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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2012 Real Time Interface for Train Tracker Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $80,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

The Metra real time train tracker will consist of several updates to the current browser and mobile web sites. The updates include the addition of location derived train times displayed to the end users.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $64,000

Current Activities

Metra's train tracker system was deployed in July 2012.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$64,000
Local
$16,000
Last Updated 11.13.2018
+ 2012 Real Time Link to Schedules and Next Bus Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $75,699
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project will develop and use Quick Response (QR) codes to link to schedules and next bus information. This location specific information will provide real-time schedule and next bus information to customers via smartphones.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $60,559

Current Activities

The project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$60,559
Local
$15,140
Last Updated 11.13.2018
+ 2012 Real Time Signage Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $2,563,000
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

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Description

This project includes the purchase and installation of real-time next-bus signs for shelters and transit centers in Pace's service area. The project will have interagency real time information on signs located at stops that serve CTA and/or Metra customers.

Funding:
2010 ICE: $640,000
2012 ICE: $640,000

Current Activities

Installation is in progress throughout the system.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,280,000
Local
$320,000
Federal
$963,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2012 Regional Transit Fare System Program Management and Systems Integration Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $2,000,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

This project will allow Metra to select a fare systems management expert to serve in a program management oversight and systems integrator role. This expert would have a strong background in implementing other transit fare technologies and/or systems at various transit peer agencies, relationships with the banking industry, and expertise in the various technologies that Metra is considering.

Funding:
2012 ICE: $1,600,000

Current Activities

Metra is currently evaluating fare system options. The scope for this project will be refined as Metra evaluates fare collection options.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,600,000
Local
$400,000
Last Updated 11.13.2018
+ 2012 Train Station Customer Upgrades Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $1,279,625
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This first-phase project will implement a master plan to wire all train stations to support customer-facing upgrades such as train tracker and new PA systems.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $1,023,700

Current Activities

Design/engineering was initiated in June 2013 for the project. The project is now complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,023,700
Local
$255,925
Last Updated 11.13.2018
+ 2012 Visual Information System (VIS) Installation Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $864,891
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The Visual Information System (VIS) is an electronic visual sign system located centrally at the station platform that provides current information about our train service. The VIS system helps Metra stations become more ADA compliant by providing visual information of announcements, train delays, and other information that are helpful to our to our hearing and non-hearing impaired-commuters. Currently, Metra has 80 stations that do not have VIS systems.

Funding:
2011 ICE: $691,913

Current Activities

The project is in progress.

The stations where these signs will be added may include, but are not limited to:

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UPW Maywood Station
Melrose Park Station
Bellwood Station
Cumberland Station

UPN Ravinia Station
Winthrop Harbor Station

MWD Round Lake Station
Long Lake Station

BNSF Riverside Station
Hollywood Station
Brookfield Station
Hinsdale Station
West Hinsdale Station
Clarendon Hills Station

MED McCormick Place Station
51st Street / 53rd Street / Hyde Park Station RID:
95th Street / Longwood Station
Beverly Branch 115th Street / Morgan Park Station
Beverly Branch 119th Street - Beverly Branch

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$691,913
Local
$172,978
Last Updated 11.13.2018
+ 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Transit Signal Priority Demonstration Project Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $317,929
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

This project will test the integration of transit signal priority technology that will allow CTA and Pace buses to interact with multiple types of traffic signal systems located on the same arterial.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $254,343

Current Activities

In progress

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$254,343
Local
$63,586
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2009 Automatic Bay Reading System (ABRS) for Bus Garages Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $1,600,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags to locate and track buses in garages. Track pull-outs, pull-ins, download/upload fare revenue data (hot list) and maintenance data, locates vehicles in-house.

Funding:
2018 ICE: $1,280,000

Current Activities

Installation of the system has been completed at all CTA garages.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$1,280,000
Local
$320,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2009 Bike-Transit Integration at Chicago CTA and Metra Stations Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago DOT $235,878
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

Sheltered bike parking at up to five CTA and five Metra stations.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $188,702

Current Activities

In May 2012 CDOT completed the installation of bicycle facilities at CTA's Red Line 95th Street, Orange Line Western Avenue, the Red Line Loyola station and the Red Line Howard Street station and Metra's Clybourn Union Pacific Northwest Line station and the Metra Electric District 55th, 56th-57th stations.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$188,702
Local
$47,176
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 2009 CTA Operations Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Operating Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $5,000,000
  • RTA
Completed

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Description

CTA Operations Assistance

Funding:
ICE 2009: $5,000,000

Current Activities

Complete

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$5,000,000
Last Updated 11.13.2018