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Year Project Title Program Project Typesort descending Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ 2009 Dispatching with Mobile Computers and In-Vehicle Technology Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Rich Township $183,694
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project will deploy scheduling software in combination with a Global Positioning System (GPS) allowing for better trip coordination of Rich Township's dial-a-ride services.

Funding:
2008 ICE: $139,694

Current Activities

Rich Township completed the installation of scheduling software and hardware. The full system with the Global Positioning System (GPS) component of the project was deployed on April 2, 2011.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$139,694
Local
$44,000
Last Updated 11.08.2018
+ 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 01.18.2023
+ 2012 Paratransit Command Center Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Pace Suburban Bus $340,809
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

Pace will use the ICE funds to develop a Command Center which will utilize technologies to more aggressively monitor/oversee the delivery of services by the twelve different regional ADA/dial-a-ride contract providers. Having this center will give Pace a technological advantage in undertaking additional oversight to improve service and efficiency. Pace also is installing Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technology for trip notifications, web-based technology for trip cancellations and confirmations, and Opti-Run technology to maximize the efficiency of the run structures. Funding: 2011 ICE: $272,647

Current Activities

Project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$272,647
Local
$68,162
Last Updated 01.18.2023
+ 2012 Maintenance Management Information System: Enterprise Asset Management Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $1,241,094
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The MMIS Modules and Upgrade Project entails upgrading the current MMIS software to the latest version, adding additional software modules for electronic document management, standardizing bus and rail maintenance data, and providing a platform for user defined reports. Funding: 2008 ICE: $992,875

Current Activities

In process

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$992,875
Local
$248,219
Last Updated 01.18.2023
+ 2012 Blue Island/Vermont Street Interagency Transfer Improvements Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $2,500,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The Blue Island Vermont Street Station is a hub of interagency transfer activity between Metra, Pace, and CTA. Transit service in this station area is provided by four Pace bus routes (348, 349, 359, and 385) and three Metra lines or branches (Metra Electric Blue Island Branch, Rock Island District Beverly Branch, and Rock Island district Main Line). Improvements to the Blue Island, Vermont Street Interagency Transfer Station would include additional interagency signage at multiple locations, including both Metra stations. Funding: 2010 ICE: $560,000 2012 ICE: $1,440,000

Current Activities

Design work is in review with construction expected to begin in 2019.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$2,000,000
Local
$500,000
Last Updated 01.18.2023
+ 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 01.18.2023
+ 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 01.18.2023
+ 2012 Customer Information Displays Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $2,500,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

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Description

This project will support the CTA's effort to install Digital Customer Information Displays and non-digital customer focused information throughout the system. Digital displays provide real time bus tracker and/or train tracker information as appropriate, system status updates and CTA customer alerts. These are interspersed with paid advertisements, time and weather information. The paid advertisements support the operation of the displays and provide a source of revenue to CTA. Funding: 2010 ICE: $1,080,000 2012 ICE: $920,000

Current Activities

Installation of the information displays began in October 2013. Installation is complete.

DIGITAL PLATFORM DISPLAYS

STATION LINE # OF SCREENS
Loyola Red 1
Jarvis Red 1
Garfield Green 2
Cermak/Chinatown Red 7
Pulaski Green 2
Washington/Wells Loop 7
Merchandise Mart Brown 6

DIGITAL URBAN PANELS

STATION LINE SCREEN COUNT

Chicago Red 2
Grand Red 4
Roosevelt Red 3
Roosevelt Elevated 1
Jackson/Van Buren Blue 4
Chicago/Franklin Brown 4
Clark/Lark Loop 2

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$2,000,000
Local
$500,000
Last Updated 01.18.2023
+ 2012 Maintenance Management Information System: Modules and Upgrade Project Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $2,688,221
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

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Description

The MMIS Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Facilities Project focuses on expanding the existing MMIS to encompass facilities. Facilities management data will seamlessly be integrated with the rolling stock data in CTA's MMIS. This expanded MMIS will support the activities of several CTA Departments. A pilot demonstration will also be included to test the use of a mobile device that will allow work-order information to be updated in the field. Funding: 2008 ICE: $189,349 2011 ICE: $1,961,228

Current Activities

In progress

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$2,150,577
Local
$537,644
Last Updated 01.18.2023
+ 2016 Crew Optimization System Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Capital Metra $500,000
  • RTA
Programmed

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Description

This project is for the purchase of software that uses train schedules to determine the minimum amount of crews members needed to operate service. This software will be used with the new electronic crew calling system that helps Metra better comply with Passenger Hours of Service (PHOS) regulation for hours of service reporting requirements. Funding: 2016 ICE: $500,000

Current Activities

The project is in the planning stage.

Funding Amounts by Source

Source Amount
RTA
$500,000
Last Updated 01.18.2023