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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2013 University Park Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel University Park $3,500
  • 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

This panel convened in March 2014. A summary of the discussion can be found in the Study Documents section below. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 06.22.2015
+ 2013 Villa Park Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Villa Park $3,750
  • 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

This panel convened in November 2013 and a summary report can be found in the Study Documents below. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,750
Last Updated 10.04.2017
+ 2013 Winthrop Harbor TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Winthrop Harbor $21,666
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

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Description

The Village was chosen as part of the 2012 RTA Community Planning Program for assistance revising their zoning code in the TOD area.

Current Activities

This project began in April 2013 and new TOD area zoning regulations were adopted in May 2014. The adopted regulations can be found here.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,334
Federal
$17,332
Last Updated 10.04.2017
+ 2012 Bensenville Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Bensenville $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

The RTA chose Bensenville 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 Village as they work to attract TOD investment in their Metra station area.

Current Activities

This panel convened in September 2012 and a summary of this discussion can be found to the right under Related Reports. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 07.28.2021
+ 2012 Buffalo Grove TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Buffalo Grove $21,666
  • RTA
  • Federal
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

Buffalo Grove was chosen as part of the 2011 RTA Community Planning Program of Projects to create zoning guidelines for both the Buffalo Grove and Prairie View station areas to encourage transit-supportive development.

Current Activities

Updated regulations & design guidelines for both station areas were completed in August 2012. The RTA continues to track development progress in both station areas and to offer implementation assistance when appropriate.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,334
Federal
$17,332
Last Updated 06.30.2016
+ 2012 Cicero Connections Initiative Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Cicero $148,129
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project created a transit-oriented development and transit improvement plan, focusing on the Town's Metra station, two CTA stations (Cicero and 54th / Cermak) and eleven Pace and CTA bus routes. The plan provides recommendations to improve mobility and connections between transit services, stimulate TOD investment in the Town's transit station areas, and connect dense housing areas with transit, walkable commercial development and job centers.

Current Activities

The Plan was adopted by the Town Board on November 11, 2014. The Town has initiated some implementation efforts by securing technical assistance in 2018 from the RTA to amend the Town Zoning ordinance. 

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$118,503
Local
$29,626
Last Updated 07.28.2021
+ 2012 Evanston Main Street Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Evanston $125,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project created a transit-oriented development plan for the City's Main Street Metra and CTA stations. The plan evaluated ways to introduce high-quality office and technology space into the station area and improve connections between the two stations.

Current Activities

The Main Street TOD Plan was adopted by the Evanston City Council on July 9, 2014. A nine-story mixed-use development at Chicago Avenue and Main Street that includes 112 apartment units above ground floor retail and second floor office and amenity space opened in fall of 2016. In 2017 the RTA assisted the City to create a TOD Parking Policy for areas surrounding this and other rail stations throughout the City. In 2018 the RTA awarded funds to install new bike racks at the Main Street Station via the RTA's Access to Transit Program.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$100,000
Local
$25,000
Last Updated 06.03.2020
+ 2012 Fox Lake Station Area Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Fox Lake $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Related Reports

Other Resources

Description

This project created a transit-oriented development plan for the Metra station area located in the Village's downtown. The Village plans to provide recommendations to improve walkability and improve streetscaping, redevelop vacant and underutilized land, promote the Village as a tourist destination and encourage the use of Metra.

Current Activities

The Village Board formally adopted the Plan on August 13, 2013. To continue support of the Village's TOD efforts, the RTA selected the Village as part of the 2014 Community Planning Program of Projects for a Developer Discussion Panel. The Panel convened on February 10, 2015 and a summary of this discussion can be found on the Fox Lake Developer Discussion Panel RTAMS page.

In September of 2017 the Village Board designated the Fox Lake station area as a Business District, where an additional 1% sales tax will be applied to generate revenue for promoting redevelopment and constructing public infrastructure.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$80,000
Local
$20,000
Last Updated 07.01.2019
+ 2012 Franklin Park Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Franklin Park $3,500
  • 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

This panel convened in July 2012 and a summary of this discussion can be found below in the Study Documents. The RTA is monitoring progress and will offer assistance with implementation as needed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500
Last Updated 11.30.2015
+ 2012 Kenilworth Corridor Transportation and Streetscape Plan Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Kenilworth $74,999
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

PROJECT DETAILS

Description

This project developed a transportation and streetscape plan for the Green Bay Road corridor, which includes the Metra station and a Pace bus route. The plan provides recommendations for a balanced, multi-modal corridor that ensures the safe and efficient movement of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, with improved access to both the Metra station and Pace service.

Current Activities

The draft final plan was presented to and accepted by the Village Board on October 21, 2013. The RTA continues to work with the Village on implementation activities. The current focus is on pedestrian access improvements.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$59,999
Local
$15,000
Last Updated 09.25.2014