RTA ICE Funding Provides Bus Shelters and Pads Along Kane County’s Randall Road Print E-mail
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Innovative, Coordination and Enhancement (ICE) program provided funding for bus shelters along Randall Road, offering relief for passengers traveling during inclement weather.

Through $880,00 in grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the RTA ICE program, bus shelters and pads have been installed as recommended in the Kane County Randall Road Pace Route 529 Plan, the Village of South Elgin Transit Improvement Plan, and the Kane County 2040 Long Range Transit Plan Community Planning projects.

“Riders along Pace Routes 529 and 801 can now enjoy bus shelters that will shield them from the rain and snow. The new pads and shelters will especially benefit our riders with disabilities, as they no longer have to wait in the grass in their wheelchairs or other mobility aids.” said Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke, adding that this project will lead to a greater cause.

“The implementation of the bus shelters and pads is the first step to enhancing how riders access transit in our region. We anticipate that these improvements will increase ridership along Randall Road. With increased transit use along the corridor, we can look into the possibility of transit expansion with buses along this route, connecting riders to future bus-on-shoulder routes that will take riders to O’Hare airport. Another added value that will save riders money and time,” Schielke said.

Additionally, Pace received a $2.4 million Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant that addressed pedestrian improvements along Pace route 529 as recommended in the RTA-funded Kane County Randall Road Pace Route 529 Community Planning study. The Kane County Department of Transportation was awarded $1.3 million in CMAQ funding for the installation of bus shelters, waiting pads, crosswalk markings, pedestrian signals, accessible ramps and sidewalks along Pace Route 801, as recommended in the South Elgin Transit Improvement Plan and Kane County 2040 Long Range Transit Plan Community Planning projects.

These improvements stemmed from the installation of bus pads and shelters, sidewalk connections and other amenities to improve riders’ commute.

“These projects meet real needs of transit riders and are ‘concrete’ examples of the work the RTA does every day,” said RTA Acting Executive Director Leanne Redden. “One of our goals is to eliminate barriers that may exist to a person riding our transit system, and these capital projects literally build the connections necessary to retain current riders and attract new ones.”

These are just a few of the projects funded with the $20.8 million in capital dollars from various sources that help to implement recommendations from the RTA’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. The plan’s goals, developed in collaboration with the CTA, Metra and Pace, include providing valuable, reliable, accessible and attractive transportation options throughout the region.

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Access to Transit Funding Sources and Project Timelines

The RTA has helped secure and/or administered capital funding from a number of sources described below:

  1. Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) – CMAQ is a federally-funded program administered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Funding is used for surface transportation improvements designed to improve air quality and mitigate congestion.
  2. New Freedom (NF) – NF is a federally-funded program administered by theFunding is used for projects that reduce transportation barriers and expand mobility options available to persons with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
  3. Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) – ICE is a program administered by the RTA designed to enhance the coordination and integration of public transportation and to develop and implement innovations to improve the quality and delivery of public transportation.

Completed Projects Since 2011

Kane County Randall Road Pace Route 529 Plan

Pace was awarded $880,000 in FTA and ICE funding for 33 bus shelters and pads along Randall Road, as recommended in the Kane County Randall Road Pace Route 529 Plan Community Planning project.

Pace Bus Shelter Improvements

Pace was awarded $600,000 in NF funding for concrete pads to replace dirt patches, making getting to Pace bus stops and shelters easier. The 65 pads that are installed allow a landing area for a wheelchair lift.

Bike – Transit Connections at CTA and Metra Stations

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) was awarded $300,000 in ICE funding for the installation of bicycle parking facilities at CTA's Red Line 95th Street, Orange Line Western Avenue, the Red Line Loyola and Howard Street stations, Metra's Clybourn Union Pacific Northwest Line station and the Metra Electric District 55th, 56th-57th Street stations.

Upcoming Projects 2014 – 2017

La Grange Comprehensive Plan Update and BNSF Corridor Plan

The Village of La Grange received $308,000 in CMAQ funding along with a $77,000 RTA match for pedestrian crossing improvements and enhanced bicycle parking, as recommended in the La Grange Comprehensive Plan Update and BNSF Corridor Plan Community Planning project.

Evanston Multi-Modal Master Transportation Plan

The City of Evanston was awarded $480,000 in CMAQ funding for a bike lane on Dodge Avenue between Church Street and Howard Street, implementing recommendations for improved access to existing transit services in Evanston from the Evanston Multi-Modal Master Transportation Plan Community Planning project.

South Lakefront Corridor / Reconnecting Neighborhoods Plans

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) was awarded $260,000 in CMAQ funding to improve pedestrian access at the 35th Street/IIT Green Line Station. These improvements include a pedestrian plaza and pedestrian countdown signals and crosswalks on 35th Street to improve traffic flow, as well as improved pedestrian crosswalks and curb extensions at the North Avenue and Clybourn Red Line Station, as recommended in the South Lakefront Corridor and Reconnecting Neighborhoods Community Planning projects.

DuPage County Transit Plan Update

The Village of Glen Ellyn was awarded $151,000 in CMAQ funding and an additional $37,000 RTA match for the installation and upgrade of pedestrian countdown signals, sidewalk ramps, and new sidewalks along Pace Route 301, as recommended in the DuPage County Transit Plan Update Community Planning project.

Harlem Avenue Corridor

The City of Palos Heights was awarded $620,000 in CMAQ funding and an additional $124,000 RTA match for the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian countdown signals along Pace Routes 383 and 386, as recommended in the Harlem Avenue Corridor Community Planning project.

Maywood Station Area Planning Study

The Village of Maywood was awarded $1.2 million in CMAQ funding for the construction of a new station house at the Maywood Metra Station, as recommended in the Maywood Station Area Planning Study Community Planning project.

DuPage County Transit Plan

The City of Aurora was awarded $1.6 million in CMAQ funding to extend Station Boulevard to the Route 59 Metra commuter parking lot. This extension will allow for improved access and additional Park-n-Ride opportunities, as recommended in the DuPage County Transit Plan Update Community Planning project.

Rolling Meadows Golf Road Study

The City of Rolling Meadows was awarded $975,000 in CMAQ funding and an additional $243,000 RTA match for the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian signal heads along Pace bus stops on Golf Road, as recommended in the Rolling Meadows Golf Road Transit and Pedestrian Mobility Study Community Planning project.

Milwaukee Avenue Improvements

Pace was awarded $9.5 million in CMAQ funding for infrastructure improvements along Milwaukee Avenue between the Jefferson Park Blue Line Station and Golf Mill Shopping Center, including station upgrades, installation of real-time information signage, and designated lanes that allow buses priority over automobiles along the corridor. This project implements elements from the Pace Transit Signal Priority Planning for the Milwaukee Avenue Arterial Rapid Transit and Niles Bus Oriented-Development Plan for Milwaukee Avenue Community Planning projects.

Kane County Randall Road Pace Route 529 Plan and Harlem Avenue Corridor

Pace was awarded $2.4 million in CMAQ funding for pedestrian improvements such as sidewalk connections, shelters and bus pads along Pace Routes 350, 352, 364, 572, 529, 381, 395, 877, and 888. This funding will implement recommendations for improved pedestrian access to Pace bus service from the Kane County Randall Road Pace Route 529 Plan and Harlem Avenue Corridor Community Planning projects.

Naperville Metra Station Bus Depot and Commuter Access Feasibility Study

The City of Naperville was awarded $229,000 in CMAQ funding for a centralized traffic management system that synchronizes traffic signals to facilitate easier traffic flow along Washington Street, which will positively impact the implementation of recommendations from the Naperville Metra Station Bus Depot and Commuter Access Feasibility Study Community Planning project.

South Elgin Transit Improvement Plan and Kane County 2040 Long Range Transit Plan

The Kane County Department of Transportation was awarded $1.3 million in CMAQ funding for the installation of bus shelters, waiting pads, crosswalk markings, pedestrian signals, accessible ramps and sidewalks along Pace Route 801, as recommended in the South Elgin Transit Improvement Plan and Kane County 2040 Long Range Transit Plan Community Planning projects.

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