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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2015 Passenger Information: Signs and Announcements Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $2,725,800
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Funding will allow for more timely information on arriving trains and allow for improvements including digital LCD displays and automated announcements. The displays could show train(s) arriving in the station, estimated time of arrival, stops made by the train, and any service alerts that may influence service. The screens would be connected to a server via a direct network that could push e-alerts, real time tracker information, advertising and other information to the screens to inform Metra customers.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $2,725,800

Current Activities

The project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$2,725,800
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Rock Island Line Enhancement Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Operating Metra $819,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

The proposed schedule will separate the Beverly Branch from Main Line service on both Saturday and Sunday as is currently done in peak periods, saving sixteen minutes for a ride from LaSalle Street to Joliet. Funding will provide improved service to special events and fast growing non-work travel markets.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $819,000

Current Activities

The project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$819,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Software and Hardware Enhancements Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $6,609,893
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

This funding will provide for several software and hardware enhancements, which will improve efficiency to the Transit Operations Planning system (TOPS). TOPS is a CTA enterprise system that will automate and integrate CTA's business processes related to Bus and Rail operations and Maintenance. This will eliminate the 27 year-old DOS-based systems (FAST) into a single centralized application. In addition, upgrades are required for the Materials Management Information System (MMIS), which is CTA's work order system that tracks warranty information among other fleet details. MMIS has 14 interfaces connecting to Oracle Inventory, Purchasing, and Human Resources, as well as Bus Emergency Communication Systems and the Service Request tool program. The current software, version 6.13, is beyond its expected service life and needs to be upgraded to version 13. Also, the current Oracle ERP system used for Financial, Human Resources and Payroll management among 17 other modules requires critical upgrading. This system is currently on version 11.5.10.2, which will not be supported by Oracle past December 2015. CTA needs to upgrade these Oracle systems in 2015 to avoid significant disruptions to CTA business.

Funding:
ICE 2012: $906,693
ICE 2015: $5,703,200

Current Activities

In Progress

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$6,609,893
Last Updated 11.13.2018
+ 2015 Ventra Base Component Fee Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $1,200,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

When Pace entered into the agreement with CTA and Cubic to develop and install the Ventra System for Pace it was determined that a significant portion of the development costs for Pace participation would be amortized over the 10 year life of the project. This cost known as the "base component fee" amounts to $100,360 per month for the 10 year period.

ICE Funding will be used to pay the monthly base component fee for the first two years of project inclusion in the ICE program as they will support the development of innovative new technologies that enhance the customer experience while improving the coordination of services between the service boards.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $1,200,000

Current Activities

The project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,200,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Ventra Implementation Improvements Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $2,378,400
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

Funds will be used for the development and deployment of the Ventra Mobile Application and to provide improvements to the Ventra system such as the Express Menu on Ventra vending machines. The mobile application, for use on smartphones, will enhance the customer experience by providing an application to manage Ventra accounts, purchase fare products, receive account alerts, gain scheduling and trip planning information, interact with customer service and purchase tickets. In addition, the Express Menu on Ventra vending machines will allow customers to quickly purchase a Single-ride ticket or Pass products.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $2,378,400

Current Activities

Project is underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$2,378,400
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Ventra Vending Machines Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $810,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

The project will use funds to acquire and install 12 Ventra Vending machines at high volume transfer and boarding locations throughout our service area. Units will be placed in locations such as Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan as well as Harvey, Chicago Heights, Golf Mill, Des Plaines and other Cook County locations.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $810,000

Current Activities

The project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$810,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2015 Video Enhancement for Bus and Rail Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $8,007,280
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

The project will provide funding for implementation systems for automated downloads of camera information at rail terminals, yards and bus garages. Automated downloads will provide better access to camera data without manual downloading (as is currently done) on an as-needed basis. Project costs will provide for hardware, software, site design, implementation and wireless network connections at terminals, yards and garages to facilitate the automated downloads.

Funding:
2015 ICE: $8,007,280

Current Activities

The project is currently underway.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$8,007,280
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2013 120V AC Outlets for Passenger Use Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $900,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

Metra customers are increasingly using portable electronic devices including handheld computers, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, and many other devices that require charging. Metra has begun the roll out of installation of 120V AC outlets on some passenger cars already undergoing rehabilitation. This project would extend that installation to an additional 300 passenger cars. This would also allow for the uninterrupted use of such devices and their applications (such as Metra Mobile, potential future WIFI, and potential future mobile ticketing).

Funding:
2010 ICE: $720,000

Current Activities

Metra is in process of installing 120V AC Outlets in rail cars as they are refurbished.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$720,000
Local
$180,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2013 Market Development Activities Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) $1,000,000
  • RTA
In Progress

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Description

The RTA Planning and Market Development Department recently re-oriented its activities to focus on key markets, including but not limited to reverse commute, older adults, and occasional riders. ICE funding will be directed toward key initiatives to be identified in the Department's 2014 work plan.

Funding:
2012 ICE: $1,000,000

Current Activities

Following RTA Board adoption of ICE funding in December 2013, the RTA, CTA, Pace, and Metra developed four Market Development projects. 1) The RTA will reserve $500,000 in ICE funds to help support the engineering and implementation of real time signage in support of the CDOT Central Loop BRT project. These funds could be used for real time signage directing customers from Union Station or Ogilvie Transportation Center to bus boarding locations along the planned BRT corridors (Washington, Madison, Clinton, and Canal) or at any of the eight proposed BRT stations in the loop. 2) The RTA is currently working to establish a Special Events Service Fund for use by the Service Boards to serve the occasional riders market. A total of $275,000 in ICE funds ($550,000 total) would be available for services, marketing, and other associated costs for service to/from Special Events within the region. The Service Boards would provide a 50% local match for each service. 3) $125,000 in ICE funds will be provided for a two-year service demonstration of a reverse commute bus service to augment MD-N Metra service. The new ¿MD-N Sunrise Express¿ bus service would pick up passengers at Western and at Chicago Union Station (the two strongest Shuttle Bug ridership stations in the Chicago market segment) and then operate express via the Edens Expressway to Lake Cook Road. The bus would arrive at the Lake Cook Road station in time to continue its currently scheduled Shuttle Bug trip. Passengers would either stay on the bus or transfer to another Shuttle Bug route to complete their trip. 4) The RTA defines Mobility Management as the practice of educating customers on the availability of regional transportation options and assisting customers in choosing the option(s) that best meet their travel needs. Two projects are proposed; a Train-the-Trainer Video Series and an Older Adults Group Transit Travel Program. ICE funds in the amount of $100,000 will be used as a local match for an RTA-sponsored Section 5310 application ($400,000 Federal for a total project cost of $500,000). If the 5310 application is not awarded through the required competitive project selection process, the RTA would scale back the overall project cost appropriately.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,000,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2013 Regional Fare Solution Technologies Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $1,800,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

In 2012, Metra staff formed an internal Working Group and established a timeline for the implementation of a Regional Fare Solution required by legislation adopted in 2008 (Illinois Public Act 097-0085). This project will allow Metra to implement fare solution technologies.

Funding:
2010 ICE: $1,440,000

Current Activities

In progress.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,440,000
Local
$360,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018