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
+ CTA All Station Accessibility Program & Canopies at Montrose Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This job order will provide for the design/construction of two new elevators at the Montrose Blue Line Station. Further this project will fund replacement of canopies at Montrose station.
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 $7,703,822 $0 $0 $7,703,822

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$23,317,875
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 the design has been issued in May 2023. The kickoff meeting was held and the design validation is in progress.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA All Station Accessibility Program - Austin Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Rehabilitate Rail Stations - ASAP (AUSTIN): This project is part of CTA’s All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP). The goal of ASAP is to create a vertically accessible rail system within 20 years. ASAP also adds accessibility features to vertically inaccessible stations such as sidewalks and crosswalks, power-assisted doors, accessible fare array, braille and signage, accessible Customer Assistance (CA) kiosks and staff toilet rooms, enhanced lighting as appropriate, and expanded platform clearances for wheelchair maneuverability.This project is to improve the vertical accessibility at the Lake Line Austin station (Austin station). The original street level station opened on April 15, 1899 as a section of the “Lake Street Elevated Railroad’s” surface level extension. The current stationhouse was rebuilt in 1962 as part of the project that moved the western end of the Lake Street line from a street level alignment to an abandoned strip of the parallel “Chicago and Northwestern Railway” embankment. The Lake Line began using this elevated right-of-way on the CN&W (today’s Union Pacific) embankment between Laramie and Harlem on Sunday, October 28, 1962. This station has not been upgraded since it was rebuilt. The Austin station has been identified as a station that is not vertically accessible for all customers and will require the installation of an elevator to serve this center platform configuration. Work on this project will also bring elements of the station up to current Chicago Building Code requirements and meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems emergency egress requirements.
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 $13,930,000 $0 $0 $13,930,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$25,564,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The design for this project has been completed. The procurement process for the construction general contractor is ongoing with the bids due in June.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA All Station Accessibility Program - California Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project with provide for the renovation and expansion of the California Station. It will include a new platform, new emergency exist stairs and two new elevators. The station will be 100% ADA accessible. In addition, state of good repair work will be performed as part of the station renovation.
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 $9,570,000 $0 $0 $9,570,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$36,000,000
On Budget
Behind Schedule

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

Current Status
The Notice to Proceed has been granted to the designer in February 2022. The 60% design is underway and is expected to be submitted to CTA at the end of May. The real estate survey has been completed to determine property acquisition needs for the placement of elevators.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA All Station Accessibilty Program - Elevator Replacement Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $4,633,224 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
Funding will provide for second installment of funds to rehabilitate and/or replace elevators throughout the system. This funding along with the granted Rebuild Illinois funds provide in part for phase one of the program. For the Elevator Replacement Program, complete inspection of an elevator will need to be conducted to identify all deficiencies. Once inspections are complete, the CTA will need to determine whether rehabilitation or replacement is warranted. The individual scope of work for each elevator will vary depending on its condition and elevator type (machine room-less (MRL), geared, gearless, or hydraulic). Inspections of all components of the following systems are required to determine the full scope of work at each individual elevator and to determine whether rehabilitation or replacement is warranted:• Mechanical Systems• Electrical Systems• Material Finishes• Control Systems• Communication Systems• Security Systems• Structural Members• ADA Code Compliance • Municipality Building Code Compliance
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 $4,633,224 $4,633,224
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $11,585,000 $0 $4,633,224 $16,218,224

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$25,370,000
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 the designer has been issued in June 2022. The designer is completing site assessments and elevator inspections. An assessment report will be developed to prioritize the elevator replacement or rehabilitation locations. The report will also provide the scope of work needed for each individual elevator. A draft report is expected to be submitted to CTA in June. Once the report is finalized, CTA will issue a procurement for construction based on the priority recommendations from the assessment report.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Auburn Park New Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
The new station in the Auburn Park neighborhood of Chicago will feature a platform-length canopy and heated headhouse with two elevators. The station will include a center boarding platform with a staircase down to street level entrance tunnel, a landscaped plaza with benches, canopy, bicycle parking, and a vendor space Metra will lease. A parking lot will include 79 parking stalls, 5 ADA parking spaces, and a passenger drop-off lane. The new station will be fully ADA accessible.
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 $6,300,000 $0 $0 $6,300,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$37,300,000
On Budget
Behind Schedule

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

Current Status
The contractor is working on submittals and begun installation of the crane in mid-October. Once the crane is installed, the contractor will begin installation of sheet piles for the earth retention system and start site work as well.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Bicycle Parking Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Metra was awarded CMAQ grants for the purchase and installation of bicycle parking facilities at stations across the system. Specific locations are to be determined
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 $161,500 $0 $0 $161,500

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$85,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Metra reached the 100% design submittal which is currently under review. Once the review is completed, any final comments will be addressed and Metra will proceed to develop the Invitation for Bid documents.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Blue Line O'Hare Branch Traction Power Improvements Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Blue Line O'Hare Branch Traction Power Improvements GTT - Project will include targeted track repairs to remove existing slow zones on the Congress Branch of the Blue Line. CTA has identified traction power voltage drop issues along the Blue Line. Scope of work will include but not limited to the following elements: New infill substations, infill wayside energy storage systems, infill tie houses, third rail replacement, addition of auxiliary negative rail; work will be performed by an outside contractor. In addition project will aslo provide for the replacement of ties, track fasteners, footwalks, and incidental signal and traction power; this part of work will be performed by CTA Field Forces.
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 $12,405,159 $0 $0 $12,405,159

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$207,100,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The contractor completed installation and testing of wayside signal equipment and all cutovers along the specific portion of the blue line. The project is considered substantially complete with the contractor performing punch list items. Final invoices remain and this will be the final update on this project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Blue Line Traction Power - Barry, Damen and Canal Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
Construct a tie house (at the intersection of Milwaukee/Canal/Lake Street) and two new substations (atBarry/Kimball intersection and Damen/Milwaukee intersection) to support traction power needs on theBlue Line. These assets will support increasing ridership demands as well as the power needed tosupport 5000 and 7000 series rail cars. The location of the tie house and substations were determinedby the Blue Line Load Flow study, which identified areas that were likely to experience traction powerissues.
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 $2,200,191 $0 $0 $2,200,191

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$122,417,171
On Budget
Behind Schedule

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

Current Status
Construction ongoing at Canal Tie House, Damen, Barry and Haymarket Stations. Contractor has begun applying for CDOT general occupancy permits and sewer permits. Factory Testing has resumed and is on schedule.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Bridge 86 - 78th St Entrance Track & Structure Rail $0 $33,160,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Engineering Design, construction, and related services for the replacement of Bridge 86 on the Rock Island (RI) Line will be funded by this project. Bridge 86 dates back to 1916 and spans 78th Street at milepost 8.62 in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. Contemporary construction methods will allow two-track service to be maintained during the bridge replacement. The replacement abutment wall at the south end of the bridge will include ground-floor space for a leasable storefront, a new staircase, and an elevator. The elevator and stairs will provide an accessible pathway from 79th Street to the new Auburn Park station boarding platforms and headhouse. 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 $0 $0 $0
State $0 $0 $33,160,000 $33,160,000
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $14,980,366 $0 $33,160,000 $48,140,366

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$3,000,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The design for the bridge and entrance continued to 90% completion. Design is expected to be complete by Q1-2024.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Bridge A-32 Reconstruction Track & Structure Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
The bridge that carries the Milwaukee District North Line over Milwaukee Avenue near Kilbourne Avenue was built in 1899. It will be replaced with a new bridge with new abutments. Grayland Station, just south of the bridge, will be rebuilt with longer platforms, new public address equipment, visual information signs, shelters with on-demand heat on each side, new lighting and new stairs and ramps, making it fully ADA-compliant.
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
$38,041,561
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The construction contract was awarded in October 2020 and the construction management contract was awarded in February 2021. The contractor continues to make headway with construction activities by completing drilled shafts, forming & pouring bridge piers and abutment walls. The project is 57% complete.

Last Updated 12.14.2023