2022 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) in December of each year. This page contains links to budget materials, public meetings, and other details of the process. 

The 2022 Operating Budget, Two-Year Financial Plan, and Five-Year Capital program will be available on this page in advance of the November 21, 2021 meeting of the RTA Board of Directors.

    Budget materials and public meetings 

    Each Service Board and the RTA will hold its own public hearings on its budget. Below are dates and information that will be updated as more details become available. 

    CTA 

    Proposed budget
    Press release

    CTA will hold a virtual public hearing on the on the proposed 2022-2026 Capital Program of Projects, 2022 Operating Budget and Program, and the Financial Plan for 2023 and 2024 at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11. A link to view the hearing will be available at transitchicago.com/finance. Members of the public who wish to speak at the virtual public hearing are encouraged to submit their request prior to the hearing. Options for providing comment at the virtual hearing or for submission to the Chicago Transit Board are detailed in the press release above. 

    Metra 

    Proposed Budget
    Press release

    Metra will hold eight in-person public hearings and one virtual public hearing on its 2022 Budget . Any person may participate in the virtual public hearing. Members of the public can preregister if they wish to participate in the regional virtual public hearing, but it is not required. More information about ways to submit public comment can be found on Metra's website. The regional public hearing will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 3. Register online. Below is information about in-person public hearings around the region:

    Wednesday, November 3 Thursday, November 4
    City of Chicago
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Metra
    Board Room 13th Floor
    547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
    DuPage County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Clarendon Hills Village Hall
    Village Board Room
    One N. Prospect Ave., Clarendon Hills
    Will County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Will County Office Building
    County Board Room – 2nd Floor
    302 N. Chicago St., Joliet
    North Suburban Cook County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Hanover Park Police Department
    Community Room
    2011 Lake St., Hanover Park
    Lake County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Mundelein Village Hall
    Village Board Room
    300 Plaza Circle, Mundelein
    McHenry County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Crystal Lake City Hall
    City Council Chambers
    100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake
    Kane County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    Kane County Government Center
    Building A – 1st Floor Auditorium
    719 South Batavia Ave., Geneva
    South Suburban Cook County
    4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
    East Hazel Crest Village Hall
    Village Board Room
    1904 W. 174th St., Hazel Crest

     

    Pace 

    Proposed budget
    Press release 

    Pace will hold eight public hearings on its proposed 2022 Operating and Capital Budget Programs, 2022-2024 Financial Plan for Operations, and 2022-2026 Capital Plan. Four meetings will be held virtually and four will be held in person. All meetings will be live streamed with closed captioning at www.pacebus.com/streaming.

    Registration is required for those who would like to provide live comments during a virtual public hearing. More information is available at www.pacebus.com/public-meetings. Those who cannot attend a public hearing may comment on the proposed budget by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 29. 

    DuPage County
    Thursday, Oct. 21 
    4:00 p.m.  
    County Building 
    421 N. County Farm Rd,
    Wheaton, IL 60187 
    McHenry County
    Monday, Oct. 25
    4:30 p.m. 
    Crystal Lake City Hall
    100 W. Woodstock Street, 
    Crystal Lake, IL 60014 
    Kane County 
    Tuesday, Oct. 26 
    4:00 p.m. 
    County Government Center 
    719 S. Batavia Ave. 
    Geneva, IL 60134
    Cook County 
    Wednesday, Oct. 27 
    4:00 p.m. 
    River Grove 
    Village Hall 
    2621 N. Thatcher Ave., 
    River Grove, IL 60171 

    Cook County
    Friday, Oct. 22 
    1:00 p.m. 
    Virtual 

    City of Chicago
    Wednesday, Oct. 27 
    11:00 a.m. 
    Virtual  
    Lake County
    Thursday, Oct. 28   
    2:00 p.m. 
    Virtual 

    Will County
    Friday, Oct. 29  
    Noon 
    Virtual 


    County Board Meetings 

    RTA staff will present draft budget materials to each county board in the region. Links to virtual meetings will be added when available.

    Cook County
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, November 4
    Virtual
    McHenry County
    9:00 a.m. 
    Friday, November 12
    County Administration Building
    667 Ware Rd, Woodstock
    Will County
    10:00 a.m.
    Thursday, December 2
    Virtual
    Lake County
    9:00 a.m.
    Friday, November 5
    Virtual
    DuPage County
    10:00 a.m.
    Tuesday, November 23
    County Board Office
    421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton
    Kane County
    9:45 a.m.
    Tuesday, December 14
    Virtual or in person

    Timeline 

    Development of the 2022 Operating Budget, Two-Year Financial Plan, and Five-Year Capital program takes place over several months with many steps from the RTA and Service Boards.  

    • May: RTA Board adopts annual budget call 
    • July: Release of preparatory funding amounts 
    • September 15: RTA Board adopts proposed funding amounts 
    • October 15: Service boards submit proposed budgets and capital programs to the RTA 
    • October-December: RTA and the Service Boards hold public hearings and give presentations to county board meetings, detailed below 
    • November 15: Statutory deadline for Service Boards to submit adopted budgets 
    • November 18: Service Board present their budgets to the RTA Board of Directors 
    • December 16: RTA Board of Directors considers regional budget for adoption 

    Prior Operating Budgets & Capital Programs