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22 RTA 1396 Join the RTA Transit is the Answer Coalition to discuss possible reforms to improve service and accountability for riders

Following the introduction of legislation that proposes changes to how the Chicago region’s transit agencies are organized, the RTA continues to lead convers...

Jul 15, 2024
Image 22 RTA0717min RTA releases new fare equity report, recommending fully funding and expanding reduced fare programs

A new report released by the RTA in July, Building a More Equitable Fare Structure for Public Transit in the Chicago Region, recommends that the state legisl...

Jul 11, 2024
221107 RTA 1617 Homewood, Richton Park adopt transit-oriented development plans funded through RTA Community Planning program

This spring, transit-oriented development (TOD) plans were adopted by the villages of Homewood and Richton Park that will make these communities more transit...

Jul 11, 2024
A crowd of people waits on the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line CTA platform as a train approaches. Good news: Regional transit ridership reaches new high as CTA, Metra, and Pace increase service, offer new fare products

Ridership across Chicago’s transit system has continued to increase, with May 2024 seeing the highest ridership levels since 2019 for CTA, Metra, and Pace. T...

Jun 28, 2024
22 RTA 1518 2 Legislative Update: Lawmakers pass state budget, action on transit funding still needed ahead of fiscal cliff

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned this year’s spring legislative session after passing an overall $53.1 billion budget for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025...

Jun 27, 2024
Graphic that says "Transportation Tuesday, attend a four-part webinar series #TransportationTuesday" Read recaps and watch recordings of the RTA's four-part Transportation Tuesday webinar series

The RTA brought back Transportation Tuesday, its popular four-part webinar series each Tuesday May 28–June 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The free, virtual sessio...

Jun 25, 2024
Graphic that says "Transportation Tuesday, attend a four-part webinar series #TransportationTuesday" Transportation Tuesday recap: Transit’s operating funding crisis

The rise of remote and hybrid work and its staying power post-COVID have resulted in significant losses in fare revenue and exacerbated the issue that most s...

Jun 21, 2024
Graphic that says "Transportation Tuesday, attend a four-part webinar series #TransportationTuesday" Transportation Tuesday recap: Building transit-friendly streets and advancing bus rapid transit

Partnering with roadway agencies to build more transit-friendly streets and advance bus rapid transit (BRT) is a goal outlined in the RTA’s regional strategi...

Jun 13, 2024
Graphic that says "Transportation Tuesday, attend a four-part webinar series #TransportationTuesday" Transportation Tuesday recap: Parking mandates and TOD

Parking dominates metropolitan areas of the United States, in both land area and, often, in policy debates related to land use and development. In 2013, the ...

Jun 7, 2024
A young woman in a green sweater looks at her smartphone on a Metra train. Service Boards share robust operational data through new online portals

At the May RTA Board of Directors meeting, RTA staff shared an update on new, streamlined data portals developed by CTA, Metra, and Pace to boost transparenc...

May 30, 2024
Community planning Proposed transit legislation addresses governance reform without addressing critical funding issues

On April 30 State Representative Kam Buckner (D – Chicago) introduced HB5823, the Metropolitan Mobility Authority (MMA) Act. The legislation, which has not a...

May 22, 2024
Mobility hub guide 1 RTA and partners working on Chicago region’s first Mobility Hub Network Framework

The RTA is partnering with the Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC) and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) to develop the Chicago ...

May 14, 2024
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