Contact Contact

Making an Impact: How the RTA's Community Planning Program Is Benefiting the Region

December 13, 2016

Blog post photo

By Chris Szmurlo, Senior Planner, RTA

The RTA’s Community Planning program, established in 1998, provides the RTA with a mechanism to enable local governments to create communities that support transit ridership and improve access to public transportation while supporting local economic development goals. The program’s eligible projects range from transit-oriented development (TOD) plans to zoning code updates. All of these efforts have in some way positively impacted the region by revitalizing downtowns, streamlining local development approval processes, and enhancing station areas to become more accessible.

In an attempt to better understand the impact that the program’s completed plans have had on development in our region, the RTA administered a survey to past project partners. The survey asks communities to identify any policy changes or infrastructure improvements that were put in place to support the recommendations from their completed planning efforts. In addition, they are asked to list any new developments that were approved, under construction, or completed in their TOD area during the previous calendar year. The results of the survey are then included in our annual implementation report.

The RTA recently completed Making an Impact, our second annual report. The document, which you can read here, provides an overview of how the RTA's Community Planning program supports TOD, includes a summary of the most recent survey results, and mentions several exemplary communities that have recently been successful in implementing their planning efforts. Making an Impact specifically reported on 28 developments in 2015 with 5 being approved, 13 being under construction, and 10 being completed during the course of the year. These projects include 1,647 residential units, 294,291 square feet of commercial/retail space, 107,502 square feet of office space, and 20,390 square feet of building rehabs at each of the phases of development.

We encourage you to read this year’s implementation report to find out more. For additional information about the Community Planning program, please visit our website.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

* indicates required
Type your email address here
What emails would you like to receive from the RTA
Tagged in: RTAMS

Related Articles

RTA ADA AWARENESS 2020 1 RTA celebrates 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This month the RTA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA transformed society and provided opportunities f...

July 29, 2020
Pace Buses 3569195969 1588881889263 Take a survey to help improve mobility options for older adults and people with disabilities

Do you or someone you know face transportation challenges? The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) wants to hear from you about transportation issues and...

May 7, 2020
Transportation Tuesday Event Brite Banner V3 004 Transportation Tuesday Webinar Series: Attend the 2020 RTA Annual Planning Workshop Virtually

The RTA is launching a four-part webinar series in place of the Annual Planning Workshop due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The free, virtual sessions wil...

April 17, 2020
Call Banner 3485388325 1590696008966 Announcing the 2020 Access to Transit Program Call for Projects for Small-Scale Capital Projects

We are excited to announce that the call for projects for the RTA  Access to Transit Program is now open. The RTA launched the Access to Transit program in 2...

March 13, 2020
22 RTA 0646 Happy International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month from the RTA

Each year the RTA celebrates Women’s History Month in March to recognize the women who work at, and ride, CTA, Metra, and Pace every day. The celebration coi...

March 8, 2020
Survey image How's Your Ride? Take This Survey

We’d like to hear your thoughts about public transit!  The RTA is sponsoring a system-wide customer satisfaction survey and would like your feedback about yo...

March 2, 2020
Copyright © 2024 Regional Transportation Authority. All Rights Reserved.