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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Agency Project Title Asset Category Mode 2024 Funding 2024-2028 Funding Status
+ Metra UP North Line - South 11 Bridges Track & Structure Rail $117,000,000 $179,216,923 Behind Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project will provide for the reconstruction of bridges and retaining walls on the Union Pacific North Line, and Ravenswood 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 $117,000,000 $56,400,000 $173,400,000
State $0 $0 $5,816,923 $5,816,923
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $0 $117,000,000 $62,216,923 $179,216,923

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$162,100,000
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. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process is ongoing. Design activities are at the 60% design mark. Benesch is continuing to review and respond to comments from Metra and UPRR as they come in. Once all comments are addressed, the design will continue to 90% design.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Car Rehab (Nippon Sharyo Highliners) Rolling Stock Rail $64,562,000 $190,057,000 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 $42,642,000 $111,445,000 $154,087,000
State $0 $0 $14,050,000 $14,050,000
RTA $0 $21,920,000 $0 $21,920,000
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $27,021,644 $64,562,000 $125,495,000 $217,078,644

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$55,378,657
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
This project is progressing with procurements for materials and parts ongoing. Four cars have completed the rehab activities, and four cars are almost completed waiting on seats. Two more have just started work under this program. Additional cars will continue with the rehabilitation process.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Purchase Rail Cars - 7000 Series (Base Order 400) Rolling Stock Rail $61,950,715 $77,284,911 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Purchase Rail Cars - 7000' Series (Base Order 400) - Program funds will provide for the continued cash needs and obligation provisions as identified in the contract documents for the 7000' series rail car Base contract order of 400 cars.
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 $46,950,715 $15,334,196 $62,284,911
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $15,000,000 $0 $15,000,000
Total $99,186,582 $61,950,715 $15,334,196 $176,471,493

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$713,703,634
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Status conferences continued with CRRC to address/track various items. Revenue service testing ended and production deliveries begun in this reporting period. CTA inspection personnel continue working in China and continue to conduct welded subassembly checks and production car body shell inspections for production cars. There are approximately 62 car body shells in various states of assembly. Final assembly continues on 74 cars in the US. CTA has accepted 48 of the cars thus far for revenue service.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Replace Buses - Options to Purchase Up To 500 of 1,030 Rolling Stock Bus $38,878,238 $107,050,060 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
The scope of this project will provide for the engineering, purchase, and inspection of fully accessible, air conditioned Clean Diesel buses; including a spare parts inventory. Engineering includes: development of specifications, pre-bid engineering meetings, onsite inspections of prospective bidders and/or their vendors’ plants, inspection of buses during production and acceptance of vehicles after delivery. 5 Year funds will continue funding stream for the Option(s) to replace up to 500 additional buses. Option(s) to the Base (100) contract order consist of up to an additional 500 buses that will initiate multiple orders to replace the 1000 Series New Flyer buses that have been in service since FY 2006.
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 $15,942,638 $59,195,763 $75,138,401
State $0 $22,935,600 $8,976,059 $31,911,659
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $148,301,069 $38,878,238 $68,171,822 $255,351,129

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$406,393,560
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
There are 100 complete buses and 100 buses in service from the base order. Option 1 has 91 buses completed and 66 buses in service. Training is ongoing for the proper function and maintenance of the buses. Inspections are still ongoing. The delivery of the last 9 buses from option 1 are expected to be delivered in October 2023. Option #2 has nine buses delivered and are being prepped to be put in service.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Program Management Contingencies and Administration Rail $30,278,295 $117,288,818 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project will fund the professional services of a consultant team to provide additional program management capacity made necessary by the extra funding from the state of Illinois. Funds programmed in 2022 will finance the second year of a five-year agreement with WSP Inc. for professional services under the Project Management Oversight (PMO) contract awarded by Metra’s Board in August 2020.
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 $30,278,295 $87,010,523 $117,288,818
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $63,550,000 $30,278,295 $87,010,523 $180,838,818

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$93,196,958
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The project management oversight contract was awarded to WSP. WSP and Metra staff are working through the process to support delivery of Metra’s Capital Program. Purchase Order Releases have been approved and work is in progress on various capital projects. Project Start-Up deliverables have been completed and approved as the quarter ending September 30, 2023.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Van Buren St. Station Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $28,500,000 $28,500,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
A complete renovation of the downtown Chicago terminal station will rehabilitate the existing historic waiting rooms, replace the roof assembly while maintaining the green roof, and will replace the pedestrian tunnel in the park. A new 'pop-up' entrance in Grant Park will add a new access stair case and elevator and add an ADA-compliant ramp connecting to the pedestrian bridge. The pedestrian tunnel under Michigan Ave will be waterproofed and a new elevator will be added to the Jackson Blvd platform. The scope of work includes rehabilitation of the stair enclosures and elevator west of Michigan Avenue, replacement of the platforms, new full-length platform canopies, heated warming shelters, construction of a new vendor space at lower level, and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing throughout the 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 $28,500,000 $0 $28,500,000
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $0 $28,500,000 $0 $28,500,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$48,126,300
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Metra awarded the consultant contract for station concept design. The concept design is at 15% completion and on hold pending completion of lakefront ordinance protection, NEPA, and environmental processes. Documents are being prepared to be submitted for lakefront ordinance for approval. Environmental and NEPA work is ongoing. The Memorandum of Understanding should be fully executed in Q1 of 2024.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Harvey Transportation Center - Metra Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $23,770,000 $24,080,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Metra is partnering with Pace to create the Harvey Transportation Center on the Metra Electric line. Metra will utilize funds for platform reconstruction and to construct other enhancements that will make the station ADA accessible, improve the commuter environment, and facilitate intermodal transfers between Pace and Metra.
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 $310,000 $310,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $23,770,000 $0 $23,770,000
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $2,000,000 $23,770,000 $310,000 $26,080,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$45,250,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
This project is in the design phase. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process has been completed. The design is progressing and is currently at 30% completion. Pace and Metra held an open house in January to get the community’s feedback on the design alternatives for the new Transportation Center. Community engagement is ongoing.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra 16th St. Interlocker Electrical, Signal & Communications Rail $12,910,000 $15,660,000 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
This project will replace the 16th Street interlocking with a modern solid-state automated electronic system at a junction with tracks owned by Canadian National (CN) near 16th Street in Chicago. The 16th Street interlocking plant consists of an obsolete manual interlocking with two outdated hand lever machines built in 1901 and 1929. There are no manufacturers of spare or replacement equipment for these machines.
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 $2,750,000 $2,750,000
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $12,910,000 $0 $12,910,000
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $66,590,000 $12,910,000 $2,750,000 $82,250,000

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$14,055,507
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The preliminary design was completed, and CN is waiting on drawings. Bid package documents were developed and design proposals were submitted. The award for the interlocking track and signal upgrades were awarded in October 2022 and activities for signal upgrades design continue.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ Metra Station Displays (TROI Net) Stations & Passenger Facilities Rail $7,900,000 $13,948,200 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
The TROI-Net Station Displays Project is the design and rollout of the next generation of Metra's VIS Signs as they reach the end of their useful life and require replacement. Instead of one VIS Sign per station, TROI-Net Station Displays will be installed at more than one location at most stations. To meet accessibility requirements and like the current VIS Signs, TROI-Net Station Displays will provide the visual part of Metra's Audio/Visual announcements at stations. TROI-Net Station Displays will also provide live train tracking information, customer information messages, and emergency messages to Metra’s customers.
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 $4,455,200 $6,455,200
State $0 $5,900,000 $0 $5,900,000
RTA $0 $0 $1,593,000 $1,593,000
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $7,899,917 $7,900,000 $6,048,200 $21,848,117

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$5,000,000
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
Displays were ordered for stations and are waiting to be received. Once the displays are delivered, Metra forces will begin the installation.

Last Updated 12.14.2023

+ CTA Life Extending Bus Overhaul - 430 Standard (1000 Series) Rolling Stock Bus $6,737,430 $6,737,430 On Schedule

Project Details

Description
Life Extending Overhaul - Up to 430 Standard (1000 Series) - This project will overhaul the engine and other major sub-components to provide the minimal amount of work necessary to keep the fleet going. By end of FY2020 630 buses will have met their estimated 12 year life expectancy. This extension would extend the bus life by four years. The life extension for the 40 foot 1000-1629 New Flyer Bus is essential to keeping a majority of the CTA fleet running in optimal condition. The current fleet of 40 foot NF buses is over 1000 buses. This project is essential to meet availability requirements for CTA. These buses were purchased in 2006-2007 and this life extension is essential to maintaining peak availability requirements at all 7 bus garages.
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 $6,737,430 $0 $6,737,430
State $0 $0 $0 $0
RTA $0 $0 $0 $0
Service Board / Local $0 $0 $0 $0
Total $25,100,429 $6,737,430 $0 $31,837,859

PMO:

Total Project Budget^ Budget Status Schedule Status Start Date End Date
$1,893,610
On Budget
On Schedule

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

Current Status
The CTA Team drafted technical specs and project scope are under review as of this reporting period. The team completed testing the pilot Haldex air dryers on two buses and the buses were put back in service. The Team continues to complete the project independent cost estimate and release the updated specifications to the Purchasing Department to start the bid review/release process.

Last Updated 12.14.2023