Transit Facility Study Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Waukegan $115,000
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

The Waukegan Intermodal Transit Facility Study recommends connecting the downtown area, which is located on a bluff, with the lakefront and the Metra commuter rail station utilizing transit-oriented development principles. A key component includes provisions for the development of an intermodal facility. The plan also recommends improved pedestrian, vehicular and transit access as part of the new facility. The study was completed in December 2000.

Current Activities

Waukegan completed the Washington Street Commercial Corridor Plan with assistance from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance Program in 2015. The plan identify opportunities for economic development along a main artery of downtown Waukegan.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$15,000
Local
$40,000
Federal
$60,000
Last Updated 05.24.2017
+ 1999 Westmont Transit-Oriented Development Opportunity Study Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Westmont $40,000
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The Westmont Transit-Oriented Development Opportunity Study identified mixed-use redevelopment opportunities in the Metra station area. The study recommended the development of mid-rise medium density housing within the station area. In addition, the study addressed improved transit access to the station area and along Cass Avenue in the vicinity of the station.

Current Activities

The study was completed in September 2000. Over the past 10 years, Westmont has built a new Village Hall & Police and Fire Department facility, a new Library, updated their Metra Station and built a new community park and fountain. Additionally, the Village installed new decorative streetscapes and a community sound system which provides background music and community announcements to enhance the pedestrian friendliness of the area.

Westmont was chosen as part of the 2012 RTA Community Planning Program of Projects to update their zoning regulations their TOD study area to include transit-supportive regulations. New zoning regulations were created and will be used as guidelines as the Village improves their downtown. The regulations have yet to be adopted.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$20,000
Federal
$20,000
Last Updated 06.13.2017