RTA Moves Transit-Oriented Development Forward Throughout Region
October 14, 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 yesterday 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 that the RTA is funded through the Community Planning program offer staff and resources to grow communities and increase access to transit, a recipe for a win-win for communities and their residents. 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.
Examples of communities that benefited from RTA staff and resources include:
Village of Orland Park (TOD Complete)
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