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22 RTA 0451 Project Management Oversight report highlights more than $7 billion in ongoing transit investments

Twice a year the RTA publishes a Project Management Oversight (PMO) report that details major transit investments by CTA, Metra, and Pace and fulfills our ov...

March 8, 2023
22 RTA 1532 Understanding capital vs. operating funding and why it matters

Funding the second largest transit system in the country is a large and complicated task. It’s true, Chicagoland’s transit system is facing a $730 million an...

February 2, 2023
221107 RTA 1614 RTA to measure capital projects on equity, climate impacts, and more

The Chicago Region is home to one of the largest transit systems in the nation with approximately 1,500 miles of track, 7,500 vehicles, 400 stations, and 70 ...

February 2, 2023
22 RTA 0400 Chicago area transit agencies win federal grants to continue to improve, expand system

In 2023, Chicago area transit agencies will use millions in newly available federal transit funding to make the system more reliable, sustainable, and access...

January 13, 2023
Infastructure Blog 1 1 Climate and equity themes from federal infrastructure law will be reflected in RTA strategic plan

With Illinois slated to receive at least $4 billion in federal funds for public transit over the next five years from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, elec...

September 29, 2022
Rebuild Illinois Capital Projects 1110x545 Federal infrastructure dollars are flowing to the RTA system, with needed capital projects underway

Approximately $250 million in federal capital funding, largely from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), has recently been added to the RTA cap...

July 28, 2022
PMO Blog Header 1110x545 1 RTA oversight ensures transit projects are delivered on time, on budget

Throughout 2021, work to enhance the region’s transit system continued with 80 capital projects underway across CTA, Metra, and Pace that translated to $7.16...

January 21, 2022
Capital allocation Blog New performance-based Capital Allocation Structure relies on data and policy priorities to distribute funds

Ensuring that capital funding for the Chicago region’s transit system is spent wisely is a core function of the RTA. The agency is continually working to im...

June 17, 2021
Ride On Blog Capital Program 730 x250 Analysis of capital projects shows most funding directed toward transit safety and reliability, but needs remain

Amid one of the most challenging years for transit, the RTA and the three Service Boards (CTA, Metra, and Pace) continue to advance key capital projects that...

December 16, 2020
IF Blog Post Images RTA releases Framework for Transit Capital Investments for public comment

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) opened a public comment period for its new regional Framework for Transit Capital Investments. Prepared by RTA s...

July 16, 2020
2020 Calendar 3 A Look Back on 2019: State Passes Rebuild Illinois, Largest Capital Bill in a Decade

Dear transit riders, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and reflect on the RTA’s accomplishments over the past year. The RTA’s 2020-2024 capital progr...

December 30, 2019
Budget pass blog post RTA Board Approves 2020 Regional Transit Operating Budget and Five-Year Capital Program

I’m pleased to report that the RTA Board of Directors today adopted the 2020-2024 capital program and 2020 annual operating budgets for the RTA and for the C...

December 19, 2019
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