Planning Programs and Projects

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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ Des Plaines TOD Developer Dialogue - Lee and Oakton Community Planning Developer Panel Des Plaines $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA provided assistance to the City of Des Plaines in soliciting guidance and advice from development experts through a half-day discussion panel. This panel discussed the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for and attract development to specific parcels near the the intersection of Lee and Oakton Streets, adjacent to Pace Route 250 and future stations for the Pace Pulse Dempster Line. The goal of the developer discussion was to provide direct insight to local public officials and landowners on the current market for development within the study area and ways in which the City can attract reinvestment adjacent to transit stations.

Current Activities

The Des Plaines Developer Dialogue event took place on June 2, with Pace and Metra staff in attendance. The final report is available under "Related Reports."

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 01.03.2024

+ Equiticity - Bronzeville Mobility Hub Community Planning Mobility Hub Equiticity $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA is supporting Equiticity, an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), with advancing development of a community mobility center in Bronzeville, near the 51st Street Green Line station. The RTA will assist with identifying community perceptions of existing public transit; with understanding transportation’s impact on environment & personal wellbeing; with gauging the receptivity to climate-friendly mobility modes, gauging the demand for shared bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters & e-vehicles, and with obtaining feedback on design and implementation of the hub and its services. 

Current Activities

This project is in active procurement, with an expected contract award in spring 2024. 

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $95,000
Local $5,000

Last Updated 02.05.2024

+ Geneva Financing District Community Planning TOD Funding District Geneva $40,000
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Description

The RTA is assisting the City of Geneva with establishing a special financing district to implement recommendations contained in the Downtown Station-Area Master Plan. An existing Special Service Area (SSA) is in place but set to expire in 2023. The RTA will assist the City to determine whether to extend and expand the scope of the SSA and/or create a different funding source, funding generated from which would work to implement plan recommendations.

Current Activities

The RTA and City of Geneva staff have completed work to develop project goals and a scope of tasks. The project is now in procurement to find a preferred consultant.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $40,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Joliet Downtown ETOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Joliet $140,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA will assist the City of Joliet to develop an ETOD plan for areas of downtown adjacent to the Joliet Gateway Center, a hub for Amtrak, Metra and Pace services. The goals of the ETOD plan are to create equitable housing opportunities adjacent to public transportation that are not currently available in the downtown; increase ridership on existing public transportation routes; spur new investment in the adjacent neighborhood, including underutilized commercial buildings on Washington Street; utilize existing city-owned parking lots for shared parking opportunities; transition publicly owned land into the private sector to generate property tax revenues; and increase and stabilize property values in the immediate area.

Current Activities

The RTA has secured consultant assistance to lead the work of the Joliet Downtown eTOD Plan. A Steering Committee kickoff is being scheduled and initial work on existing conditions will follow.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $119,750
Local $20,250

Last Updated 02.12.2024

+ Riverdale Mobility and TOD Plan Community Planning Transit Oriented Development Plan - Mobility Management Riverdale $165,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

Description

The RTA will assist the Village of Riverdale to complete a Mobility Improvement and TOD Action Plan in transit served areas of the Village. The study area includes the 138th Street corridor, Riverdale and Ivanhoe Metra Station areas, S. Halsted Street and S. Indiana Ave. The planning efforts will also incorporate special considerations for current ADA specific infrastructure needs and outline funding opportunities the Village can pursue. The goals for this study include creating specific steps to improve access to all modes of transit within the Village, enhancing safety for residents of all abilities, identifying transit-oriented development opportunities, and creating a guide to secure implementation funding for the Village.

Current Activities

RTA staff are preparing to begin the procurement process to secure consultant services.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $157,500
Local $7,500

Last Updated 02.05.2024

+ University Park Special Financing District Community Planning TOD Funding District University Park $40,000
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports
Description

The RTA will provide assistance to the Village of University Park with identifying a financial strategy to implement the recommendations contained in their newly completed TOD Plan. The RTA will assist the Village with analyzing the plan recommendations, reviewing funding and financing options to spur investment, and recommend a financial strategy that will position the Village for future development at the University Park Metra station.

Current Activities

The RTA and University Park staff have completed work to develop project goals and a scope of tasks. The project is now in procurement to find a preferred consultant.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $40,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Cary TOD Developer Dialogue Community Planning Developer Panel Cary $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA provided assistance to the Village in soliciting guidance and advice from development experts through a half-day discussion panel. This panel discussed the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for and attract development to specific parcels near the Cary Metra station. The Final Report is attached.

Current Activities

RTA staff has developed a final report and delivered it to the Village of Cary.  This project is complete.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 04.28.2023

+ Cicero TOD Developer Dialogue Community Planning Developer Panel Cicero $3,500
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Description

The RTA convened a half-day Developer Discussion Panel in July 2022 to solicit guidance and advice from development experts regarding a collection of Town-owned parcels near the Cicero Metra station on the UP-West line. This panel discussed the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for, and attract development to, these parcels.

Current Activities

The Developer Discussion Panel was held in Cicero on July 19. The report of recommendations was published in October 2022 and is available under "Related Reports."

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 05.19.2023

+ La Grange TOD Plan Update Community Planning TOD Plan Update La Grange $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Description

The RTA is assisting the Village of La Grange to update their current transit-oriented development plan adopted in 2005. By updating this plan, the Village seeks to address current construction market dynamics,  changes in the retail industry, and changing commuting habits to poise the community to take advantage of future redevelopment opportunities. In particular, the Village seeks to invite redevelopment on the West End, which has seen no new development since 2005.  The proposed study area encompasses the Central Business District of La Grange, the West End Business District, and other properties within less than one quarter mile from each Metra Station in La Grange. 

Current Activities

Goals and Objectives for the Village were finalized at the January meeting of the Steering Committee. The planning team is now working towards drafting recommendations. More information and engagement opportunities can be found on the project website lagrangeforward.org.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $80,000
Local $20,000

Last Updated 02.12.2024

+ Homewood Downtown TOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Homewood $131,085
  • RTA
  • Local
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA is assisting the Village of Homewood to prepare a transit-oriented development plan for downtown Homewood and areas surrounding the Homewood Metra and Amtrak station. Leveraging the ongoing station renovations, the goals of the planning study include identifying strategies to attract investment and development, retaining existing character/historic preservation, and increasing access to transit services in the downtown. With a locally-driven planning vision, the Village hopes to continue to foster Downtown population growth, identify new uses for vacant buildings, increase transit ridership, and increase the number of people visiting and spending time in Downtown Homewood. 

Current Activities

Work on the project began in April 2023, beginning with Steering Committee and consultant team kick-off meetings and the development of an existing conditions analysis. The project team completed a series of public engagement events in June and July to gather input from residents and stakeholders and inform the Plan’s preliminary recommendations. The project team then developed an Existing Conditions Report and prepared initial recommendations for Village staff review and consideration. Currently, the project team is developing a full draft plan for Village staff and Steering Committee review. This project is anticipated to be complete by summer 2024.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $111,422
Local $19,663

Last Updated 02.05.2024