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). Following a month-long public comment period, the RTA Board will consider the proposed 2021 Regional Transit Operating Budget and Capital Program for adoption at its December 17, 2020 meeting.

The RTA welcomes public comment on the proposed budget materials from now through December 17, 2020, and will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, December 3, 2020, to facilitate public comments, which also may be submitted by email to communications@rtachicago.org. Please see below for more details about how to provide comment and how to join the RTA virtual public hearing.

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. Please click the respective links for details, and to watch recordings of the virtual meetings.


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.)

To attend the RTA Proposed 2021 Operating Budget, Two-Year Financial Plan, and Five-Year Capital Program Virtual Public Hearing on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., please register here. After registering, you will receive a link to join that you can add to your calendar. You will also receive a reminder via email prior to the meeting.
The public is also welcome to provide comment by

For those who would prefer to watch but not provide comment at the hearing, it will be livestreamed via YouTube beginning at 5:00 p.m., on December 3. Following the meeting, a recording will be available on this page.


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