Transit Projects and Studies

Transit Projects and Studies

Welcome to the Transit Projects and Studies portion of RTAMS. The RTA leads and participates in a wide variety of transit planning activities in support of the ON TO 2050 Regional Comprehensive Plan developed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Invest in Transit, the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan developed by the RTA and the Service Boards.

The Transit Projects and Studies portion of RTAMS focuses on several key RTA activities including the 5-year regional Capital Program, RTA Project Management Oversight program, and the RTA funding programs. Links to many of the RTA’s other completed studies and projects can be found by searching the Digital Document Library section of RTAMS.  

5-Year Regional Capital Program

The link to the right will take you to more information about the current regional 5-Year Capital Program of projects. By state statute, the RTA Capital Program consists of projects programmed to be undertaken by the CTA, Metra and Pace for the current 5 year period and is adopted by the RTA Board annually. For all projects in the program, funding information is provided for each of the 5 years as well as the description and location of the project.

See the Capital Projects Glossary for more information and definitions. 

Project Management Oversight (PMO) Projects

The link to the right provides information on projects that are part of the RTA's Project Management Oversight (PMO) program. It includes detailed information for projects funded with state funding or with budgets over $10 million. It includes the project description, overall status of the project, project funding, and impacted political jurisdictions. Note, the list of projects is a subset of the projects in the Capital Program that are supported with state funds or with budgets over $10 million.

RTA Programs and Projects

The RTA supports planning, capital and operating projects sponsored by transit providers, local governments and other agencies through a variety of technical assistance activities and funding. The RTA has funded over 400 projects through these programs. The links at right include more information about specific planning programs and studies that have been funded by the RTA over time.  Summaries of each program are list below.

  • Access to Transit Projects

The RTA established the Access to Transit Program to seek capital funding for small-scale projects that increase pedestrian and bicycle access to the transit system.

  • Community Planning Projects

The Community Planning program provides funding and planning assistance to applicants for implementation and planning projects that benefit the community and the regional transit system.

  • Innovative, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Projects

The Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) program is a competitive funding program that provides operating and capital assistance to enhance the coordination of public transportation and for innovations to improve the quality and delivery of public transportation.

  • Section 5310 / Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) / New Freedom (NF) Projects

The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. The Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program was a federally funded program that provided operating and capital assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the transportation needs of eligible low-income individuals and of reverse commuters regardless of income. The New Freedom (NF) program provided new public transportation services and public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).