Regional Transportation Authority


The RTA offers three specific planning, operating, and capital funding programs. These programs target innovative projects that will increase transit usage, improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the region's current transit system, provide for better mobility for seniors and people with disabilities, and improve job access.

Please visit the RTA's Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics (RTAMS)  System to view details of previously approved Funding Programs studies and projects. RTAMS allows users to view the status of all studies and projects, completed reports, and search by various criteria.


Community Planning

The Community Planning program provides funding and planning assistance to applicants for planning projects that benefit the community and the regional transportation system.  Community Planning offers applicants an opportunity to participate in planning projects that will help maximize the use of the transit system.  Eligible projects include the creation of transit-oriented development plans, transit access improvement plans, corridor plans and plan implementation efforts.  The RTA has provided funding and planning assistance through the Community Planning program to over 100 local governments since 1998. To achieve a return on this investment through successful implementation of transit-oriented developments (TOD), transit station access improvement and service coordination efforts the RTA provides a seamless transition from planning to implementation through technical assistance and support upon the completion of the planning study. Interactive map of previously funded Transit-Oriented Development Studies.


Section 5310

The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration, is a program designed to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the country, by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available.


Job Access Reverse Commute / New Freedom

The Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) program is a federally funded program that provides operating and capital assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the transportation needs of eligible low-income individuals and of reverse commuters regardless of income. The New Freedom program provides new public transportation services and public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Projects funded through this program advance the vision and goals of the RTA by reducing transportation barriers and expanding mobility options available to persons with disabilities beyond the requirements of the ADA.

Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE)

The Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) program is a program, established as part of the 2008 Mass Transit Reform Legislation. The program provides funding assistance to enhance the coordination and integration of public transportation and to develop and implement innovations to improve the quality and delivery of public transportation. Projects funded through this program advance the vision and goals of the RTA by providing reliable and convenient transit services and enhancing efficiencies through effective management, innovation and technology. Preliminary Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) Program of Projects 



Metra Weekend Pass

2013 Funding Programs Report


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