Project Management Oversight (PMO) Capital Projects

The RTA is responsible for ensuring that the Service Boards are spending capital funds and managing their capital projects effectively and efficiently.  The RTA conducts periodic project reviews with Service Board project managers to ensure that capital projects are being implemented according to scope, on schedule, within budget and according to established project management guidelines.

Each project listed below is being actively monitored by RTA’s PMO team. Reporting data is provided that includes, Project Start Date, Project End Date, Budget Status, Schedule Status and Current Activities. These projects are also part of the overall Regional Capital Program which can be viewed separately here.

PMO also produces semi-annual reports that cover all projects that are being monitored. These reports can be found on the Project Management Oversight site.  The latest report is the December 2023 Project Management Oversight report. 

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This search filters based on details within the PMO Project. The search box below allows users to search by PMO Project name.
Agency Project Title Asset Category Mode 2024 Funding 2024-2028 Funding Status
+ Metra Platform Improvements Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $5,820,000 $19,300,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project is part of Metra’s ongoing effort to bring commuter rail stations into compliance with therequirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The project will focus onplatform and platform access routes, as necessary.Wherever platform work is undertaken, the existing platforms will be rehabilitated in order to allowdeteriorated tactile surfaces to be replaced with new ADA-compliant “truncated dome” type surfaces.FY 2020 Federal funds and 2020 Illinois PAYGO funds will be used for construction of new platforms,ADA access improvements, ADA building improvements, and related work at sites to be determined.The West Hinsdale Station on the BNSF Line has been identified as a priority location for platformrehabilitation. However, this project may also include the Oak Lawn Station (SouthWest Service) andthe River Forest Station (Union Pacific West Line). Note that this is a preliminary list of stationsidentified for platform rehabilitation and other locations may be added.FY 2020 PAYGO and Federal funds will be used for construction. Future funding may be required.This project is necessary to bring Metra’s system into compliance with the 1990 ADA.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $5,820,000 $8,760,000 $14,580,000
State $0 $0 $4,720,000 $4,720,000
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $11,300,000 $5,820,000 $13,480,000 $30,600,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$6,000,000
On Budget
On Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
Platform work at Chicago-Ridge, Willow Springs, Mundelein, Jefferson Park, Barrington Station, Franklin Park, New Lenox, and West Hinsdale were completed. Work continued at 103rd Street station platform and is at 40% complete. Work also begun at the Oak Lawn station and is at 15% complete.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Smart Gates Electrical, Signal & Communications Rail $4,000,000 $7,500,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project involves upgrades to protected grade crossings to improve safety and reliability of grade crossing protections. Metra has approximately 300 active grade crossings with warning devices. This project will fund upgrades of circuitry at these grade crossings to the latest technology. Metra will install monitors to remotely check the condition of the grade crossing protection system. When a monitor detects an anomaly, the system will send notice to the back office and dispatch a signal maintainer to perform repairs.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $0 $0 $0
State $0 $4,000,000 $3,500,000 $7,500,000
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $7,500,000 $4,000,000 $3,500,000 $15,000,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$9,219,036
On Budget
On Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
Metra has executed a contract with a software vendor in January 2023. Currently, the 14 locations are being updated with remote monitoring. The software vendor is also working on the user interface. The construction at grade crossings is ongoing and will be completed at all locations this summer along with complete software installations and training.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra IT Components & Services N/A Rail $3,100,000 $5,800,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Purchases various pieces of equipment that will be utilized at Metra Headquarters and outlying Metra facilities. Purchases may include, but are not limited to, replacement of obsolete information technology infrastructure, upgrade network switches, computers and printers, copiers, new and replacement servers, financial system software, and other software.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $0 $2,700,000 $2,700,000
State $0 $3,100,000 $0 $3,100,000
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $750,000 $3,100,000 $2,700,000 $6,550,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$12,059,193
On Budget
On Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
This is a multiple year and multiple project type of capital project. Purchase orders have been awarded for various computer hardware and software. Hardware has been delivered and installed. Purchase Order Releases for computer hardware and software continue in process and deliveries will continue over the next several years.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra CREATE EW-2 Bridge Lift Track & Structure Rail $3,040,000 $3,040,000 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project involves lifting a bridge between 78th Street and 79th Street on Metra’s Rock Island Line. The bridge spans over three sets of railroad tracks owned by The Belt Railway of Chicago and Norfolk Southern in Chicago at milepost 8.7. This project is a necessary component of the new Auburn Park station project.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $3,040,000 $0 $3,040,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $4,000,000 $3,040,000 $0 $7,040,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$8,404,189
On Budget
Behind Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
The design for the project has been completed. Metra advertised the construction procurement and received only one bid. The proposed cost exceeded the allocated construction budget for the project. Metra made a decision to re-design the project to reduce the risk off of the potential contractor and attract more bids. A change order has been issued to the designer and the re-design is 90% complete.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Stoney Creek Bridge- SWS Track & Structure Rail $2,830,000 $2,830,000 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project funds engineering design services for the replacement of the Stoney Creek Bridge on Metra’s SouthWest Service. The bridge, constructed in 1917, spans over Stoney Creek in Oak Lawn at milepost 16.3. Construction funds are provided in future years.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $0 $0 $0
State $0 $2,830,000 $0 $2,830,000
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $0 $2,830,000 $0 $2,830,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$8,500,000
On Budget
Behind Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
This project is in the design phase. There are some delays related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) review. The 30% design has been completed. Once the NEPA and SPHO process is complete, work will continue on the design to advance to 60%.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Elevator Replacement Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $2,520,000 $48,020,000 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project will replace or renovate elevators at various stations across the Metra system.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $0 $25,610,000 $25,610,000
State $0 $2,520,000 $19,890,000 $22,410,000
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $8,030,000 $2,520,000 $45,500,000 $56,050,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$6,880,000
On Budget
Behind Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
Metra continued the preparation of the final design Architectural and Engineering task orders for elevator replacement. The Randolph St. elevator has NEPA issues to resolve. The two other elevators at Grand & Cicero are at 90% and proceeding to 100% design completion. A systemwide elevator inspection and assessment is in progress as well.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Vehicles & Equipment Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $2,330,000 $15,410,930 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project provides for the purchase of fleet vehicles and equipment utilized by Metra’s various departments to help service and maintain the system. This project includes, but is not limited to, vehicles used for supervision of fieldwork, small pickup trucks, construction equipment, and other vehicles. Project funds will replace and retire vehicles and equipment in Metra's current fleet that has surpassed its useful life.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $0 $0 $0
State $0 $2,330,000 $13,080,930 $15,410,930
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $9,000,000 $2,330,000 $13,080,930 $24,410,930

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$9,000,000
On Budget
On Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
Procurement activities are in progress. Metra is waiting on delivery of vehicles, including 23 highway vehicles, 48V service carts, two electric vans, police vehicles, and service vehicles.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Car and Locomotive Cameras Rolling Stock Rail $2,000,000 $10,000,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project involves the purchase of a digital video recording (DVR) system. The system will replace the 12-year old, obsolete system currently running on Metra’s rolling stock. The new system will allow for video recording of railroad signal aspects and incidents and includes inward-facing cameras and outward-facing, dual-lens cameras.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $2,000,000 $8,000,000 $10,000,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $4,000,000 $2,000,000 $8,000,000 $14,000,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$19,944,178
On Budget
On Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
The new technology allows recording at a faster frame rate and higher resolution, allowing slowing down the recording to less than real time rates without distortion, blurring, or loss of resolution. Currently, the DVR system is being installed by Metra Forces and passenger cameras are being installed by a vendor. All prototype installations were completed with them running with no issues. The full-scale installation began, and kits started delivery in October 2022. In total, 71 cars were completed, and the project is on-going and continuing installation activities.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA 5000 Series Rail Car Quarter Life Overhaul Rolling Stock Rail $1,899,057 $41,619,579 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
5000 Series Qtr. Overhaul - 714 Cars - The scope of this project is to provide for the Quarter?Life Overhaul on the 5000?Series rail cars. Schedule maintenance will include major component rebuilds and needed repairs to the car bodies. Additional work may include: replacing control groups, air conditioning units, truck assemblies, including traction motors, cables, batteries, brake calipers, axle assemblies, interior seat modification and other critical components based on condition assessment.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $0 $21,831,629 $21,831,629
State $0 $0 $17,888,893 $17,888,893
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $1,899,057 $0 $1,899,057
Total $31,335,000 $1,899,057 $39,720,522 $72,954,579

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$400,000,000
On Budget
Behind Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
As of the end of mid-October 2023, 344 out of 714 cars have completed the overhaul process. CTA continues to receive material kits and overhaul cars. On average, CTA forces are overhauling 14 rail cars per month.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Pace Purchase 15-passenger Paratransit Vehicles Rolling Stock Bus $1,801,859 $31,094,850 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Paratransit Vehicles - Pace plans to purchase 298 replacement vehicles (22'-25' cutaway) including associated equipment (cameras, destination signs, etc.) and services (Buy America audit and inspections) for paratransit services.
Funding Amounts by Source
*Previous funding shows all funding since 2021, but not with detail by funding source. Note that the project may have funding from capital programs previous to 2021 that is not shown in table.
Source Previous Funding* 2024 Funding 2025-2028 Funding Total
Federal $0 $1,801,859 $29,292,991 $31,094,850
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $7,388,134 $1,801,859 $29,292,991 $38,482,984

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$69,991,388
On Budget
On Schedule

^Total Project Budget is the project budget being tracked by the RTA PMO Group

Current Status
These buses will service DuPage, Kane, Lake, Will and Cook counties. Pace awarded a new contract in November 2020. The first order was for a quantity of 210 paratransit buses. Chassis availability has delayed production. As of May, Pace has received the 152 vehicles and the remaining are in the final stages of production and aiming to deliver all buses by end of 2023. The second order of paratransit buses are ongoing and are expected to be executed in Q4-2023 for the community vehicle program.

Last Updated 12.14.2023