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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2016 Pace Central Harlem Avenue Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Pace Suburban Bus $199,500
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project completed transit access and land use study with recommended ways to improve transit accessibility while identifying and promoting potential land uses that compliment transit service along the 10 mile stretch of Harlem Avenue, from North Avenue to 71st Street. This project continued the momentum of the previously completed Southwest Conference of Mayors sponsored Harlem Avenue Corridor Project (from 63rd Street to I-80), which has experienced successful implementation efforts. The project area is slated for future Pulse Pulse service, which is an Arterial Rapid Transit service.

Current Activities

The final report was completed in November of 2018 has been shared with Pace and members of the steering committee. Rezoning work is talking place in 2021 and 2022 along the sections of Harlem Ave within Riverside and Berwyn, as recommended in the plan.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$39,900
Federal
$159,600
Last Updated 07.28.2021
+ 2015 Aurora Pedestrian Access to Transit Improvement Plan Community Planning Pedestrian Access to Transit Aurora $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

RTA staff, in partnership will the City of Aurora, prepared a pedestrian access improvement plan for the Aurora Transportation Center in downtown Aurora and Route 59 Metra station. The plan includes recommendations for improved pedestrian and bicycle access, including sidewalks and paths, enhanced crosswalks, pedestrian plazas, wayfinding signage and bicycle accommodations.

Current Activities

Shortly after completion of the Plan the City of Aurora began construction of pedestrian access and related multi-modal improvements within the study area defined by the Pedestrian Access to Transit Improvement Plan. The improvements include: 1) Modifying the existing ATC parking lots to improve pedestrian and multi-modal safety and access. 2) Relocating the Pace bus transfer area to the east side of the commuter parking lot to reduce bus delay which will reduce vehicle/bus/pedestrian conflict and increase bus efficiently. 3) Constructing a 750 foot bridge over the Fox River, to provide connections to TOD areas on the other side of the river and to the Fox River Trail (Completed in April 2021),  4) Constructing new parking lots on the west side of the Fox River. 5) Installing new traffic signals and intersection improvements on Broadway Avenue.

The project is supported by Federal funding from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Grant Program (CMAQ). Local support is being provided by the City of Aurora and Kane County Forest Preserve District, with in-kind supports from Fox Valley Park District, Pace, IDOT, Metra, and BNSF. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.

For more information see ATC Progress

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 05.18.2021
+ 2015 Aurora Station Boulevard Transit Plan Update Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Aurora $0
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

RTA staff assisted the City with updating the 2009 transit service plan for the Station Boulevard Transit system as well as explored other mobility management options for possible implementation. These mobility options will connect residents of the Station Boulevard TOD area with the Route 59 Metra station, helping to increase Metra ridership and reducing vehicle miles traveled to the station. Updates to the plan include the introduction of ways to increase walking, biking and carpooling for Station Boulevard residents, in addition to a future fixed route transit service. The development of a Guaranteed Ride Home program for residents who choose a commuting mode other than driving their own car is also recommended.

Current Activities

The City is taking steps to identify the best timing to start implementing the additional modes recommended in the plan and hopes to begin implementation as soon as possible. The RTA will continue to monitor any implementation activity. A final report will be posted to this page as soon as it is available.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$0
Last Updated 10.20.2020
+ 2015 Bartlett Downtown / TOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Bartlett $124,925
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the Village with developing a TOD plan for the core downtown / Metra station area. The plan will be used as a guide for the Village as it takes steps to improve the Downtown Business District, and includes realistic and economically viable strategies that will benefit Village residents, businesses and visitors to the Village's downtown and support transit use.

Current Activities

The Village Board of Trustees adopted the plan on October 18, 2016 and the Village is has identified initial steps to take to implement the plan. A mixed-use project "Balance Family Chiropractic" consisting of 6,152 sq. ft of office space and 2 residential units was constructed in June 2018. In October 2019 the Village Board approved the site plan to put a brewery and restaurant at the southeast corner of Railroad and South Oak Avenues. Ordinance variations to the site plan include an elimination of the required off-street parking spaces in favor of shared parking spaces already in downtown Bartlett, as recommended in the TOD Plan. The RTA continued to support the Village with implementing the plan for downtown Bartlett through assistance to update the Village Zoning Code, adding a mixed-use TOD Overlay district for the downtown area.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$24,985
Federal
$99,940
Last Updated 06.03.2020
+ 2015 Brookfield TOD Zoning Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Brookfield $20,000
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the Village with updating the zoning regulations around their three Metra stations focusing primarily on the downtown area. The update reflects land use policies, goals and objectives found in the adopted 2020 Master Plan. The revised zoning code uses the latest form-based methods and theories of development regulation to assist the Village in continuing to transform the environment surrounding the downtown Metra station into a model transit-oriented development.

Current Activities

In January 2017 the Village Board of Trustees adopted the revised regulations into the Village zoning code ordinance and revised the Village zoning map accordingly. Since then developers have been attracted to the area as a place to build new multifamily development because of the revised zoning code. Due to the new Station Area Zoning code developers are now able to build new multi-unit developments near transit by right, without having to get approvals from the Planning and Zoning Commission or the village board. Such developments have been built in the 8900 block of Fairview Avenue and Grant Avenue.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,000
Federal
$16,000
Last Updated 06.28.2019
+ 2015 Evanston TOD Parking Regulations Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Evanston $25,000
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the City in determining what changes to the City zoning ordinance should be considered to better reflect the actual supply and demand for parking in TOD areas, and encourage increased transit use by residents and businesses in these areas. Parking requirement alternatives were analyzed for all CTA and Metra station areas in the City of Evanston. The City's goal was to increase the use of transit, balance the supply of parking needs in TOD areas and refine policy that will lead to the elimination of unnecessary parking being constructed in the City. A parking research and best practices report was written to based on TOD parking best practices,recommendations to reduce parking requirements for the City as well as other strategies to reduce the parking demand near transit stations.

Current Activities

A Text Amendment to officially reduce the parking requirements in TOD areas was adopted by City Council in September 2017 and is being applied to new developments in the City's TOD areas.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$5,000
Federal
$20,000
Last Updated 10.24.2018
+ 2015 Forest Park TOD Zoning Code Update (Roosevelt & Harlem) Community Planning TOD Zoning Forest Park $20,000
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the Village with the development of a zoning ordinance overlay for the Harlem Avenue corridor between the Harlem / Lake Green Line CTA station and 16th Street as well as the Roosevelt Road corridor between 1st Avenue and Harlem Avenue. Both corridors have significant Pace and CTA bus service. A form-based zoning code approach was developed to enable the blending of new development and redevelopment for a mix of uses along each corridor and to accommodate and promote walkable, mixed-use development patterns.

Current Activities

The final draft zoning code amendments are complete and are ready for Village Board adoption as revisions into the zoning ordinance. The RTA will monitor progress of adopting the revised zoning code amendments.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,000
Federal
$16,000
Last Updated 06.03.2020
+ 2015 Highwood TOD Zoning Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Highwood $20,000
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the City of Highwood with zoning code revisions that enable
the City to carry out the TOD planning principles envisioned in their TOD plan. The code revisions provides detailed transit supportive zoning standards and design guidelines consistent with model codes in the region, and creates an entitlement environment that encourages transit friendly development.

Current Activities

The zoning code amendments are complete and were adopted by City Council on December 19, 2017. The RTA will continue to monitor success of the amendments.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,000
Federal
$16,000
Last Updated 09.16.2019
+ 2015 Libertyville TOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Libertyville $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project assisted the Village to plan for mixed use development in their core downtown area surrounding the Libertyville Metra station. The plan details the creation of a livable and walkable downtown area that remains architecturally significant and that will contribute to economic development and transit ridership.

Current Activities

The final report was adopted by the Village Board in November 2017. In July 2018 the Village Board approved $1,289,800 to modify the basic downtown Metra station to add restrooms and upgrade the design to what is considered more in keeping with Libertyville's historic character. Station improvements should be completed by early 2019.

In 2021 the renovation of a 116-year old historic building at the southeast corner of Shool street and ilwaukke Avenue, former home to the La Villa Theatre in downtown Libertyville. Plans include eight apartments on the upper two floors and the restoration of the building's original features.

The RTA will monitor the Village's progress to implement the Plan.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$80,000
Local
$20,000
Last Updated 07.23.2021
+ 2015 Mount Prospect Rand Road Corridor Plan Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Mount Prospect $125,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project conducted an update of the Rand Road Corridor Plan, originally completed in 1998. The new plan includes an emphasis on transportation, transit access and land use along the corridor. Recommendations focus on improvements to bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, Pace bus access and suggested intersection designs to create a more multi-modal environment.

Current Activities

The final plan was accepted by the Village Board in February 2017. The RTA will continue to provide implementation support to the Village as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$100,000
Local
$25,000
Last Updated 03.31.2017