Cary adopts RTA-supported Downtown Strategic Plan with focus on improving transit connectivity
July 27, 2021
The recently adopted Downtown Cary Strategic Plan, supported by the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) Community Planning program, includes recommendations to improve walkability, access to transit, and quality of life for residents of the McHenry County suburb.
The plan, adopted by the Village of Cary in June 2021, included input from stakeholders such as residents, business owners, village staff, and McHenry County elected officials alongside representatives from regional transportation organizations including the RTA, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metra, and Pace. The RTA Community Planning program has supported more than 200 projects since it was established in 1998 with the goals of encouraging transit-oriented development, improving transit access, and leveraging transit to enhance the local economy.
The Downtown Cary Strategic Plan is set to guide future development with the village’s center as a hub for investment while maintaining the authentic character and charm that makes the area unique. During the public engagement process, Cary residents were asked what they envisioned for the next decade of Downtown Cary. Responses focused on some of Cary’s strongest assets, its strategic location and transportation assets such as the Union Pacific Northwest (UP-NW) Metra line that runs through town.
One of the goals of the plan, “Improve and enhance Downtown Cary’s Connectivity, Mobility, and Parking Systems,” focuses on strategies and actions to support the future of transportation in, to, and from the village, some of which are described below.
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