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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2015 Pace Local Transit Planning For Hoffman Estates, Waukegan and Woodridge Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Pace Suburban Bus $150,000
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project funded technical assistance to Pace to enable them to conduct the following studies: The Green Bay Road Flexible Transportation Study in Lake County; the Barrington Road / I-90 Hoffman Estates Circulator and Land Use Study; and the Woodridge Park and Ride Transportation Plan.

Current Activities

The Hoffman Estates study recommended transit service alternatives, revised land uses and bicycle / pedestrian improvements. In 2018 Pace launched I-90 Express Bus services to the new Barrington Road Station as well as the new Route 612, Barrington Road Cirulator in Hoffman Estates.

In 2021 the former AT&T campus in Hoffman Estates opened as Metroburb, a new mixed-use district featuring office, retail and residential accommodationsin close proximity to the Barrington Station. The Woodridge study recommends the area around I-355 and 75th as the preferred location for an I-55 Bus on Shoulder park-n-ride facility. At this location, the Centerpointe of Woodridge is the preferred site due to its proximity near this interchange and site factors that support the development of park-n-ride service. Additionally, this site also has the potential to also serve as a remote park-n-ride facility with connecting service to Metra BNSF stations. Since completion of the Plan Pace has been evaluating the capacity/equipment/garage constraints of I-55 service as it related to a new Woodridge Park and Ride, as well as future development of the Bus on Shoulder corridor. The Green Bay Road final report was completed and delivered in December 2016.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$30,000
Federal
$120,000
Last Updated 03.03.2021
+ 2015 Pace North Avenue Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Pace Suburban Bus $200,000
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project funded technical assistance to Pace to conduct a corridor study of North Avenue between Harlem Avenue and York Road. This study aligned with the goals and objectives of the Pace Vision 20/20 plan as well as addressed regional concerns expressed in the CMAP GOTO 2040 plan. Recommendations include providing improved access to current Pace and CTA bus services, providing improved connections for people walking and biking, transportation and land-used tactics to improve the corridor for future Pace Pulse service, and some redevelopment concepts for two sites with redevelopment opportunity along the corridor.

Current Activities

This study was completed in June 2017 and Pace staff has begun to determine which of the recommendations to consider first for implementation.

In 2019 the Village of Melrose Park acquired and incorporated into it's jurisdiction the former Maywood Race Track, as recommended in the plan. In April 2019, reports confirmed that the 42-acre site will be developed into a three-building, 623,000-square-foot industrial and retail project, that will be called the Chariot Logistics Center.

In June 2019 the Chicago Plan Commission approved the redevelopment of the former Sears site at Harlem Ave, as recommended by the plan. Development plans include a five-story complex with 161 residential units, a grocery store, health club, and 462 parking spaces. At nearby 7141 W. Wabansia Avenue, a new four-story development with 152 units and 177 parking spaces is also planned.

RTA staff will continue to monitor for implementation activity of this study.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
Local
$40,000
Federal
$160,000
Last Updated 07.28.2021
+ 2015 Palatine TOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Palatine $99,993
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project assisted the Village with creating a TOD Plan for the downtown area that will serves as an update to the Village 2004 Downtown Land Use Guide. This plan built upon already completed development and redevelopment in the downtown area in the 1990's and early 2000's. This Plan is a refined vision for remaining pocket areas that have potential for redevelopment and focuses on fringe areas where high-density, TOD development transitions back into more traditional, low-density land uses.

Current Activities

The final TOD Plan was adopted by the Village Board on November 14, 2016 and the Village is assessing initial implementation steps it could take. In September 2018, 'Stone Garden' Single Family Homes completed construction near the Palatine Metra Station.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$79,994
Local
$19,999
Last Updated 11.19.2020
+ 2015 River Grove Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel River Grove $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project assisted the Village with implementation efforts as recommended in their recently adopted TOD plan that was funded through the Community Planning program. A developer panel was conducted with the goal of assisting the Village with several redevelopment sites identified in the plan. Future redevelopment of these sites will capitalize on the proximity to exiting transit facilities as well as help strengthen the vitality of downtown River Grove.

Current Activities

The discussion panel was held on November 18, 2015. The final summary report is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 04.03.2017
+ 2015 Skokie Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Skokie $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

RTA worked with ULI and the Village to coordinate a developer panel to determine a practical approach to creating a financially-feasible, transit-supportive neighborhood of mixed-use commercial and residential development. The project focused will be along the corridors adjacent to the Oakton-Skokie CTA Station and the neighboring high-density multifamily residential neighborhoods. This effort is intended to support the new CTA station, CTA and Pace Suburban Bus services, and the neighborhood's commercial areas.

Current Activities

This discussion was held on July 10th and a summary of this discussion can be found below in the Study Documents.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 11.30.2015
+ 2015 West Chicago Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel West Chicago $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project assisted the City with a developer panel to review the City's existing CBD area plans, analyze the CBD for prospective development, and make recommendations for the City's future efforts to market and enhance the Downtown area. Future enhancements to the CBD will support mass transit with new development and redevelopment in the Main Street Corridor and West Washington Street Area.

Current Activities

The Developer Discussion panel took place on October 21, 2015. The Summary Report is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 04.03.2017
+ 2015 Worth TOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Worth $74,830
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project assisted the Village in the creation of a TOD Plan for the area surrounding the Worth Metra station, as recommended by the CMAP Planning Priorities report completed for the Village. The Plan provides a focus on residential and commercial redevelopment near the Metra station along Depot Street, 111th Street and Harlem Avenue. The Plan recommendations create a vision for a Village in developing a downtown area. The desire is to facilitate and sustain future development that would expand opportunities for the residents and business owners, while also increasing ridership for Metra and Pace commuters.

Current Activities

The Worth TOD Plan was completed in August 2016 and adopted by the Village Board as an amendment to the Village Comprehensive Plan on December 6, 2016.

Six new townhomes on Crandall and 5 townhomes on 110th, all within two blocks of the Metra station, have been approved by the Village and constructed in 2018. A key opportunity parcel identified in the plan at 111th and Depot street has been redeveloped into new retail space.

The RTA will continue to monitor implementation activity and will provided assistance as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$19,955
Local
$14,966
Federal
$39,909
Last Updated 10.30.2018
+ 2014 Bellwood Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Bellwood $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to the Village to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment along St. Charles Road near the Bellwood Metra station.

Current Activities

This Discussion Panel took place on November 17, 2014 and a summary report of this discussion can be found below in the Study Documents.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 11.30.2015
+ 2014 Forest Park Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Forest Park $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to the Village to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment along the Harlem Avenue corridor between the Green and Blue Line CTA stations.

Current Activities

The discussion took place on November 25th and the summary report can be found in the Study Documents section.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 11.30.2015
+ 2014 Fox Lake Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Fox Lake $3,000
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA coordinated with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to bring in a panel of development experts to provide guidance and advice on ways the community can attract TOD investment in their Metra station area.

Current Activities

The Panel convened on February 10. 2015. A summary of this discussion can be found below in the Study Documents section.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,000
Last Updated 07.01.2019