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Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Chicago Transit Authority Regional South Metro Transportation Summit June 16, 2007 Matteson, Illinois.

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1 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Chicago Transit Authority Regional South Metro Transportation Summit June 16, 2007 Matteson, Illinois

2 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 2 CTA Service Area Illinois CTA Service Area 3.8 million people 1.6 million CTA rides per weekday RTA Service Area 8 million people

3 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 3 CTA Service Standards CTA’s service planning process is driven by the Service Standards as adopted by the Chicago Transit Board (www.transitchicago.com).www.transitchicago.com These standards describe five key measures that influence fixed-route service design:  geographic coverage,  hours of service,  frequency of service,  passenger flow, and  productivity. The standards guide the process for public input on proposed service changes. Applying the Service Standards is an ongoing process that allows for continual improvement of the system given available funding resources. Adopted: 1990 Updated: 2001

4 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 4 Sub-Regional Service Planning Studies  Services within a defined geographic area are evaluated in a comprehensive manner.  Changes on one route may allow for improvements on adjacent or connecting services, which may then trigger further refinements.  The result of this process is a coordinated, systematic change in bus and rail service resulting in improved service for customers. West Side (2006) North Lakeshore (2003) Far North (2003) Southwest Northwest Far South South Lakeshore (2003) Central Area

5 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 5  Collect and analyze data for study Background Data Community Workshops On-board Surveys  Develop draft plan and present to public  Seek Board approval to implement 180 day experiment  Monitor, Evaluate, Modify  Public Hearing  Board approval for adoption Sub-Regional Study Process

6 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 6 New Starts Alternatives Analysis Studies  An Alternatives Analysis (AA) study is the first planning step in the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) process for obtaining “New Starts” grant funding for major transit facility design and construction.  CTA has previously obtained New Starts grant funding to support the Cermak Branch (Pink and Blue Lines) reconstruction and the Brown Line capacity expansion project.  CTA has initiated AA studies for each of the transit system expansion projects that were authorized for federal funding as part of the current federal transportation bill, known as SAFETEA-LU.

7 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 7 Overview of CTA New Starts Projects Alternatives Analysis Study Alternatives Analysis Study Preliminary Engineering / Environmental Impact Statement Final Design Construction FTA Approval to Enter Final Design FTA Approval to Enter Final Design Select Locally Preferred Alternative Select Locally Preferred Alternative FTA Approval to Enter PE FTA Approval to Enter PE FTA Full Funding Agreement FTA Full Funding Agreement Red Line Extension to 130th Orange Line Extension to Ford City Yellow Line Extension to Old Orchard Circle Line Brown Line Capacity Expansion FTA Approval 1999; P.E/E.I.S ; Final Design ; FFGA 2004; Construction Pink/Blue Line Cermak Branch Rehabilitation (completed in 2005) FTA Approval 1999; P.E/E.I.S ; Final Design ; FFGA 2001; Construction Current CTA New Start Project Status Typically a year process

8 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 8 Overview of CTA Alternatives Analysis Studies  Consultant contracts have been awarded and Alternatives Analysis studies are currently underway for: Red Line Extension Orange Line Extension Yellow Line Extension Circle Line Yellow Line Extension Orange Line Extension Red Line Extension

9 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 9 The Alternatives Analysis Study Process  Requirement for federal funding for transit expansion (FTA New Starts Grant Program)  Identifies transit opportunities and ensures all practical solutions are considered  Ensures planning is consistent among all New Starts projects throughout the U.S.  Opportunity to provide information and receive public input  Goal is to identify the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA)

10 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 10 The Alternatives Analysis Evaluation Process  Progressively fewer alternatives are studied with additional evaluation criteria until a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is identified. Alternatives Analysis Process (approx. 2 years) Evaluation Criteria LPA Screen 1 Public Input Screen 2 Public Input Screen 3 Public Input Alternatives Considered

11 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 11 Red Line Extension to 130th Street Overview Proposed Study Area & Possible Alignment 95 th Street (9500S) Western Ave. (2400W) 2000 E S The map shown above is for illustrative purposes only and does not necessarily represent the outcome of the FTA Alternatives Analysis process.

12 Chicago Transit AuthorityJune, 2007 Page 12 Red Line Extension to 130th Street Overview  Extension approximately 6 miles long  Study Area includes Roseland and West Pullman Neighborhoods  Study Area also directly intercepts many bus routes (13 CTA & 6 Pace Routes)  Alternatives Analysis currently underway


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