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
+ Pace South Campus Project - Markham Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project will provide for construction, project management oversight, project administration, and any associated equipment and services for the Pace South Campus project. New facilities will be built on a 22-acre site that is situated next door to Pace’s South Division (2107 W. 163rd Place) Garage in Markham, Illinois, which is already owned by Pace. The purpose of this project is to consolidate certain operational functions currently operating at each garage into one location.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $0 $0 $0 $0

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$36,916,905
On Budget
Behind Schedule

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

Current Status
The Notice to Proceed for construction has been issued in January 2022. Construction activities are in progress. ComEd replaced the transformer and provided a supply to the Acceptance Facility. The delayed office building AC switchgear was delivered early and the contractor and Pace are working on a timeframe for setting and installing it.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Substation Improvements - Matteson Substation Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project is for the replacement of the rectifiers at substations along the Metra Electric Line. The rectifiers are 35 years old and they have long exceeded their useful life. Replacement parts are not available. The Matteson Substation has been identified as a high priority location. Planned work at Matteson includes construction services to replace and add traction power equipment including a 15kv AC switchgear lineup and two?dry type copper?winding traction power transformers. Other locations identifed under this project include Jackson Substation and Homewood Substation.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $0 $0 $0 $0

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$17,192,751
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The Final Design Review meeting for the Matteson Substation project took place in March 2023. Factory Acceptance Testing for the rectifiers and transformers has been completed and procurement of long lead time items such as transfer switches and switch gears is ongoing. Site construction work is scheduled to begin in May. The contractor poured the concrete foundation slab and equipment pads for the Matteson substation. The contractor also reworked temporary power for the project site. The Jackson Substation project is in the design phase. The design for that project is 75% complete.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Systemwide Tactical Traction Power Upgrades (Equipment/Cable/Enclosures) Electrical, Signal & Communications Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Tactical Traction Power (Equipment/Cable/Enclosures) -The purpose of this project is to implement traction power system improvements that will enable the CTA to continue to meet existing traction power needs, increase traction power capacity to meet future demand, and address state of good repair by repairing or replacing worn or obsolete equipment.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $10,864,902 $0 $0 $10,864,902

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$15,166,629
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The contractor made significant headway during this reporting period and was able to reach substantial completion in July of this year. The contractor was able to finish the final walkthrough inspection and completed all punchlist items and is in contract closeout. This will be the final update on this project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Systemwide Yard Improvements Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project will provide design and construction funds for large-scale yard improvement projects at the various yards utilized by Metra. Sub-projects may include, but may not be limited to, the improvement or replacement of machines and equipment, upgrades to buildings and crew facilities, and the construction of new equipment and systems. Project activities may include, but are not limited to, HVAC and MEP system upgrades, securing hazardous and flammable materials, fire suppression system improvements, track renewal, new crosswalks, and yard platforms, replacing switch machines and components, and other activities. This project will allow for flexibility to implement high-priority yard improvements between districts that are integral to the continuation of Metra’s safe and reliable operations.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $19,237,000 $0 $0 $19,237,000

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
The construction management and construction activities for the CCF project. Procurements for construction services were rebid out for the 47th St. Coach & Diesel Shop project. The Fox Lake cable reel replacement project started construction as well as for the HVAC replacement system for OTC, Van Buren, and Kensington Yards.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Tactical Traction Power (Equipment/Cable/Enclosures) Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
State of Good Repair projects and replacing obsolete equipment on CTA rail signal 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 $0 $0
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $2,125,768 $0 $0 $2,125,768

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$10,293,685
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Permits for the project were received in the last reporting period. Currently, the General Contractor is submitting process plans for start of construction and mobilization on site. Delivery of onsite storage containers is ongoing. CTA is working with the contractor to start the first phase of the project, which is the electrical shop equipment relocation.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Ticket Vending Machines Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $7,500,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project is the first phase of installing up to 310 ticket vending machines (TVMs) at selected stations throughout the Metra system to provide added amenities to Metra customers. The TVMs will offer a variety of ticket purchasing options and make purchasing tickets faster, easier, and more convenient for our customers. The TVMs will be fully ADA-accessible and will offer the ability to purchase tickets using contactless cards and mobile wallet applications and will no longer need to insert debit/credit cards into the machine.
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 $7,500,000 $7,500,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $33,510,000 $0 $7,500,000 $41,010,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$12,650,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
This project is currently in the production phase. The manufacturing of the first 100 TVMs is in progress. Two machines were delivered to Metra and System Integration Testing was performed. The next four machines are scheduled to be delivered to Metra by the end of May. Those machines will be used for the pilot deployment at Union Station. Metra work forces are preparing the various site locations for installation of TVMs by performing electrical work and pouring/repairing concrete pads.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Ties & Ballast MED Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
These projects consist of the replacement of cross ties, switch ties and ballast. In order to maintain proper track gauge and surface, it is necessary to replace ties and ballast periodically. This improves the riding quality of the trains and reduces the incidence of slow orders, which adversely affect adherence to train schedules. These projects represent part of an ongoing program to replace ties and ballast throughout the commuter territory.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $9,100,000 $0 $0 $9,100,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$4,100,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Major elements for this project included ironworkers; track, signal and utilities work. Track and structure improvements were completed during this reporting period and final invoices remain. This will be the final update on this project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Ties & Ballast MWD-W Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Metra’s track renewal crew will rehabilitate dozens of miles of track along the Milwaukee District West (MD-W) Line in 2022. The project will be the most comprehensive investment in track conditions since Metra acquired the MD-W in 1987. Metra forces will Replace ties, clean or replace ballast, and replace switch components to provide smoother, faster, and safer track conditions. Metra partners with the Canadian Pacific Railroad to fund improvements to particular portions of the MD-W as freight train traffic degrade track conditions more rapidly than Metra trains.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $10,075,000 $0 $0 $10,075,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$10,075,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Track and structure improvements ongoing. Major elements include ironworkers; track, signal and utilities work. Canadian Pacific (CP) funded a portion of the costs, and additional locations were added to the project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Ties & Ballast RID Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
These projects consist of the replacement of cross ties, switch ties and ballast. In order to maintain proper track gauge and surface, it is necessary to replace ties and ballast periodically. This improves the riding quality of the trains and reduces the incidence of slow orders, which adversely affect adherence to train schedules. These projects represent part of an ongoing program to replace ties and ballast throughout the commuter territory.
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 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $3,200,000 $0 $0 $3,200,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$1,920,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Major elements for this project includes ironworkers; track, signal and utilities work. Track and structure improvements began during this reporting period. Work is currently on track 2 of Milepost (MP) 0.2 to MP 50.5 and on track 3 of MP 0.3 to MP 1.0.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Ties & Ballast UPR Track & Structure Rail $0 $2,500,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Metra’s Union Pacific North (UP-N) Line will undergo significant rehabilitation in 2022. Union Pacific Railroad’s crews will replace ties, clean or replace ballast, and replace switch components on the northern extents of the UP-N Line. This project improves the riding quality of the trains and reduces the incidence of slow orders, which can impact the ability to maintain on-time performance. Metra provides funds to improve the track along the UP-N Line and other lines and yard facilities owned by the Union Pacific Railroad.
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 $2,500,000 $2,500,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $6,900,000 $0 $2,500,000 $9,400,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$11,473,534
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Metra coordinated efforts with UP Forces for starting work on the Kenosha Sub track 1 & 2 related to replacing and cleaning ties, replacement of ballast, as well as switch components from Mile Post (MP) 8.5 to MP 52.1. Work continues and additional locations were added to the project. Kenosha ties work to follow Harvard MP .75 to MP 62. Union Pacific forces continue working and are 50% complete.

Last Updated 12.14.2023