CHICAGO - The RTA has received federal funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program for seven projects that will improve bike and pedestrian access to the regional transit system.  A total of $2.3 million – consisting of roughly $1.8 million in federal funds, $360,000 in local funds and $100,000 in RTA funds – will be invested in capital improvements like sidewalks, crosswalks, bus shelters, signage and covered bike parking at transit stations and along bus routes.

“Small-scale improvement projects such as these can have large impacts for transit riders by fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all users, regardless of how they access our regional transit system,” said RTA’s Executive Director Leanne Redden. “By creating better bike and pedestrian connections to transit, these projects promote the program’s goals of relieving congestion, reducing emissions and growing transit ridership.”

The projects are selected through the RTA’s Access to Transit Improvement Program, which provides our community partners an opportunity to fund small-scale capital projects that are identified in their transit-oriented development plans or corridor studies completed through either the RTA’s Community Planning program or CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program. The current round of the program has awarded funding for projects in the communities of Bensenville, Brookfield, Chicago Heights, Melrose Park, Northlake, Olympia Fields and Waukegan. A complete description of each project is included in the accompanying table.

This announcement marks the third round of Access to Transit Improvement Program projects to receive funding through CMAQ. Overall, the program has secured nearly $10 million in federal, local and RTA funds for 22 projects in communities throughout the region. To date, construction has been completed on three of these projects with the rest either under construction or in the design phase.

For more information on the Access to Transit Improvement Program, including a detailed list of all the projects funded to date, please visit www.RTAChicago.org.

Project Sponsor

County

Project Type

Project Description

Village of Bensenville                  

DuPage

Metra Station Access Improvements

The proposed project would improve access to the Bensenville Metra Station through the construction of new sidewalks and bike parking at the station and along the adjacent Railroad Ave. Additionally, the commuter parking lot will be reconfigured to enhance pedestrian and transit access to the station through the addition of a bus shelter and sidewalks. Other proposed improvements include widened sidewalks, ornamental roadway lighting, bike racks, crosswalks, and a bus layover area.

Village of Brookfield

Cook

Metra Station Bicycle Parking

The proposed project would add covered bicycle parking at both the Congress Park and Brookfield Metra Stations. Twenty-four racks would be installed at Congress Park and 12 at Brookfield. These stations currently have some of the highest walk mode-of-access shares among all stations on the BNSF line.

City of Chicago Heights

Cook

Pace Route Access Improvements

The proposed project is for access improvements to the Chicago Heights Pace terminal located at 16th St. and Vincennes Ave. They include replacement of existing sidewalks, adding ADA-compliant crosswalks, a bus staging lane and covered bike parking.

Village of Melrose Park

Cook

Metra Station and Pace Route Access Improvements

The proposed project would add various pedestrian improvements to the Broadway Avenue corridor to the north of the Melrose Park Metra Station, which is served by Pace Route 303. Pace Routes 309 and 313 also intersect the corridor at Lake Street. Improvements that include high-visibility crosswalks and decorative-marked intersections would be installed at three intersections with one of the intersections also receiving curb bump-outs and relocation of a bus stop along with bus shelters at Main and Broadway. Bike parking would also be added at the Metra station. 

City of Northlake

Cook

Pace Route Access Improvements

This project proposes to repair a gap in the sidewalk connectivity along Wolf Road near North Avenue. Repairs would allow pedestrians to directly cross the intersection of Wolf Road and an access to drive to a shopping center. This section of Wolf Road is served by Pace Route 309 and Routes 318 and 320 operate nearby on North Avenue. Two bus shelters would also be constructed at the stops just to the south of this intersection as part of the project.

Village of Olympia Fields

Cook

Metra Station and Pace Route Access Improvements

The project proposes a new sidewalk on the north side of Lincoln Highway to connect residential and commercial developments to the east with the 211th Street Metra station on the Metra Electric; a distance of roughly three-quarters of a mile. The proposal also includes lighting under the Metra/CN bridge on Lincoln Highway, as well as landscaping.

City of Waukegan

Lake

Metra Station and Pace Route Access Improvements

This project proposes multi-modal access improvements to multiple Pace Routes on the Washington Street corridor. Route 572 is the primary route that serves the corridor, although Route 562 also serves portions of the corridor and four others connect to it (561, 565, 566, 569). Proposed improvements include bus shelters and concrete pads, wayfinding to important destinations, curb extensions at the intersection with the Robert McClory Bike Path, crosswalk improvements along the project area, and bike parking at the Metra station.