Plan sets direction for investment in transit-supportive infrastructure and development

The Town of Cicero Board of Trustees recently approved the adoption of the Cicero Connections Plan, which provides a vision for transportation and development enhancements in Cicero over the next 20 years. The Plan recommends ways to improve rider access to buses and trains, and identifies the best ways to attract residential and commercial development to nearby transit stations.

“Through this project, the Town of Cicero and the RTA will be able to provide residents better transportation options and encourage more people to use the region’s transit system,” said Cicero Town President Larry Dominick. “I appreciate the time and effort of the Town’s staff and our consultants, The Lakota Group. This couldn’t have been accomplished without the funds and technical assistance provided by the RTA and the West Central Municipal Conference, and the multi-jurisdictional cooperation this work received from Metra, Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Transit Authority, Pace Suburban Bus, Cook County and many others."

The Plan provides a well-defined vision for new developments, revitalization opportunities and transportation improvements around CTA and Pace bus stops, the Cicero Metra station and the CTA’s Pink line stations at Cicero and 54th/Cermak. 

"The RTA is pleased to contribute to Cicero’s vision and implementation by providing funds and technical assistance to develop their plan,” says Leanne Redden, RTA Executive Director, “The Town's efforts to develop this plan illustrates the type of transit-oriented improvements we can bring to riders and residents throughout the RTA region.”

The RTA provided $118,503 in Community Planning funds toward the Plan and the Town of Cicero provided an additional $29,626 for a total of $148,129.This is one of many TOD planning and implementation projects funded through the RTA’s Community Planning Program. To date, the program has completed more than 100 TOD and implementation plans since the late 1990’s using a combination of RTA, local and federal funds, totaling nearly $10 million.

For more information about the RTA’s Community Planning Program, visit www.rtachicago.org/cp

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