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 California Avenue Yard-HVAC Coach Shops Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Replacement of HVAC systems that are beyond their useful life at the California Ave. Yard.
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
$21,000,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The design contract was executed and notice to proceed was given to the designer. The designer will be required to develop a construction set of drawings and specifications that will result in a new completely operational train wash system at the California Avenue Yard. The construction portion will be bid out separately. Real estate review and the real estate acquisition process are in progress.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Car Rehab - Budd Rolling Stock Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project involves the life?extending rehabilitation of up to 85 commuter cars,originally built by the Budd Company between 1974 and 1978, last rehabilitatedbetween 1990 and 1993. The rehab includes, but is not limited to, replacementand/or repair to electrical and control lines, heating and lighting systems,replacement of seats, floors, walls, AC units, overhaul of trucks, replacement of allwindows, door mechanisms, and emergency lighting requirements, etc..
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
$31,956,349
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
This project will improve the overall state of good repair for Metra rolling stock. As with the locomotive rehabilitation projects, vehicles are being removed from service in such a manner as to not disrupt operations. Seventy-four cars completed the rehabilitation continues with the remaining cars as they cycle through the rehabilitation program. The next phase of the rehabilitation work will be installing new AC units into the cars. Additional cars are being completed as a more precise and limited rehab program.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Car Rehab (Nippon Sharyo P-3) Rolling Stock Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project funds the continued rehabilitation of self-propelled electric cars used on the Metra Electric. The cars delivered between 2005 and 2007. This first rehabilitation may include, but is not limited to, repair of the car body structure, interior components, and overhaul of propulsion control systems.
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
$103,383,678
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The project is currently in phase 7 of 10 of the rehabilitation process. As of the end of September, 211 cars were completed with another three expected to be completed in October and November.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Central Warehousing Support Facilities & Equipment Rail $0 $9,775,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Metra acquired an existing warehouse facility to develop a centralized warehouse for materials that support the activities of the commuter railroad system. The central warehouse will combine 4 existing buildings that are overcrowded and create efficiencies by allowing Metra to buy in bigger quantities and lower freight delivery costs. Renovations will continue as part of a multi-year, phase-funded 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 $9,775,000 $9,775,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $23,700,000 $0 $9,775,000 $33,475,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$18,700,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The property acquisition, environmental site assessment and interior demolition were previously completed. Roof rehabilitation work has been ongoing and is scheduled to be completed at the end of May. Interior build out work, lighting and fencing will be completed by Metra forces after the roof work is finished.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Chicago Union Station Interlockers Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project involves the modernization and upgrading of outmoded interlockings at the north and south ends of Chicago Union Station (CUS). The project will include, but not be limited to, new rail, ties, ballast cleaning or replacement, upgrades to signal infrastructure, replacement of switches and components, and other related work as needed. Amtrak contributes funds towards a portion of the project work.
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 $8,500,000 $0 $0 $8,500,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$13,096,850
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Amtrak identified scope of work for 2023 and has executed with Metra a Fixed Facility Agreement to complete the project. The project has started where Amtrak began the replacement and upgrades of switches, signal and rail at Harrison St and Taylor St of the North and South end of CUS.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Clarendon Hills Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project redevelops the Clarendon Hills Station on the Metra BNSF line. The station improvements include new platrofm canopies, enclosed shelters, benches, and covered bike parking. The shelters will feature green roofs. The parking lot improvements will feature kiss?and?ride areas on both sides of the tracks. Landscaping improvements will also be included.
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
$3,750,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Metra entered into an Intergovermental Agreement (IGA) with the Village of Clarendon Hills for the reconstruction of the station. This project is part of the Village of Clarendon Hills downtown revitalization project. The Village procured a contractor and led the construction project. The substantial completion was reached in the first quarter of 2022. This is the final update on this project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Pace Computer Systems - Hardware & Software Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Computer Systems/Hardware & Software - Projects in 2021 include upgrades, licenses, and training for Hastus route-scheduling software, RideCheck ridership data software, ArcGIS software, and the Pace website. Procurement of digital screens for the interior of buses is also included.
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
$1,100,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
This project is underway, and Pace executed a contract for redesigning Pace’s website. Activity continued with a rebid for the procurement of digital screens for the interior of the buses due to low responses. Additional tasks will be added throughout the duration of this project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Consolidated Control Facility (CCF) - Generator & UPS Electrical, Signal & Communications Rail $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project funds construction services for the replacement of an existing diesel generator and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. The new diesel generator will be powered by natural gas, thereby reducing operating costs and emissions. The system provides an important backup power supply.
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 $1,710,000 $0 $0 $1,710,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$1,263,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Metra continued to make headway on the project. The generator is 93% complete and expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Pace Construct Salt Shed Support Facilities & Equipment Bus $0 $0 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Pace is in need of a stand-alone storage solution and will construct a shed to store and secure up to 10tons of bulk rock salt that is used during the winter season. The construction of the shed will be within thefootprint of Pace's parcel. This shed will allow for accessible use with Pace's skidsteer to load rock saltonto the pickup trucks and distribute it on approximately more than 15,000 square yards of grounds(parking lots and driveways), in addition to sidewalks, in a safe and more efficient manner. CurrentlyPace purchases 50-pound bags of salt that have to be loaded manually which has become very unsafein term of personal injury risk and is very time consuming as it has to be loaded multiple times per day.
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
$75,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
A construction contract was awarded. There were some delays related to the Village code requirements and permits. All activities were completed during this reporting period and final invoices remain. This will be the final update on this project.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Cottage Grove Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $0 $0 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
CTA has partnered with the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) to revitalize the southeastcorner of 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue with a new multi-use office/retail space, which willcontain a new Cottage Grove station house. Overall the general design concept relocates the CottageGrove station house within POAH's new Woodlawn Crossing mixed-use development at the southeastcorner of 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue, while the existing platforms and other related railinfrastructure will remain in their current locations. The POAH design concept also adds a newpedestrian bridge and canopy to connect the existing platforms to POAH's Woodlawn Crossing building.The project will dramatically decrease the footprint of the CTA's Cottage Grove station over theintersection of 63rd Street and Cottage Grove, which will provide more natural light at street-level anddirectly respond to community feedback. The project features a number of station enhancements thatwill improve customer experience, including attractive new sculptural canopies, contemporary stationfinishes, a new elevator, and brighter lighting inside the station and on the platform. This funding willprovide for the demolition of the existing station house and canopy, new stationhouse including finisheswithin a new multi-use office/retail space conforming to CTA standards and criteria, platform extensions,new stairs from platform to grade, a new platform canopy, new friction buffer stops and associated trackwork, structural steel girder and stringer repairs, new lighting, new signage, and new train operator'sfacility.
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
$76,447,966
On Budget
Behind Schedule

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

Current Status
A contract has been awarded in January 2021 and CTA has issued a notice to proceed. The 60% design has been completed. Negotiations with POAH and City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (CDPD) on final design for building where station entrance will be located are ongoing. POAH procured their own designer to support this project. Design is currently on hold until an agreement is reached with POAH and CDPD. CTA is exploring the option to continue design on the structural and track component of the project, as this work will be done by CTA internal forces.

Last Updated 12.14.2023