Planning Programs and Projects

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Year Project Title Program Project Type Project Partner Budget Funding Source(s) Status
+ Ford Heights Pace Route Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Ford Heights $53,628
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA has awarded $53,628 to the Village of Ford Heights for Phase I engineering needed to improve the sidewalk network, add concrete pads to select bus stops, and install ADA-compliant crosswalks at key intersections surrounding the Pace Route 357. The bus route runs through the center of the village and forms a loop around the future 60-acre mixed-use New Town Center development. There are currently significant gaps in the sidewalk network that connects these surrounding areas with bus stops, and most crosswalks in the area are faded and are not ADA-compliant.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering is underway.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $53,628

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Harvard Pace Route Access Improvements - Route 173 Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Harvard $55,000
  • RTA
Completed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA has awarded $55,000 to the City of Harvard for Phase I engineering needed for pedestrian access improvements along Illinois Route 173 from Marengo Road to US Route 14, including new sidewalks, ADA crosswalks, and pedestrian access over Mokeler Creek. Currently, there are no sidewalks along Route 173, forcing pedestrians to walk on the shoulder. At the crossing of Mokeler Creek, pedestrians have to walk in the travel lanes of Route 173 to get over the creek.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering has been completed.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $55,000

Last Updated 11.27.2023

+ Harvey Pace Route Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Harvey $55,000
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Description

The RTA has awarded $55,000 to the City of Harvey to complete Phase I engineering required for improvements along Broadway Avenue in downtown Harvey. The project will include transit access improvements such as bus shelters, pedestrian improvements including ADA-compliant intersections, and new roadway bike facilities. These improvements will better provide for a multi-modal downtown Harvey and will connect the new Pace Harvey Transportation Center with Broadway Avenue.

Current Activities

Phase I Engineering is underway.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $55,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Maywood Pace Route and Metra Station Access Improvements Access to Transit Program Pedestrian Access to Transit Maywood $44,000
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports
Description

The RTA has awarded $44,000 to the Village of Maywood for Phase I engineering needed for a covered bicycle shelter near the 5th Avenue Metra station served by the Union Pacific West line, heated bus shelters along 5th Avenue as served by Pace, wayfinding signage for the train station, and pavement marking improvements.

Current Activities

Maywood is in the process of selecting a firm to perform the Phase I Engineering.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $44,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Des Plaines TOD Developer Dialogue - Lee and Oakton Community Planning Developer Panel Des Plaines $3,500
  • RTA
In Progress

Project Details

Description

The RTA is providing assistance to the City of Des Plaines in soliciting guidance and advice from development experts through a half-day discussion panel. This panel will discuss the development climate and potential strategies to prepare for and attract development to specific parcels near the the intersection of Lee and Oakton Streets, adjacent to Pace Route 250 and future stations for the Pace Pulse Dempster Line. The goal of the developer discussion is to provide direct insight to local public officials and landowners on the current market for development within the study area and ways in which the City can attract reinvestment adjacent to transit stations.

Current Activities

The Des Plaines Developer Dialogue event took place on June 2, with Pace and Metra staff in attendance. The final report is available under "Related Reports."

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $3,500

Last Updated 11.09.2023

+ Equiticity - Bronzeville Mobility Hub Community Planning Mobility Hub Equiticity $100,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA is supporting Equiticity, an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), with advancing development of a community mobility center in Bronzeville, near the 51st Street Green Line station. The RTA will assist with identifying community perceptions of existing public transit; with understanding transportation’s impact on environment & personal wellbeing; with gauging the receptivity to climate-friendly mobility modes, gauging the demand for shared bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters & e-vehicles, and with obtaining feedback on design and implementation of the hub and its services. 

Current Activities

The RTA will be working during the summer with Equiticity to develop project goals and a scope of tasks. 

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $95,000
Local $5,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Geneva Financing District Community Planning TOD Funding District Geneva $40,000
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Description

The RTA is assisting the City of Geneva with establishing a special financing district to implement recommendations contained in the Downtown Station-Area Master Plan. An existing Special Service Area (SSA) is in place but set to expire in 2023. The RTA will assist the City to determine whether to extend and expand the scope of the SSA and/or create a different funding source, funding generated from which would work to implement plan recommendations.

Current Activities

The RTA and City of Geneva staff have completed work to develop project goals and a scope of tasks. The project is now in procurement to find a preferred consultant.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $40,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Joliet Downtown ETOD Plan Community Planning Transit-Oriented Development Plan Joliet $140,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports

Not Available

Description

The RTA will assist the City of Joliet to develop an ETOD plan for areas of downtown adjacent to the Joliet Gateway Center, a hub for Amtrak, Metra and Pace services. The goals of the ETOD plan are to create equitable housing opportunities adjacent to public transportation that are not currently available in the downtown; increase ridership on existing public transportation routes; spur new investment in the adjacent neighborhood, including underutilized commercial buildings on Washington Street; utilize existing city-owned parking lots for shared parking opportunities; transition publicly owned land into the private sector to generate property tax revenues; and increase and stabilize property values in the immediate area.

Current Activities

This project is currently in procurement.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $119,750
Local $20,250

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ Riverdale Mobility and TOD Plan Community Planning Transit Oriented Development Plan - Mobility Management Riverdale $165,000
  • RTA
  • Local
Programmed

Project Details

Description

The RTA will assist the Village of Riverdale to complete a Mobility Improvement and TOD Action Plan in transit served areas of the Village. The study area includes the 138th Street corridor, Riverdale and Ivanhoe Metra Station areas, S. Halsted Street and S. Indiana Ave. The planning efforts will also incorporate special considerations for current ADA specific infrastructure needs and outline funding opportunities the Village can pursue. The goals for this study include creating specific steps to improve access to all modes of transit within the Village, enhancing safety for residents of all abilities, identifying transit-oriented development opportunities, and creating a guide to secure implementation funding for the Village

Current Activities

The RTA will be working during the fall with Village staff to develop project goals and a scope of tasks.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $157,500
Local $7,500

Last Updated 11.16.2023

+ University Park Special Financing District Community Planning TOD Funding District University Park $40,000
  • RTA
Programmed

Project Details

Related Reports
Description

The RTA will provide assistance to the Village of University Park with identifying a financial strategy to implement the recommendations contained in their newly completed TOD Plan. The RTA will assist the Village with analyzing the plan recommendations, reviewing funding and financing options to spur investment, and recommend a financial strategy that will position the Village for future development at the University Park Metra station.

Current Activities

The RTA and University Park staff have completed work to develop project goals and a scope of tasks. The project is now in procurement to find a preferred consultant.

Funding Amounts by Source
Source Amount
RTA $40,000

Last Updated 11.16.2023