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    Comment on the 2023 Regional Budget

    The 2023 Regional Transit Budget and Capital Program includes $3.6 billion to keep buses and trains moving and $5.7 billion in projects to maintain and improve the system. Comment on the budget by December 15.

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    Planning for transit’s future

    The RTA will soon release a plan co-created with hundreds of stakeholders. The draft Regional Transit Strategic Plan will be out for public comment in December.

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    Fare Programs Online

    More than 25,000 people have used the new Fare Programs Online portal so far this year to apply for discounted or free transit. See if you qualify and apply today..

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A government agency created by the State of Illinois to coordinate the Chicago region’s transit system, oversee its financing with transparency and accountability, and plan for a future with adequate, accessible, and equitable public transportation for the six counties of Northeastern Illinois. Learn more about the work we do...

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The RTA in action

The RTA has invested more than $22.5 million in communities to improve access to transit for bicyclists and pedestrians. Improvements like new sidewalks, signage, and shelters make transit safer and more enjoyable for riders.

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Access to Transit

The RTA has selected ten projects for its Access to the Transit program, which provides funding to municipalities to complete engineering and construction for small-scale capital improvements, such as filling sidewalk gaps and installing covered bicycle parking, that improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to transit.

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Explore and download transit data

View ridership statistics, maps, and find out where we are investing in transit infrastructure near you on RTAMS, the Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics website.

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