Community Planning This year marks the 20th anniversary of the RTA’s Community Planning program, and the RTA’s involvement in community planning as it relates to public transportation and transit-supportive land use.


The Regional Transportation Authority and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) announce a joint call for projects to solicit planning and implementation project ideas from local governments and transit service boards throughout the region.  By providing technical assistance to complete plans as well as support to implement those plans, the RTA’s Community Planning program has encouraged municipalities in the region to develop walkable and more sustainable communities near transit stations and along transit corridors. Throughout the 20-year history of the program, the RTA has invested over $20 million in nearly 200 projects by partnering with:

  • the CTA, Metra, and Pace
  • the six county governments
  • several councils of mayors
  • roughly half of all local governments that have transit service in the NE Illinois region

This year’s call opens September 6 and applications are to be submitted by 12pm CST on October 26,2018 via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on how to apply, please visit Eligible projects include:


Transit-oriented development (TOD) plans Transit corridor plans
TOD developer discussion panels TOD zoning code updates
Plans to develop special funding districts in transit areas Transit neighborhood mobility improvement plans
Other innovative approaches to transit implementation


Who may apply: 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.

Applications for assistance with planning projects beyond the above listed categories will be considered by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program.

Please visit the RTAMS website to view the status of Community Planning projects that are underway, read about previously completed projects and reports, and to search projects by various criteria.