Program Background

The overall goal of this program is to develop and implement a regionally-interoperable TSP system that works for both CTA and Pace buses traveling on roadways maintained by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and other local DOTs. In addition to the RTA, CTA, Pace, CDOT, and IDOT; other stakeholders include the Cook, DuPage and Lake County DOTs, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Program objectives include using existing bus and roadside equipment to the extent possible, as well as utilizing off-the-shelf technologies for bus-to-intersection communication.

Program Funding and Components

The RTA secured a $36 million federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant and is providing $4 million in local match. These funds are being combined with other federal grants to the CTA and Pace for specific TSP corridors. Together, these federal grants and local match funds are supporting the following program components:

  1. Program Management: Program administration including implementation oversight and post-implementation evaluations.
  2. TSP Design Engineering: Traffic and signal engineering services including preparation of preliminary and final engineering plans and specifications for vehicle and wayside components.
  3. TSP Implementation: Development, procurement and installation of TSP hardware, software, and communications components.