RTA Moves Transit-Oriented Development Forward Throughout Region
September 24, 2015
September 24, 2015
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is a leader in fostering Transit Oriented Development (TOD) creation in the six-county RTA region and is proud to support the City of Chicago’s passage of a TOD reform ordinance that enhances incentives to encourage development near transit stations. The new ordinance expands the size of TOD zones, allowing more growth around Chicago Transit Authority and Metra stations, and eliminates some parking requirements, with the goal of providing more access to transit and affordable housing.
The RTA has allocated approximately $20 million in RTA, local and federal funds through its Community Planning program to more than 178 transit-related projects around the region over the past 17 years. Nearly 70 percent of those projects are TOD Plans or in support of TOD plans.
“The planning studies we’ve funded through our Community Planning program offer staff and resources to grow communities and increase access to transit, a recipe we believe is a win-win for communities and their residents,” said RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden. “Our colleagues at the Metropolitan Planning council worked with City of Chicago officials to facilitate passage of this ordinance and we are pleased that it became the law of the land today.”
Examples of communities that benefited from RTA staff and resources include:
Village of Orland Park (TOD Complete)
Village of Palatine Plan (TOD in Progress)
Learn more about the RTA’s Community Planning program and other TOD projects.
About the RTA
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the only transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and paratransit. The RTA region serves two million riders each weekday in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois. The Agency also provides customer services including on-line and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.RTAchicago.com.