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Regional financial and budgetary oversight, funding and transit planning for the CTA, Metra and Pace Suburban Bus.

To comply with a recent Illinois legislation, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus are required t...
06/04/2024

To comply with a recent Illinois legislation, the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus are required to publish monthly operational data on staffing, service, and safety reports on their websites through 2025. As a result, the Service Boards have made significant progress in sharing public information by launching new data portals. Learn more:

Reporting categories and data elements are specified within the act and include: Staffing: budgeted positions, current positions filled, hired staff,…

📢 Register now for this year's first Transportation Tuesday webinar on May 28! Learn how capital projects are advancing ...
05/22/2024

📢 Register now for this year's first Transportation Tuesday webinar on May 28!

Learn how capital projects are advancing equity, sustainability, and accessibility across the Chicagoland region and transit system. Hear from a panel of RTA staff and guests Clare McGuire from Chicago Transit Authority, Roberto Torres from Pace Suburban Bus, and Dustin Clark from Metra.

RSVP here: https://rtachicago.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qc--hqT4jHdfcUsFth5fsN1b0Re7Dphgm #/registration

All riders and frontline workers deserve to feel safe on transit. Read a summary of the discussions held at the RTA regi...
05/22/2024

All riders and frontline workers deserve to feel safe on transit. Read a summary of the discussions held at the RTA regional Safety and Security event from this February, and learn about the priority recommendations that the RTA and Service Boards, along with partners across the region, will be working to advance in the coming months–detailed in our new report: https://transitistheanswer.org/action/safety-summit

The RTA is partnering with the Shared-Use Mobility Center and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways ...
05/17/2024

The RTA is partnering with the Shared-Use Mobility Center and the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways to develop the Chicago region’s first Mobility Hub Network Framework. The framework is intended to serve as a guide for how Cook County, the collar counties, and other regional entities can develop and invest in new community assets that address climate change, equity, access, and affordability.

Learn more in our blog:

The project kicked off in early May 2024, and the outcomes of the study will include a mobility hub framework and policy report for the entire six-county…

The RTA is announcing more than $120,000 in funding for Transit Station Activations, a pilot program to fund one-time ev...
05/16/2024

The RTA is announcing more than $120,000 in funding for Transit Station Activations, a pilot program to fund one-time events that can help improve public safety and a sense of community near Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus stations and stops. These will include:
🔸 Cicero Green Line Station
🔸 63rd and Cottage Grove Green Line Station
🔸 Morse Red Line Station
🔸 Maywood Station
🔸 79th Street Station in Chatham and 147th Street Station in Harvey
🔸 Joliet Transit Center
🔸 Loyola Red Line Station and Bus Routes 151 and 147
🔸 Bus Routes 36 and 81 in Uptown

Read about the details in our press release and we hope to see you at some of the events this summer and fall: https://www.rtachicago.org/about-rta/press-releases/rta-selects-eight-station-activation-projects-for-pilot-program-to-improve-public-safety-near-transit

🔔 The RTA Board of Directors will meet this Thursday, May 16. The agenda will include an update on Transit is the Answer...
05/14/2024

🔔 The RTA Board of Directors will meet this Thursday, May 16. The agenda will include an update on Transit is the Answer implementation and a legislative update. Stream live at 9 a.m. via YouTube:

May 2024 meeting of the RTA Board of Directors. More information on the RTA website at https://rtachicago.org.

The new Metra Peterson/Ridge station in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, opening May 20, will feature RTA interagency s...
05/09/2024

The new Metra Peterson/Ridge station in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, opening May 20, will feature RTA interagency signage to support seamless transfers between our regional transit services.

Over the next 2 years, the RTA will continue to fabricate and install interagency signs, maps and route diagrams at 15 more regional transit stops and stations.

In early April, the RTA wrapped up its second and final round of community engagement to inform development of the Kimba...
05/08/2024

In early April, the RTA wrapped up its second and final round of community engagement to inform development of the Kimball Station Area Curb Management Study, the agency’s first-ever curb and mobility study.

Transit riders and Albany Park residents weighed in at a variety of engagement events, asking for beautification, activation, bus shelters, traffic calming, Spanish-language announcements, and more station area improvements. Read details about the study in our blog:

In early April, the RTA wrapped up its second and final round of community engagement to inform development of the Kimball Station Area Curb Management…

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! To commemorate the invaluable efforts and cultural contributi...
05/07/2024

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

To commemorate the invaluable efforts and cultural contributions AAPI individuals have made—including the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May of 1869—take transit to explore multicultural neighborhoods around the region, partake in celebratory events, and more. Learn how by reading our blog: https://www.rtachicago.org/blog/2024/05/01/how-to-use-transit-to-celebrate-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month

It's back! 🚨 Transportation Tuesday, RTA's popular four-part webinar series, will be live each Tuesday at noon from May ...
05/03/2024

It's back! 🚨 Transportation Tuesday, RTA's popular four-part webinar series, will be live each Tuesday at noon from May 28-June 18.

The free, virtual sessions will allow attendees to hear from experts, ask questions, and learn about hot topics in transportation planning as they relate to implementation of the RTA’s regional transit strategic plan, Transit is the Answer.

Participation is free, but registration is required. Read descriptions and panelist information for each of the four webinars in our blog: https://www.rtachicago.org/blog/2024/05/02/register-now-for-four-part-transportation-tuesday-webinar-series

On May 1, the RTA launched a collection of newly designed brochures, flyers, applications, and fare cards for the ADA Pa...
05/02/2024

On May 1, the RTA launched a collection of newly designed brochures, flyers, applications, and fare cards for the ADA Paratransit, Ride Free, and Reduced Fare programs within RTA’s Mobility Services department.

The updated fare cards in the launch use each program’s respective color boldly across the entire card, which helps transit operators and employees identify each Fare Program from a distance – and quickly. Learn more by reading our blog:

On May 1, the RTA launched a collection of newly designed brochures, flyers, applications, and fare cards for the ADA Paratransit, Ride Free, and Reduced…

💼 The RTA is currently accepting applications to fill the Principal Accountant, Finance, Innovation and Technology posit...
04/30/2024

💼 The RTA is currently accepting applications to fill the Principal Accountant, Finance, Innovation and Technology position. The Principal Accountant is responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and monitoring funds and accounts related to the financial and operational performance of the Agency and Service Boards. Learn more and apply: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3906892936

The RTA is committed to building a greener transit network in Illinois! 🌱🚇Following our U.S. Environmental Protection Ag...
04/26/2024

The RTA is committed to building a greener transit network in Illinois! 🌱🚇

Following our U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Pollution Reduction Grants Program application, "Transforming Transit: Accelerating a Zero-Emission Fleet in the Chicago Region," we are thankful to receive letters of support from the Chicago region's full U.S. Congressional Delegation, as well as a large, bipartisan group and state and local lawmakers, and advocacy and community groups.

CPRG grant funds would be used to deploy electric buses, train sets, and charging infrastructure across the region, with a focus on communities most overburdened by poor air quality, ensuring cleaner, more reliable regional transit service for all.

The application, titled Transforming Transit: Accelerating a Zero-Emission Fleet in the Chicago Region , requests $375 million for CTA, Pace, and Metra to…

On Tuesday, April 30, RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden will participate in an expert panel, "Reinventing the Next Ge...
04/23/2024

On Tuesday, April 30, RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden will participate in an expert panel, "Reinventing the Next Generation of Transportation" at the American Public Transportation Association Mobility Conference.

The discussion will cover working toward collaborative frameworks and transportation solutions that help build sustainable communities and create economic opportunity for all people.

Learn more: https://s6.goeshow.com/apta/mc/2024/fullprogram.cfm?session_key=98D6A05A-ADBA-2169-35EA-0834F7733931&session_date=Tuesday,%20Apr%2030,%202024 #

The RTA recently published its 2023 Local Planning Implementation Story Map, an interactive report of 21 RTA Community P...
04/19/2024

The RTA recently published its 2023 Local Planning Implementation Story Map, an interactive report of 21 RTA Community Planning or Access to Transit projects around the region that are starting soon, in progress, or recently completed.

Read about it and find a link to the report in our blog:

Every year, the RTA’s Local Planning department assists local governments throughout northeastern Illinois on projects that strengthen the region’s…

RTA's Fare Programs Online portal allows eligible older adults and people with disabilities to easily apply for, renew, ...
04/17/2024

RTA's Fare Programs Online portal allows eligible older adults and people with disabilities to easily apply for, renew, or replace their discounted fare or ride free permits. Learn more about the web application and apply now by visiting https://fares.rtachicago.org/.

🚨 The April 2024 RTA Board of Directors meeting has been canceled. The Board will next meet May 16, 2024.
04/17/2024

🚨 The April 2024 RTA Board of Directors meeting has been canceled. The Board will next meet May 16, 2024.

Spring has sprung! 🪻🌷 Enjoy the balmy temperatures by taking the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, or Pace Suburban Bus ...
04/16/2024

Spring has sprung! 🪻🌷 Enjoy the balmy temperatures by taking the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, or Pace Suburban Bus to catch a glimpse of Chicagoland’s rich tradition of landscape architecture via one of the many gardens, arboretums, or conservatories in our region. Find out how in our blog:

Chicago, IL 60637 How to get there: Metra Electric (Univ. Of Chicago/59th St.) and walk 10 minutes (0.5 miles) CTA Bus #2, #6, #15, and #28 (Stony Island…

On April 10, over 80 riders, agency staff, advocates, and other stakeholders met virtually with the RTA for the fourth q...
04/12/2024

On April 10, over 80 riders, agency staff, advocates, and other stakeholders met virtually with the RTA for the fourth quarterly Transit is the Answer Coalition meeting.

Attendees heard from RTA staff on development of a new tool for evaluating equity within the transit network, the launch of the Access Pilot Program to make transit more affordable for low-income Metra riders, new initiatives to improve rider and operator safety, and progress on RTA’s 2024 State Legislative Agenda.

Read the full recap in our blog:

Over 80 riders, agency staff, advocates, and other stakeholders met virtually with the RTA on April 10 for the fourth quarterly Transit is the Answer…

The RTA is seeking funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program to ...
04/11/2024

The RTA is seeking funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program to fight climate change in the Chicago region.

“Transforming Transit: Accelerating a Zero-Emission Fleet in the Chicago region” would allow Chicago Transit Authority, Metra, and Pace Suburban Bus to purchase and deploy green technology benefiting riders and residents, with a focus on communities overburdened by poor air quality and related health effects.

Read more in a press release: https://www.rtachicago.org/about-rta/press-releases/rta-leads-regional-application-for-375-million-to-transform-transit-and-fight-climate-change

As Tax Day approaches on April 15, the RTA is reminding riders about a tax benefit that is good news for both employers ...
04/08/2024

As Tax Day approaches on April 15, the RTA is reminding riders about a tax benefit that is good news for both employers and employees: the RTA Transit Benefit Fare Program. This program is a pre-tax benefit that allows employees to pay for transit fare using pre-tax dollars.

Find out how you can enroll by reading our blog:

As Tax Day approaches on April 15, the RTA is reminding riders about a tax benefit that is good news for both employers and employees: the RTA Transit…

Come work for the RTA during this critical time for transit! 🚇 The RTA has opened several paid internship opportunities ...
04/05/2024

Come work for the RTA during this critical time for transit! 🚇 The RTA has opened several paid internship opportunities for graduate students this summer. Learn more and apply now by visiting https://www.rtachicago.org/careers.

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Northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago depend on safe, reliable trains and buses to get two million riders where they need to go every day. The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan, Invest in Transit, is the region’s case for pursuing dependable funding streams that will enable the Transit Agencies to provide this vital service well into the future. Unfortunately, capital funding has been limited and unpredictable over the past ten years. A capital program of $2 to $3 billion every year would allow the region to make significant improvements.

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