Capital Funding

Capital Funding

The 2021 regional capital program funding is $2.505 billion with a five-year program totaling $6.483 billion.

Most (55%) of the 2021 programmed funds are State of Illinois Rebuild Illinois Bond funds and PAYGO funds. Another 27% of the 2021 program is funded by federal dollars, including federal formula and federal discretionary funds. CTA Bond funding and reprogrammed RTA bond funds make up another 17%. The remaining funding (<1%) includes additional Service Board and local funds and RTA Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) funds.

The total five-year program, at $6.483 billion, has a more balanced funding mix between federal, state, and local sources.

The 2021 program continues 2020’s momentum for the region to fund important projects to maintain and enhance the critical transportation network in the RTA region. 

As in 2020, the 2021 program focused on the following principles:
 

  • Begin decreasing the region‐wide backlog of deferred projects.
  • Focus spending on projects that can be completed in a timely manner.
  • Provide near-term programming and planning certainty.
  • Allow for long-term adaptability and transparency of future transportation priorities.
  • Continue conducting transparent, data‐driven project selection through our annual budgeting process.

As in previous years, the primary emphasis of the 2021-2025 capital program is to continue bringing the system’s transit assets toward a state of good repair, and to increase capacities in markets with growing ridership.

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