News & Updates

Links to the latest reports, news releases, enewsletters, blog posts, and other communications from the RTA can be found on this page. For questions or media inquiries contact Tina Fassett Smith, Director of Communications (Tina.Smith@RTAChicago.org 312-913-3256) or Melissa Meyer, Communications Specialist (MeyerM@RTAChicago.org or 312-913-3121).

Visit the 2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan page for the latest updates on the strategic plan process. Subscribe to receive news from the RTA. View archived news and updates from 2021.


May 2022

Read the Regional Transit Update from May 6 and May 20.

Moody’s upgrades rating on $1.7 billion of RTA bond funds
Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded its rating on approximately $1.7 billion of Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) bonds, reflecting “resiliency in the authority’s tax base following a rapid rebound in taxes after the drop in 2020.” Moody’s improved its rating of the RTA bonds, which are backed primarily by regional sales tax revenue, to A1 from Aa3.


April 2022 

Read the Regional Transit Update from April 22.

RTA convenes stakeholder working groups to discuss strategic plan goals, strategies, and metrics
As part of ongoing development of the next regional transit strategic plan, the RTA has begun convening working groups made up of a range of transit experts, riders, and other stakeholders. Three working groups kicked off in April and will meet through the summer to dive into major topics of the plan and provide recommended goals, strategies, and performance measures. 

RTA launches Financial Results Dashboard ad monthly summaries
The RTA reports financial results from CTA, Metra, and Pace on a monthly basis to compare actual results to budget. Starting in April 2022, the RTA has deployed two new ways to track ongoing financial results.

  • Finance Reporting Dashboard - This dashboard includes an overview of financial data monitored by the RTA. The data is reported to the RTA by CTA, Metra and Pace. Each chart shows actual monthly performance compared to budget.  By default, the dashboard shows systemwide results that combine all three agencies. Year-to-date performance for each measure is shown on the “YTD” tabs, which also contain a brief description of each measure. 
  • Monthly Financial Summaries - Starting with data from February 2022, the RTA will provide monthly written summaries of financial results.

RTA recognizes Service Board's work to fight climate change
Reducing carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels has never been more important, and public transportation is one of the strongest tools we have in the fight against climate change. This Earth Day, the RTA is recognizing the efforts of the CTA, Metra, and Pace to improve the sustainability of their modes by converting to electric fleets and exploring other climate-friendly actions.

  • Watch presentations from CTA and Pace to the RTA Board of Directors on their bus electrification efforts
  • Read more on the blog about how public transit in Northeastern Illinois is going green

March 2022

Read the Regional Transit Update from March 8, March 18, and March 31.

RTA launches Forward for All marketing campaign with CTA, Metra, and Pace
In late March and early April, the RTA launched “Forward for All,” a campaign to show that transit is essential to the recovery and ongoing vibrancy of the Chicago region, contributing to our economy and environment and enabling opportunity in ways and at a scale nothing else can. In the face of COVID-19’s impact on transit ridership, this initial phase of “Forward for All” aims to strengthen this trust and pride in the region’s transit system by building awareness of the economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits of public transportation. Future phases of the multi-year campaign will address challenges to the system and build support for comprehensive solutions stemming from the Regional Transit Strategic Plan currently in development by the RTA and slated for adoption in early 2023.

RTA opens Access to Transit Call for Projects
Mid-March, the RTA opened a Call for Projects for the Access to Transit program through May 20, 2022. The RTA launched the Access to Transit program in 2012 to fund small-scale capital projects that improve access to the regional transit system for pedestrians and bicyclists.To date, the program has funded 37 projects in municipalities throughout the region for a total investment of roughly $22.5 million in Federal, RTA, and local funds. Investing in pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure around transit provides a number of benefits for both local municipalities and the region.

    RTA receives thousands of comments on emerging vision, makes small changes 
    In March, the RTA presented input received on the Emerging Vision, principles, and outcomes for the next regional transit strategic plan. More than 260 people left nearly 1,5000 comments on the document, a high for RTA public comment. RTA staff made slight changes to the vision, principles, and outcomes to reflect a commitment to change and the importance of equity and climate change heard from commenters. These pieces will be part of the next step of plan development, the convening of stakeholder working groups to develop goals, strategies, and performance measures for the plan.

    February 2022

    Read the Regional Transit Update from February 18.

    RTA announces emerging strategic plan vision, seeks public feedback
    In February, the RTA released An Emerging Vision for the Chicago Region's Transit Systemwhich includes a proposed vision statement, principles, and outcomes for the next regional transit strategic plan. The document is open for feedback through March 11, 2022.


    January 2022

    Read the Regional Transit Update from January 14 and January 28.

    RTA launches Fare Programs Online portal
    On January 18, the RTA launched Fare Programs Online, a web-based online customer portal that allows people with disabilities and seniors to apply for, replace, and renew Reduced Fare and Ride Free Permits. The portal can be accessed at Fares.RTAChicago.org. This marks the first time these services are available online. Read more in a press release or on the RTA blog.

    2022 Community Planning Program of Projects released for public comment
    The RTA is accepting public comment on the 2022 Program of Projects for its Community Planning program. The program includes seven new projects selected from the Call for Projects held in October 2021. View the selected projects and submit a comment to applications@rtachicago.org by Friday, January 28, 2022.