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Why this is important

Encouraging transit-friendly policies and investment in walking and biking infrastructure for the more than 200 communities within the RTA region will help improve transportation for all. Equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) is development that enables all people to experience the benefits of dense, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development near transit. There is strong evidence that eTOD is particularly important in mitigating the effects of gentrification and the impact that unequal housing costs can have.

The RTA’s Community Planning and Access to Transit programs have helped local governments plan for multi-modal, pedestrian friendly, sustainable communities near transit stations and along transit corridors and complete capital projects that make transit more accessible by foot and bike. Even with these programs, there is still work to be done across the region in continuing to maximize the value of transit and to making sure that there is equitable access to affordable housing near transit. 



Investment from RTA on 226 Community Planning projects


RTA and federal funding on 63 Access to Transit projects

University Park transit-oriented development plan reimagines Metra Electric terminus station area

May 1, 2023

RTA to create guide for local governments to enact transit-friendly policies

October 18, 2023

RTA announces Access to Transit project awards that will improve bicycle and pedestrian access near transit throughout the region

November 1, 2023

Far South Halsted Corridor Study prepares for future Pace Pulse service

January 25, 2024

RTA selects projects for Access to Transit program, bringing bike and pedestrian improvements throughout the region

March 21, 2024

Community Planning

Access to Transit

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Input from stakeholder working groups

Stakeholder working groups proposed continuing many of the existing RTA efforts to work with communities to plan for transit supportive development at and around stations and stops, and ways to directly engage with residents and riders on how best to improve access to transit. Additionally, working groups pressed for the creation of more units of affordable, accessible, multi-family housing while preventing displacement of current residents from transit-rich neighborhoods and communities.

Advocacy work ahead

RTA will proactively work with communities to apply and participate in RTA’s and CMAP’s funding programs to build more transit-friendly neighborhoods. RTA will also update the Setting the Stage for Transit report, to set standards for communities that host transit services and hold them accountable for land-use decisions and improving access to transit to ensure that our riders can travel safely and efficiently.

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