Community Planning

The RTA’s Community Planning program provides funding as well as technical assistance to applicants for implementation and planning projects that benefit the community and the regional transit system. A call for projects is typically issued in the spring of each year, followed by awards made in the fall. Eligible projects include transit-oriented development (TOD) plans, transit corridor plans, TOD zoning code updates, TOD developer discussion panels, transit neighborhood mobility improvement plans, plans to develop special funding districts in transit areas, and other innovative implementation approaches. The Community Planning program strives to not just plan for the future, but to provide assistance that achieves results. To date, the program has completed more than 100 transit-oriented development and implementation plans since the late 1990’s using a combination of RTA, local and federal funds, totaling nearly $10 million.

Municipalities, counties, townships, councils of government / municipal associations, groups of two or more municipalities, and the RTA Service Boards (Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace) located within the RTA's six-county service region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) are eligible to apply to the Community Planning program. Non-governmental organizations must partner with a governmental organization to submit the application.  

If you are seeking planning assistance for projects beyond the above listed categories, please consider CMAP's LTA Program. The program provides staff assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. 

Please visit the RTAMS site to view the status of all previously approved RTA Community Planning studies, review completed reports, and search by various criteria.