Green Transit Program
Public transportation is vital part of making the Chicago region more sustainable. The Chicago region’s transit system, which is comprised of RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace, saves more than 6.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year - that is the equivalent to taking 1 million cars off the road each year. Additionally, the well-utilized, reliable and safe RTA system spurs economic development, reduced congestion and improves mobility for the region’s residents, employees and visitors.
The RTA and its partners - CTA, Metra, Pace, IDOT, CMAP and CDOT – have developed the Chicago Regional Green Transit Plan, which calculates the environmental benefits of transit in the region and provides a roadmap to a making the transit system and region greener. As the sustainability and climate action plan for the region’s public transportation system, the Chicago Regional Green Transit Plan recommends a series of strategies to grow transit ridership and market share, promote transit-oriented communities, improve operational efficiency and green the transit system.