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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2018 North Central Service Analysis and Implementation Study Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Mundelein $125,000
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This study created a coordinated sub-regional investment plan framework focused on the communities served by the Metra North Central Service. Project initiatives identified planned enhancements to the line and service enhancements preferred by existing riders, outlined implementation strategies, identified traditional and non-traditional funding sources for infrastructure improvements, and provided parameters for legal authority to move forward.

Current Activities

The project was completed in February of 2020 and adopted by the Mundelein Village Board in April of 2020. The RTA, Village and the Lake County Transportation Alliance are identifying a strategy to move forward with recommendations of the plan.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$50,000
Local
$25,000
Federal
$50,000
Last Updated 05.01.2020
+ 2018 Robbins TOD Plan Update Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Robbins $25,000
  • RTA
In Progress

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

As part of a proposed stormwater solution to remove approximately 140 acres from the floodplain the Village would like to study the area for potential development. The Village envisions a mixed-use neighborhood with a stormwater park to the north. Proximity to the Metra station will serve as a major draw to attract new residents, creating demand for greater retail options and other developments in the area. This project is being led by CMAP in partnership with the RTA. The RTA would contribute staff time as well as funding to complete the TOD market assessment.

Current Activities

The draft plan is being presented to the Village Board in late July for adoption. The RTA awarded the Village additional technical assistance to update the zoning code in the primary and secondary TOD districts of the Village, an initial recommendation of the TOD Plan. Zoning work is anticipated to commence in 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$25,000
Last Updated 07.23.2021
+ 2018 Winthrop Harbor Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Winthrop Harbor $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

To further advance the recommendations of the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan that was created in 2005 the RTA partnered with the Village to convene a developer discussion panel. The panel of developers provided guidance to the Village on how to attract development/redevelopment opportunities in their TOD area.

Current Activities

The Developer Panel was held on October in coordination with the Village, the Urban Land Institute and the RTA. The RTA will continue to monitor for any implementation activities and will support implementation as it is able to.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 12.12.2019
+ 2016 Chicago - Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Chicago $125,000
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project assisted the City of Chicago in creating a comprehensive, station area master plan for the Jefferson Park neighborhood in the vicinity of the Jefferson Park Transit Center. This plan developed recommendations for transit access improvements and transit-supportive land uses that will complement the renovated Jefferson Park Transit Center, which facilitates CTA Rail and Bus, Metra Rail and Pace Bus service.

Current Activities

The plan was reviewed and adopted by the Chicago Plan Commission on December 20, 2018. The CTA completed station renovation work in 2019. The RTA further supported implementation activities by convening a panel of developer experts in June of 2021 to provide detailed guidance to attract infill redevelopment along Milwaukee Avenue.

During the summer of 2021 the People's Alley identified in the plan will be constructed in the alley between 4870 N Milwaukee and 5438 W Higgins. The alley will feaure a pedestrian plaza, new pavers, decorative overhead lights, seating and an identifying arch at the entrance.

In January of 2021 Chicago's City Council Committee on Housing and Real Estate unanimously voted to approve the sale of the property at 4841 N. Lipps Ave., formerly the Jefferson Park Firehouse, to a developer with plans to convert it into a mixed used development, with a first floor brewery with residential units on the upper floors.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$20,000
Local
$25,000
Federal
$80,000
Last Updated 07.23.2021
+ 2016 CTA Bus Corridor Slow Zone Improvement Initiatives Community Planning Corridor Planning Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $318,595
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project developed recommendations to improve the speed and reliability of service on two CTA bus corridors, a 7.9-mile section of Chicago Avenue and a 10-mile section of 79th Street. Data analysis was conducted to identify slow zones along both corridors and identify solutions to improve the speed of service in those zones. The recommendations include concept designs, and an implementation plan for the CTA and partner agencies.

Current Activities

Final reports for both corridors were completed in the summer of 2018 and are linked below in Study Documents. The City has budgeted funds to make a number of the recommended improvements along the corridors. The first intersection to be reconfigured in 2019 was Chicago/Milwaukee/Ogden, with additional Chicago Ave. corridor work completed in 2019. The City was also awarded Invest in Cook funding from the Cook County Department of transportation to begin building some of the improvements recommended for the 79th Street corridor. In October 2019 Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the City of Chicago will devote $20 million in new funding for the Bus Priority Zone Program designed to improve bus travel times and make service more reliable on seven core routes.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$254,876
Local
$63,719
Last Updated 06.03.2020
+ 2016 Des Plaines TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Des Plaines $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

Staff from the City of Des Plaines met with development professionals to conduct a discussion panel on their study area. This involved the local planners acquiring advice, guidance, and feedback on the City's plans and goals for future redevelopment opportunities.

Current Activities

The developer discussion was held on December 6, 2016. A report summarizing the recommendations made by the panelists is included under Related Reports.

As recommended in the report, the City purchased the Des Plaines Theater in 2018 with the intent to renovate and reopen the 95-year old destination. The newly renovated opened to the public again in late summer 2021.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 07.23.2021
+ 2016 DuPage Last Mile Transit Planning Study Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan DuPage County Division of Transportation $0
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project assisted DuPage County in developing options to improve transit connections to major employment centers in the County, with a focus on first and last mile transportation gaps with existing transit services. The ultimate goal of the project was to improve commuting options and access to jobs for those commuting to and within the County.

Current Activities

The final report, completed in the summer of 2017, identifies ways to improve transit connectivity and enhance the reach of the transit network in DuPage County. RTA is monitoring future implementation efforts by the County.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 10.17.2017
+ 2016 Morton Grove Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Morton Grove $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

A developer panel was held to provide advice, guidance and feedback on Village plans and goals to attract TOD investment on key redevelopment parcels throughout the Metra station area.

Current Activities

The developer discussion was held on September 30, 2016. A report summarizing the recommendations made by the panelists is included below.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 12.12.2019
+ 2016 Morton Grove TOD Zoning Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Morton Grove $25,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project assisted the Village with the creation of revised zoning regulations to encourage, attract and allow TOD investment in areas near the Morton Grove Metra station. Previous to the update the zoning code did not reflect current market demands or development patterns, nor did it always allow the types of development the Village envisions in the Metra station TOD area.

Current Activities

The Village Board adopted the code amendments in December 2018. The RTA will monitor for success of the revised zoning code.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$25,000
Last Updated 12.12.2019
+ 2016 Olympia Fields TOD Zoning Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Olympia Fields $25,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project developed specific zoning regulations and guidelines to reflect and implement the previously-adopted Village Town Center Plan. This plan outlines strategies for the Village to attract and encourage TOD investment near the 203rd Street Metra station. Form-based regulations were included in the revised code.

Current Activities

The revised zoning code and associated design guidelines were adopted by the Village Board in September 2018.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$25,000
Last Updated 12.12.2019