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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2016 Reinstating the Ashland and Western Express Routes Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Operating Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $1,091,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Starting in December, the #X9 Ashland Express and #X49 Western Express bus routes will run during the morning and afternoon rush periods. The express service will reduce travel times for passengers on these heavily traveled corridors. Express buses will make stops roughly every half-mile and at all bus and rail transfer points. RTA ICE funds will provide for contributed share of annual service operation costs. The annual costs which include bus operators, fuel, and maintenance are estimated to total from $3 - $3.5 million. When route scheduling is final cost projection will be refined, but with each schedule seasonal labor pick costs will vary to some extent.

Funding:
2016 ICE: $1,091,000

Current Activities

Complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,091,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2016 Software and Hardware Enhancements to Improve Efficiency Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $1,409,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Provide upgrades to CTA applications and/or processes including the following:

Hastus: Update of Planning/Scheduling software application used for planning, operations, customer information, and analysis.

Learning Management System: The project objective is to implement a cloud based learning management system that provides a unified and comprehensive eLearning platform that allows for training registration, approval by management and tracking, with real time reporting.

Funding:
2016 ICE: $1,409,000

Current Activities

The project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,409,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Automated Field IT System Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $3,500,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Funding for this project will provide the engineering field staff with electronic data collection devices for reporting incidents and conditions of the system. It will streamline data collection from paper to electronic.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $3,500,000

Current Activities

This project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$3,500,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Communications Equipment and Outreach Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $317,120
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

Funding for innovative technology communications equipment solutions at transit facilities to expand, improve, and modernize technology systems will be used to communicate with CTA customers and employees in order to improve the quality and delivery of public transportation. Project funds will be used for hardware, software, and implementation of technology systems that support systems including, but not limited to the public address system, train tracker, bus tracker, telephones, security cameras and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA).

Funding:
2015 ICE: $317,120

Current Activities

The project has been completed.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$317,120
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Electronic Crew Calling Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $1,913,356
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Funding will allow for a new electronic crew calling system which will help Metra better comply with Passenger Hours of Service (PHOS) regulation hours of service reporting requirements. would also enable crew members to electronically sign their hours of service logs. In addition, the crew callers will be able to assign jobs based on the entries from the crew members and under the strict guidance of PHOS. The current crew calling system does have PHOS built in, but does not allow for crew members to log their time. The regulation has a set of guidelines that govern the ability for employees to mark up for an assignments based on previous assignments worked. The current employee logs are done on paper, cumbersome, and are more difficult to audit. A new system should allow for assignment alerts and/or not allow employees to be assigned to an assignment that could possibly violate the PHOS regulation.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $1,913,356

Current Activities

This project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,913,356
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Hybrid Fuel Vehicles Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $1,003,419
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

Funding for this project will enable the development of a vehicle replacement program that includes but is not limited to police cars, police SUVS, and other trucks that are used by the Mechanical Department. The less fuel-efficient cars, such as Crown Victoria's and Ford SUVS will be replaced with hybrid models.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $1,003,419

Current Activities

This project is currently complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,003,419
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Metra Special Events Service Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Operating Metra $356,581
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

This project involves adding extra Metra service for Special Events that occur in the City of Chicago such as the St. Patrick¿s Day Parade, the Air and Water Show, the Magnificent Mile Festival of Light, etc.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $356,581

Current Activities

This project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$356,581
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Mobile Application Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $4,371,936
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Funding for this project includes but is not limited to the implementation, launch and improvement of mobile applications on the Metra system. This project may include the purchase of conductor handheld devices, as well as training. All testing will be included in this project. It will include but not be limited to on-board credit card sales and testing of printers at home, as well as other types of app testing.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $883,136
2011 ICE: $316,600
2015 ICE: $3,175,200

Current Activities

This project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$4,371,936
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Mobile Application Development Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $300,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Funding represents Pace's share of the project being undertaken jointly with CTA, Metra and Cubic to develop a mobile application. This project covers cost for development and will allow customers to manage their Ventra Accounts, purchase Ventra fare products, receive account alerts and information as well as gain scheduling and trip planning information.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $300,000

Current Activities

The project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$300,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Pace Service Enhancements 2015 Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Operating Pace Suburban Bus $2,133,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

Funds directed for these service enhancements involve over 14 routes that improve coordination, schedule adherence and on-time performance.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $2,133,000

Current Activities

Complete

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$2,133,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018