Regional Transit Strategic Planning

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The RTA is responsible for financial, strategic, and long-term planning for transit in Northeastern Illinois. Under state law, the RTA board is required to adopt a Strategic Plan no less than every five years.   

  • Invest in Transit: The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan was adopted by the RTA Board in January of 2018 after two years of research, close collaboration with the CTA, Metra, and Pace, and outreach to stakeholders. Invest in Transit sets a bold vision for “Transit as the core of the region’s robust transportation mobility network” and underscores the importance of sustainable capital funding in achieving three strategic goals.  The plan has guided the collective work of the transit agencies since its passage and yielded success with the passage of Rebuild Illinois in 2019.    
  • The 2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan began development in August 2021. Three tracks, which focus on funding, planning, and transparent and collaborative engagement, will advance simultaneously to help articulate a strategic vision that will be considered by the RTA Board for adoption in January 2023. Visit the page linked above or subscribe to receive updates from the RTA about the plan process and learn how to get involved.