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CTA receives FTA grant, unveils action plan


The Federal Transit Administration this week approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Chicago Transit Authority to provide an $800,000 grant for the 95th Street Corridor Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Plan.

The funds came from the FTA's Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning. Chicago's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will provide a $200,000 match, making a total investment of $1 million. DPD will serve as the lead agency for the project, while CTA will provide support as needed, CTA officials said in a press release.

The corridor is a 2-mile stretch between Halsted and Cottage Grove. The project will develop a community-supported plan for transit-oriented development implementation to coincide with other existing and future major transit investments, including the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line Terminal improvements, the Red Line Extension from 95th/Dan Ryan to 130th Street and the Metra Electric District 95th Street/Chicago State University Station Rehabilitation project.

DPD and CTA received feedback and ideas from many community organizations throughout the planning and advocacy for the project, CTA officials said.

Additional project partners include Metra, Elevated Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Meanwhile, CTA also this week unveiled a new rider-focused action plan titled "Meeting the Moment: Transforming CTA's Post-Pandemic Future." The plan responds to rider concerns and improve the rider experience, CTA officials said.

The plan will focus on delivering reliable and consistent service; enhancing safety and security; improving the rider experience at CTA facilities; upgrading digital tools to improve rider communication; and investing in employees.

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