Community Planning

The RTA’s Community Planning program provides funding and planning assistance to applicants for implementation and planning projects that benefit the community and the regional transit system. The call for projects is typically issued in the spring of each year, followed by awards made in the fall. Eligible projects include transit-oriented development (TOD) plans, transit improvement plans, zoning code updates, TOD developer discussion panels, pedestrian access improvement plans, and other innovative implementation approaches.  The Community Planning program strives to not just plan for the future, but to provide assistance that achieves results. While the RTA and Chicago Metropolitan  Agency for Planning (CMAP) (through its Local Technical Assistance Program) both have separate technical assistance programs, applicants are able to apply for both programs by using one application.  Through this coordination, the RTA and CMAP are able to offer planning and implementation assistance to an expanded base of eligible applicants, align all efforts with the GO TO 2040 Plan and provide interagency expertise, technical assistance and capacity.

Municipalities, counties, townships, councils of government / municipal associations, groups of two or more municipalities, and the RTA Service Boards (Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace) located within the RTA's six-county service region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) are eligible to apply to the Community Planning program. Non-governmental organizations must partner with a governmental organization to submit the application.  

If you are seeking planning assistance for projects beyond the above listed categories, please consider CMAP's LTA Program.  The program provides staff assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. 

Please visit the RTAMS site to view the status of all previously approved RTA Community Planning studies, review completed reports, and search by various criteria.