The Community Planning program is competitive, and it is expected that more project applications will be received than can be accommodated. Each application will be initially screened for program eligibility based on the following:

  • Project located in the six-county RTA service area
  • Eligible applicant
  • Eligible project type
  • Project does not duplicate a previous project (i.e. projects may be updated for valid reasons, but projects that duplicate other recent efforts will not be selected)
  • Project located on the existing transit system

Eligible projects will then be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment of the project with the recommendations of the Regional Transit Strategic Plan, the recommendations of GO TO 2040, and emerging ON TO 2050 priorities
  • Feasibility and ability to implement the plan or project
  • Implementation projects must implement a recommendation from a completed plan (TOD plan, Corridor Plan, etc.). Priority for implementation assistance will be given to previous RTA grantees, but others are also eligible to apply.
  • Transit Service Board feedback

The following project applications have been received by the RTA through the Community Planning Call for Projects and are being reviewed for inclusion in the 2018 Community Planning Program of Projects. These applications will be reviewed through August and a preliminary program will be available for public comment in September. For more information on a particular project, click on the applicant name in the chart below to view the project application.

ApplicantProject TitleDescription
City of Wheaton   Corridor Study  This project seeks to evaluate redevelopment policies for the East Roosevelt Road corridor. The project would recommend ways to improve transit accessibility and identify potential transit complementary land uses. Additionally, the project would explore small-scale office land use configurations that are more reflective of current market conditions and explore ways to preserve the affordable housing opportunities within the corridor. 
Village of Bartlett TOD Zoning Code Overlay  This project seeks to implement Bartlett’s 2016 Downtown Transit-Oriented   Development (TOD) Plan by updating their current zoning ordinance. The   Village is interested in using form-based zoning codes to attract mixed-use   developments. Through this project the Village would create a downtown   overlay zoning district to guide development in the TOD area.
Village of Niles Transit Station Feasibility Study This project proposes a feasibility study for a new Metra commuter rail station along the Milwaukee North Line. The project also will examine the best way to provide multi-modal transportation access to/from an adjacent employment center. The project supports the Village's planned mixed-use development of the Touhy triangle area (Touhy Avenue, Lehigh Avenue, and Gross Point Road).
Village of Winthrop Harbor TOD Developer Discussion Panel The Village seeks to implement the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Plan that was created in 2005 by convening a developer discussion panel. The Village is looking for guidance how to attract development/redevelopment opportunities in their TOD area.
Village of Maywood TOD Plan / Update This project will update the station area plan for the area surrounding the new Maywood Metra commuter rail station. The focus of the planning effort will be along the 5th Avenue and Lake Street downtown business corridors within a quarter mile of the station and will explore ways to increased residential density and affordable housing near the station.
Village of Robbins TOD Plan As part of a proposed stormwater solution to remove approximately 140 acres from the floodplain the Village would like to study the area for potential development. The Village envisions a mixed-use neighborhood with a stormwater park to the north. Proximity to the Metra station will serve as a major draw to attract new residents, creating demand for greater retail options and other developments in the area. For this application the RTA is exploring a possible partnership with CMAP, who would be the lead agency.
City of North Chicago Transit Station Feasibility Study This project will explore a roadway realignment of 17th Street at Sheridan Road to create a new and convenient bus transit hub directly adjacent to the North Chicago Metra station. The roadway realignment will also provide a safer pedestrian and bicycle environment. The study will also address the rerouting of Pace bus routes 563 and 564, as well as paratransit and shuttle bus access to take advantage of the proposed roadway realignment and transit hub.
Pace Suburban Bus Transit Corridor Study for I-290 This study will develop specific transit plans for the I-290 corridor to operate express bus service within future High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. The planning study will identify routing networks, service designs, preliminary schedules, vehicle requirements, needed supportive transit infrastructure, and cost estimates associated with a reconfigured I-290 with HOT lanes.
Village of LaGrange Park Corridor Study This project would develop a comprehensive corridor plan that would unify existing residential and underutilized commercial uses along the LaGrange Road Corridor from the BNSF tracks on the south to Harding Avenue on the north. The Plan will identify ways to enhance corridor/area attractiveness, improve functionality of the roadway network, increasing east-west pedestrian linkages, plan for the redevelopment of the existing Village Market site and enhancing connections to public transportation.
City of Chicago Corridor Study This project will develop a plan on two corridors: the East 75th and East 79th Street corridors, between Stony Island Avenue and the lakefront in the South Shore neighborhood. The plan will focus on land use, business retention, housing and connectivity to transit for both corridors.
Village of Mundelein Transit Corridor Funding Study This study seeks to create a coordinated sub-regional investment plan framework focused on the communities served by the Metra North Central Service. Project initiatives will identify planned enhancements to the line, outline implementation strategies, identify traditional and non-traditional funding sources for infrastructure improvements, and provide parameters for legal authority to move forward.
Village of Schiller Park TOD Plan This project will create a transit-oriented development plan for the Village of Schiller Park on land formerly used an intermodal railyard. The availability of this land in the center of the Village creates a major redevelopment opportunity and this project will help the Village envision its future potential.
Village of Brookfield TOD Developer Discussion Panel This project will assist the Village of Brookfield with a Developer Discussion Panel to gather guidance and advice from development experts. The objective is to attract development to vacant sites and encourage infill development. The Developer Discussion Panel will help the Village determine goals and needs in order to best utilize the land.
Town of Cicero Zoning Code Update This project will update the Town’s Zoning Code to align with their recently adopted Cicero Connections Initiative Plan, funded by the RTA, and the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. The project will explore form based code elements to create a unified and streamlined zoning code process that will attract development, and will recognize the availability of transit service to explore greater density in commercial neighborhoods, sustainable development principles, and reduced zoning code parking requirements.

The procurement process for selected projects that require consultant assistance will commence once projects are accepted into the program and approved by the RTA Board of Directors. A consultant team should not already be procured at the time of application or at any point during the RTA’s application review and selection process.