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2024 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). Read the 2024 Adopted Regional Transit Budget and Capital Program Appendix.

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On December 14, 2023, the RTA Board of Directors voted to adopt the 2024 Regional Transit Operating Budget, Two-Year Financial Plan, and Five-Year Capital Program.

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Transit Agency Budgets

CTA, Metra, and Pace release their budgets and capital programs in October. View budget documents, press releases, dates for public hearings, and how to submit comment below.

CTA

View CTA Proposed 2024 Operating Budget and Capital Program and learn more about highlights of their budget in a press release.

A public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at 

CTA headquarters 
567 W. Lake Street, Second floor conference room
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Written comments may be submitted for consideration in the following manner: by correspondence addressed to Chicago Transit Authority, Office of the Board Secretary, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois 60661; by hand delivery to the above address turned in to the first floor mail room; by fax to 312-681-5035; or by email to Boardoffice@transitchicago.com. Written comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

Metra

View Metra Proposed 2024 Operating and Capital Program and Budget and learn more about highlights of their budget in a press release.

Metra will be holding a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, November 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Information on how to register is in the press release linked above. Written comments via U.S. mail can be sent to the attention of Karen Hullinger, Assistant Secretary to the Commuter Rail Board, Room 1300, 547 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60661. Comments will also be accepted via voicemail to 312-322-1006, or email to: 2024budgetcomments@metrarr.com. The virtual public hearing will be recorded, and a copy will be retained by Metra in compliance with Illinois law.


Wednesday, November 1, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Thursday, November 2, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Will County
Joliet City Hall
Council chambers
150 W. Jefferson St.
South Suburban Cook County
East Hazel Crest Village Hall
Village Board Room
1904 W. 174th St.
DuPage County
Clarendon Hills Village Hall
Village Board Room
One N. Prospect Ave.
Kane County
Kane County Government Center
Building A – 1st Floor Auditorium
719 S. Batavia Ave.
Geneva
City of Chicago
Metra
Board Room 13th floor
547 W. Jackson Blvd.
North Suburban Cook County
Hanover Park Police Department
Community Room
2011 Lake St.
Lake County
Mundelein Village Hall
Village Board Room
300 Plaza Circle
McHenry County
Crystal Lake City Hall
City Council Chambers
100 W. Woodstock St.



Pace

View Pace 2024 Operating Budget, 2025-2026 Two-Year Financial Plan, and 2024-2028 Five-Year Capital Program

Any person wishing to comment on the proposed budget may do so by attending a virtual or in-person public hearing, at Pace’s website www.pacebus.com/public-hearing-feedback, by email to public.hearings@pacebus.com, by telephone to (847) 354-7943, or by mail to: Pace, Community Relations Department, 550 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4412. All comments must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 27, 2023.

To provide live comments during a virtual public hearing, pre-register for the October 23 hearing here or the October 25 hearing here. The deadline for pre-registering is 24 hours prior to the public hearing start time. Both virtual public hearings begin at noon.

Event

Date

Time

Location

Lake County

Thursday, October 19, 2023

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Waukegan Public Library
Bradbury Room, Lower Level
128 N. County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

Will County

Friday, October 20, 2023

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Joliet Public Library
McGuire Meeting Room
150 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Virtual Hearing #1

Monday, October 23, 2023

12:00 PM

Virtual

Kane County

Monday, October 23, 2023

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Kane County Government Center
Auditorium
719 S. Batavia Avenue
Geneva, IL 60134

Cook County

Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Elmer Wolf Community Center
2607 North Thatcher Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171

Virtual Hearing #2

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

12:00 PM

Virtual

DuPage County

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

DuPage County Admin. Building
Room 3500B
421 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 6018

McHenry County

Thursday, October 26, 2023

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

McHenry County Admin. Building 
Conference Rooms A & B
667 Ware Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098

2024 Budget Schedule

After CTA, Metra, and Pace will each submit their budgets, the RTA as the oversight agency, works to develop a Regional Transit Operating Budget and Capital Program to be released for public comment and voted on by the RTA board in December.

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The RTA will release a draft of the 2024 Regional Operating Budget and Capital Program in early November. The regional budget will be available for public comment November 16 through December 7, 2023. RTA staff will present the regional budget in each county and accept comments through a virtual public hearing to be held via Zoom from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7. Register for the public hearing here. 

The RTA Board of Directors will vote on the budget on Thursday, December 14, 2023.

County Board Schedule

CountyMeeting DateLocation
CookTuesday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m.County Board Room
118 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL
McHenryWednesday,  November 1, at 8:15 a.m. McHenry County Administration Building
Conference Rooms A & B
667 Ware Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098
DuPage
Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m.
DuPage Center Administration Building
County Board Room, 3rd floor
421 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL
Lake
Wednesday, November 29 at 8:30 a.m. Lake County Board Office
18 N. County Street, 10th Floor
Waukegan, IL
Will

Thursday, December 7, at 1:00 p.m.
Will County Board Office
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, Illinois 60432
Kane
Tuesday, December 12 at 9:45 a.m.
Kane County Government Ctr.
719 S. Batavia Ave., Building A
Geneva, IL
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Timeline

Development of the 2024 Operating Budget, Two-Year Financial Plan, and Five-Year Capital program takes place over several months.

  • May: RTA Board adopts annual budget call
  • July: Release of preparatory funding amounts
  • September: RTA Board adopts proposed funding amounts
  • October: 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
  • November 15: Statutory deadline for Service Boards to submit adopted budgets
  • November 16: Service Board present their budgets to the RTA Board of Directors
  • December 14: RTA Board of Directors considers regional budget for adoption

2023 Budget documents are here.

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