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Strategic Planning

The RTA is responsible for financial, strategic, and long-term planning for transit in Northeastern Illinois. Under state law, the RTA board is required to adopt a Strategic Plan no less than every five years. This page contains more information about Invest in Transit, the region’s current plan, which was adopted in 2018. 

The new plan Transit is the Answer is available for public comment through January 9 and will be voted on for adoption in February 2023. 

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Invest in Transit: The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for Chicago and Northeastern Illinois

The RTA's current plan, Invest in Transit: The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan was adopted in January 2018 after two years of research, close collaboration with the CTA, Metra, and Pace, and outreach to stakeholders. Invest in Transit sets a bold vision for “transit as the core of the region’s robust transportation mobility network” and underscores the importance of sustainable capital funding in achieving three strategic goals. The plan has guided the collective work of the transit agencies since its passage and yielded success with the passage of Rebuild Illinois in 2019.

Plan Documents

Invest in Transit: The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan 
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Invest In Transit: Plan in Brief 
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Invest In Transit: Priority Projects 
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Annual Progress Report 2020
Annual Progress Report 2019 

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