2021 Regional Transit Operating Budget and Capital Program

The RTA reviews, adopts, and monitors the annual operating budgets and five-year capital programs of all three Service Boards (CTA, Metra, and Pace). The RTA Board voted to adopt the proposed 2021 regional transit operating budget and capital program at its meeting on December 17, 2020.

The public was invited to comment on the proposed budget materials from November 9 through December 17, 2020. The RTA held a virtual public hearing on December 3, 2020, to facilitate public comments, which were also accepted by email, U.S. mail, and phone throughout the comment period. 

Transit Agency Materials and Hearings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings were held by each of the transit Service Boards — CTA, Metra, and Pace — for the public to comment on the agencies' respective budgets and capital programs. These virtual meetings featured RTA officials discussing the overall regional budget and capital program. 

Proposed Budget and press release
Public Hearing (Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m.)

Proposed Budget and press release
Public Hearing (Thursday, November 5, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)

Proposed Budget and press release
Lake County Public Hearing (Friday, October 23, 10:00 a.m.)
Cook County Public Hearing (Monday, October 26, 3:00 p.m.)
DuPage County Public Hearing (Tuesday, October 27, 4:00 p.m.)
McHenry County Public Hearing (Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 p.m.)
Kane County Public Hearing (Thursday, October 29, 4:00 p.m.)
Will County Public Hearing (Friday, October 30, 11:00 a.m.)

Proposed Budget
Public Hearing (Thursday, December 3, 5:00 p.m.)

County Board Meetings

Listed below are additional virtual meetings where RTA staff will present draft budget materials. Please click the respective links for details, and note that pre-registration may be required.

Lake County Board (Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 a.m.)
McHenry County Committee of the Whole (Thursday, November 12, 9:00 a.m.)
Cook County Transportation Committee (Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 a.m.)
DuPage County Board (Tuesday, November 24, 10:00 a.m.)
Kane County Board (Tuesday, December 8, 9:45 a.m.)
Will County Executive Committee (Thursday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.)

Prior Operating Budgets & Capital Programs