Regional Transit Strategic Plan
What is it?
The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan (the Strategic Plan) will provide a visionary roadmap for near-term transit investment in the RTA six-county area. Through the Strategic Plan, the Chicago region’s transit agencies – RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace – will join forces to talk about the capital investments that are needed over the next five years to deliver great public transportation in light of changing demographics, transportation, and technology. The Strategic Plan will serve as a guide to each of the transit agencies in planning and funding future projects as well as carrying out the unique day-to-day activities needed to meet passenger needs that vary widely across the large and diverse region.
Why do we need it?
The transit agencies are challenged by an old and aging transit system, limited funding, and a changing mobility landscape. The Strategic Plan provides an opportunity to talk about pressing issues and invite the transit agency Boards, stakeholders, staff, and the public to collaborate in developing shared priorities and solutions for the transit system. Further, the RTA is required to prepare and adopt a Strategic Plan every five years, as mandated by the 2008 RTA Act. The existing plan, the 2013-2018 Regional Transit Strategic Plan, is due to be replaced in 2018.
How do we do it?
Conduct RESEARCH to develop a foundation for plan development
ENGAGE stakeholders and the public
ADOPT the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan
Throughout 2017, transit agency staff will also be collaborating with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) as CMAP develops ON TO 2050, the next regional comprehensive plan that will cast a long-term vision for the region. The ON TO 2050 development process includes extensive public outreach and several workshops that will be used as a forum for collecting public input related to the transit system. See the CMAP website for a list of public events and opportunities to participate.