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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ Bellwood Metra Station Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Bellwood $150,998
  • Federal
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project funds phase II engineering and construction to remove and replace curb ramps and blended sidewalk areas to comply with ADA standards in 21 locations within the Village. Improvements will consist of removing and replacing sidewalks, curb ramps and curbs, adjusting frames/grates to meet final grade, Hot-mix asphalt pavement patching will be utilized to restore pavement areas. Thermoplastic pavement marking and landscape restoration shall also occur as part of this improvement. Locations selected focus on those areas traveled by residents to access the Metra Bellwood station and Pace bus stops within the Village.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Federal $120,798

Last Updated 01.03.2024

+ Berkeley Pace Route Access Improvements Phase II and Construction Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Berkeley $1,000,000
  • Federal
  • RTA
In Progress

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

This project funds Phase II engineering and construction of sidewalk network improvements that will provide access from residential neighborhoods south of St. Charles Road to Pace Bus Route 313. Work will be completed for sidewalk gaps along Lee Boulevard, Morris Avenue, Rohde Avenue, Spencer Avenue, and Jerele Boulevard.

Current Activities

Phase II engineering is currently underway. Final plans are expected to go to IDOT in June 2024.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Federal $800,000
RTA $100,000

Last Updated 03.29.2024

+ Cary Metra Station Mobility Hub Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Cary $585,513
  • Federal
  • RTA
In Progress

Project Details

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Not Available

Description

The RTA awarded the Village of Cary construction funding to develop the Depot Plaza in downtown Cary, as envisioned in the Cary Downtown Strategic Plan. Improvements will include an open-air plaza with artificial turf, shelter for bicyclists and pedestrians waiting for the McRide bus service, ride sharing, taxis, and outbound Metra service,  modifications to the sidewalk to increase walkability and improve pedestrian safety, built in planters to add color and character, and new benches.

Current Activities

Phase II Engineering Complete. The project was bid in June 2024 and the bids were well above the estimated cost.  The project is proposed to be rebid in January 2025, with the expectation of better timing for construction prices.  Cary is also working on acquiring additional funding for the project.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Federal $468,410
RTA $58,551

Last Updated 07.19.2024

+ Chicago - Archer Avenue Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Chicago $300,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

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Not Available

Description

The Chicago Department of Planning and Development seeks assistance to conduct a corridor study of Archer Avenue, from Halsted to Cicero, to evaluate land use, zoning and development  opportunities with a focus on areas around the CTA Orange Line stations. The City will use the plan to identify key development opportunities along the corridor, align vision for the corridor with land use and zoning recommendations, and create a strategic implementation plan for the Archer Ave corridor. The study team will include the Chicago Department of Transportation to understand opportunities for enhanced pedestrian mobility and safety, bike lanes and mobility hubs, and ways to leverage the CTA public transit assets. The City desires to increase transportation resilience along the corridor as well as identify strategies to attract investment and encourage transit-oriented development in a way that will attract new retail development and jobs while retaining existing  businesses.

Current Activities

The project was awarded in July of 2024 and initial project development tasks are taking place through the rest of 2024, including project scoping. 

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $285,000
Local $15,000

Last Updated 07.16.2024

+ Dempster Street Corridor Study Community Planning Corridor Planning Morton Grove $200,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

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Not Available

Description

The Village of Morton Grove seeks RTA assistance to develop  the Dempster Street Corridor Plan. The study area would travel the length of Dempster Street from Central Avenue on the east to Harlem Ave on the west, within the Village limits. Over the past two decades, major shifts in transportation infrastructure, demographics, the environment, and the economy have affected the established Dempster Street corridor and produced new challenges. An updated Dempster Street Corridor Plan will help Morton Grove respond to those shifts and address emerging issues head-on. The recent addition of Pace’s Pulse bus rapid transit service have improved Dempster Street’s function as an efficient transportation corridor. However, issues related to shallow lot depth, access management, evolving parking needs, and adjacency to established single-family neighborhoods have hindered the corridor’s ability to function as an economic engine for the community. The Corridor Plan is needed to provide a cohesive vision for Dempster Street that identifies parking solutions, leverages and connects transit assets, expands retail and employment-generating development, and identifies complementary opportunities for new housing. The Village desires a new vision for the Dempster Street corridor to encourage reinvestment, support existing and future business, and provide needed services and amenities to the community. In addition, the Village hopes to broaden diversity in housing choices along the corridor, attract investment and development, and better manage parking.

Current Activities

The project was awarded in July of 2024 and initial project development tasks are taking place through the rest of 2024, including project scoping.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $160,000
Local $40,000

Last Updated 07.16.2024

+ Ford Heights Pace Route Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Ford Heights $53,628
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

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Not Available

Description

The RTA has awarded $53,628 to the Village of Ford Heights for Phase I engineering needed to improve the sidewalk network, add concrete pads to select bus stops, and install ADA-compliant crosswalks at key intersections surrounding the Pace Route 357. The bus route runs through the center of the village and forms a loop around the future 60-acre mixed-use New Town Center development. There are currently significant gaps in the sidewalk network that connects these surrounding areas with bus stops, and most crosswalks in the area are faded and are not ADA-compliant.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering has been completed and approved by IDOT. This project is completed and the RTA is working with Ford Heights to apply for Phase II and Construction funding for this project in the upcoming CMAQ Call for Projects.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $53,628

Last Updated 06.10.2024

+ Harvard Pace Route Access Improvements - Marengo Rd and Ayer St. - Phase II and Construction Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Harvard $360,000
  • Federal
Programmed

Project Details

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Not Available

Description

Funding for this project will complete Phase II engineering and construction of pedestrian access improvements along US Rte. 14, IL Route. 173, Marengo Road, and Ayer Street. The project includes new sidewalks, ADA improvements, crosswalks, and a Pace Bus shelter. These improvements will better connect residents to the Harvard Metra Station and the Pace Bus Route 808.

Current Activities

Phase II Engineering Underway. Engineering agreements have been submitted and are awaiting IDOT approval.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
Federal $288,000

Last Updated 07.19.2024

+ Harvard Pace Route Access Improvements - Route 173 Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Harvard $55,000
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

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Not Available

Description

The RTA awarded $55,000 to the City of Harvard for Phase I engineering needed for pedestrian access improvements along Illinois Route 173 from Marengo Road to US Route 14, including new sidewalks, ADA crosswalks, and pedestrian access over Mokeler Creek. Currently, there are no sidewalks along Route 173, forcing pedestrians to walk on the shoulder. At the crossing of Mokeler Creek, pedestrians have to walk in the travel lanes of Route 173 to get over the creek.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering was completed in 2023 and the City is seeking funding for design engineering and construction.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $55,000

Last Updated 07.19.2024

+ Harvey Pace Route Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Harvey $55,000
  • RTA
In Progress

Project Details

Description

The RTA has awarded $55,000 to the City of Harvey to complete Phase I engineering required for improvements along Broadway Avenue in downtown Harvey. The project will include transit access improvements such as bus shelters, pedestrian improvements including ADA-compliant intersections, and new roadway bike facilities. These improvements will better provide for a multi-modal downtown Harvey and will connect the new Pace Harvey Transportation Center with Broadway Avenue.

Current Activities

 Phase I Engineering Underway. Design engineering has begun. Estimated completion of Phase I Engineering is February 2025. 

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $55,000

Last Updated 07.19.2024

+ Hazel Crest ETOD Plan Community Planning TOD Plan Update Hazel Crest $150,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

Description

The Village Hazel Crest seeks RTA support to develop an Equitable TOD Plan for areas west of the Hazel Crest Metra station, leveraging the transportation assets in the area to balance investment and begin to deliver community benefits through greater pedestrian, bicycle and commuter activity. The Village would use a new plan to  coordinate Village, County, state and federal resources for the station area, which has experienced disinvestment relative to the  rest of Hazel Crest. Having TOD related investment would also further Village goals to create an Arts District in the study area, with programming and related building improvements to Village-owned vacant buildings, with the intension to convert into an adaptive reuse as a Center for the Arts. Improved pedestrian walkability and added bicyclist safety installments would benefit artists and the overall residential and commuter base living near the Hazel Crest Metra station. Lastly, the Village would like to identify further investment in the area for higher density, high quality multi-family workforce housing that would serve a number of workers with high quality housing near the Metra station, with quality amenities at a reasonable price point that does not exist today.

Current Activities

The project was awarded in July of 2024 and initial project development tasks are taking place through the rest of 2024, including project scoping.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $142,500
Local $7,500

Last Updated 07.16.2024