Planning Programs and Projects

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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ Maywood TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Maywood $30,000
  • RTA
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports
Description

The RTA is assisting the Village of Maywood to amend the Village’s Zoning Code in the downtown area as recommended in the Maywood TOD Plan Update, completed through the RTA’s Community Planning program in 2020. Code updates will foster the type of development envisioned in the plan, address current parking in downtown Maywood, and respond to the historic nature of the area. The project’s focus area includes Lake Street and 5th Avenue.

Current Activities

This project began in 2023 with a series of community engagement events to gather input from the public on potential amendments. These included stakeholder interviews, a public open house, and an elected/appointed officials roundtable discussion with the Maywood Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals. Based on Village staff review of initial recommendations, the project team developed draft zoning amendments for Village consideration. Village staff and relevant committees are currently reviewing the draft amendments. The draft amendments will be refined during spring 2024, with anticipated adoption in the summer.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $30,000

Last Updated 04.29.2024

+ Robbins TOD Zoning Code Update Community Planning TOD Zoning Robbins $40,000
  • RTA
In Progress

Project Details

Description

The RTA is assisting the Village with updating the zoning code in the southeast portion of the Village, from South Claire Boulevard to the Robbins Metra station. Code updates will allow the Village to realize the type of development envisioned in the Robbins TOD and Industrial Areas Plan, completed with support from the RTA and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Current Activities

The project kicked off in January 2024 with an analysis of the Village's existing zoning regulations for Village staff review. The project team is currently developing draft zoning code amendments for review and consideration by Village staff.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $40,000

Last Updated 04.29.2024

+ Aurora Transportation Center Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Aurora $995,283
  • RTA
  • Local
  • Federal
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project will create various pedestrian and access improvements to and around the Aurora Transportation Center including entrance modifications at the intersection of Spring Street and the creation of a Kiss and Ride area for passenger drop off. Other improvements include the installation of real time message boards on the platform to indicate train departure/arrival time and track location, installation of bike shelters on the east side of the Metra tracks and at the existing bike racks located along the west side of the platform, and installation of decorative monument signs at the Spring Street and Broadway Avenue entrances. Finally, four commuter transit shelters with heaters will be installed on the platforms and bike lanes along Spring Street, running east and west will be installed to improve access for people using bicycles to access the station.

Current Activities

Last quarter Aurora completed the punchlist items. The shelter lighting is the only outstanding item to complete the job. Lighting expected to be delivered in mid-April.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $99,528
Local $99,528
Federal $796,227

Last Updated 03.29.2024

+ Calumet Park Ashland Metra Station Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Calumet Park $329,291
  • RTA
  • Federal
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project will include the construction of approximately 2,050 linear feet of new and improved sidewalks, two new pedestrian crosswalks, and a covered bike shelter at the Ashland Metra Station.

Current Activities

After a period of delays, the Phase II engineering has resumed.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $65,858
Federal $263,433

Last Updated 11.19.2023

+ Calumet Park TOD Developer Discussion Panel Community Planning Developer Panel Calumet Park $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA convened a Developer Discussion Panel to assist the Village's efforts to attract transit- oriented development (TOD) at a vacant ~6-acre site located directly adjacent to the Metra Electric Ashland Avenue station. The Village will benefit from developer expertise on how to attract and consider development proposals that optimize the neighboring transit asset and align with local and regional goals.

Current Activities

The panel of development experts met in June 2021 for the 1/2 day workshop with the Village. The report of recommendations was published in September 2021 and is available under "Related Reports".

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 01.19.2023

+ Chicago Auburn Gresham 79th Street Corridor Plan Community Planning Corridor Planning Chicago $134,990
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA is assisting the City of Chicago with an initiative to provide transformative changes along the 79th Street commercial corridor within the Auburn Gresham community areas. A plan will be developed to serve as a guide for future housing, retail and transportation investments in the community.

Current Activities

The draft corridor plan has completed review by the community and the RTA and the City are making final edits to the draft based on comments and feedback.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $128,990
Local $6,000

Last Updated 04.26.2024

+ - Clearbrook - Community Connections for Adults with Disabilities_'20-'21 Section 5310 / JARC / NF Operating Clearbrook $400,000
  • Federal
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

Clearbrook continues to provide transportation services to more than 8,000 children & adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Clients are transported to work, school, day programs, medical appointments, community recreation, and other activities. 

Current Activities

The RTA Board approved funding for this project on August 19, 2021.   The operating service provided 17,041 trips in November 2022.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Federal $200,000
Local $200,000

Last Updated 11.28.2023

+ CTA Bus Priority Zones Plan - Halsted Street Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) $300,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA is assisting the CTA with developing a strategy for bus route enhancements that will address slow zones along CTA Bus Route #8 - Halsted Street. The strategies are being developed in coordination with other transportation analyses along the corridors. The improvements will work to speed bus operations in persistent congested areas and accommodate expected growth in the North Branch area with improved transit service.

Current Activities

The team has identified nine slow zones along CTA Route 8, Halsted and is now prioritizing future improvements based on feedback from the Federal Transit Administration as well as roadway jurisdictional agencies.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $150,000
Local $150,000

Last Updated 04.26.2024

+ - CTF Illinois Transportation Services for People with Disabilities_'20-'21 Section 5310 / JARC / NF Operating CTF Illinois $200,000
  • Federal
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

CTF Illinois provides transportation support to children and adults with diverse disabilities.  The door-to-door transportation services are vital to allow persons enrolled at CTF greater access to their daily supports including vocational, community employment, educational, fine arts, and advocacy.  This award includes funding for GPS fleet tracking devices to provide precise travel data.

Current Activities

CTF Illinois has decided not to move forward with this project. Funds from this award will be reprogrammed to another subrecipient.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Federal $5,276
Local $1,319

Last Updated 11.28.2023

+ DuPage County Mobility Plan Community Planning Transit Improvement Plan DuPage County $94,876
  • RTA
  • Local
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA assisted the DuPage County Department of Transportation to develop its first county-wide mobility framework plan. The plan offers a muti-modal analysis of the County’s existing transportation network and presents a framework of themes, goals, and strategies that the County can use to improve the connectivity and convenience of transit, pedestrian, and bicycle networks. Some of the goals contained in the plan include responding to the changing transportation market and addressing the needs of employers and residents in the County to attract and retain employees and residents.

Current Activities

Work on this project began in 2021 with existing conditions analysis and continued through 2023. The Mobility Framework Plan was approved by the DuPage County Board at their meeting on February 13, 2024. The Mobility Framework Plan is available in the "Related Reports" section of this page.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $75,901
Local $18,975

Last Updated 03.26.2024