The RTA has invested in transit-oriented development and service improvement studies through the Community Planning program since 1998. To achieve a return on this investment through successful implementation of transit-oriented developments (TOD), service coordination efforts and improved service, the RTA has increased efforts to provide a seamless transition from planning to implementation through technical assistance and support upon the completion of the planning study. A report entitled Setting Ideas in Motion: Highlights of RTA Implementation Efforts has been published summarizing the RTA’s increased efforts, including case studies of communities throughout the region that have seen progress.
The RTA provides a broad range of implementation technical assistance and support, including:
- Coordination with Service Boards (CTA, Metra & Pace), CMAP and other governmental agencies
- Implementation task force/steering committee participation
- Grant/Funding opportunity research
- Letters of support for transit-related projects and grant applications
- Review of TOD concept plans for proposed development
Additionally, the RTA is tracking the implementation progress of all previously-funded Community and Subregional Planning studies by:
- Keeping a database inventory of progress for each study including status of any new or proposed land development, policy changes made or pursued, service improvements/upgrades, and any additional funding secured or pursued;
- Providing quarterly updates to the Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics (RTAMS) System documenting current implementation activities and progress;
- Housing an extensive photo inventory of each station area and corridor to document improvements made
Currently the RTA offers technical assistance and support to previous grantees that have completed planning studies on the existing transit system. Communities that have not completed a planning study through the RTA Funding Programs but would like feedback or support are invited to contact Tony Manno, Project Manager, Local Planning & Programs Division at 312.913.3211 or
Additional information is available at RTA’s Land Use and TOD Initiatives website and RTA's TOD Basics & Resources website.