Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
1. What is this purpose of this project?
The need for improved transportation in this area has been recognized for several years in the River North-Streeterville area. The River North-Streeterville Transit Alternatives Study aims to satisfy this need by utilizing data, analysis, surveys and other information to create and identify transit alternatives. CDOT will seek input on these transit alternatives from stakeholder groups and the public to ensure that the "Locally Preferred Alternative" will be carried forward to the next phase of study.
2. What will be the outcome of this project?
Based on analysis and input from stakeholder groups and the public, a "Locally Preferred Alternative" (LPA) will be selected an analyzed in greater detail for its benefits, impacts, and costs. If funding is available, the LPA will be carried forward to the next phase of study. The project is being conducted in a manner that is compliant with Federal guidelines, allowing for potential application for Federal capital funds in the future.
3. Is CDOT or CTA leading this project?
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is leading this study. However, the CTA also serves on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The following organizations make up the TAC:
- Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
- Chicago Transit Authority
- Chicago Department of Planning and Development
- Regional Transportation Authority
4. What are the study limits?
The study area is loosely bounded to the north by Chicago and Oak Streets, to the east by Lake Michigan, to the south by Harrison Street and to the west by Halsted Street. The study is primarily focused on providing transit connections between the West Loop and the River North and Streeterville neighborhoods, but improvements will benefit a much larger area of residents and businesses. Data will be gathered that tells us about the travel market and needs within the study area and beyond. View Project Map.
5. Will the public be involved in shaping this project?
CDOT and the project team will work with the stakeholders and the public to find transit solutions for the River North-Streeterville area. There are numerous ways the public will be involved in this project.
Project surveys will be given to gather specific transit user information from four distinct groups; local transit users, workers/employees, non-work related travelers, and visitors/tourists.
Two public meetings will be held to gather public input on defining the range of alternatives and Locally Preferred Alternative. “Pop-up meetings”, less formal meetings at bus stops, food courts, farmer’s markets, and public spaces, will also be held throughout the study period and across the study area. Information gathered at these meetings will help the team understand the transit needs in the study area and help shape the project outcome.
Additionally, a Community Advisory Committee has been formed to gather key community and business stakeholders input on the project.
6. What is the project schedule?
The project is projected to conclude in 2017. The full tentative schedule can be found at Project Schedule.
7. How do I stay informed about this project?
There are many avenues to receive information about this project:
- The project website (www.rnstransit.com) will continually be updated with project information.
- You can receive notifications of upcoming meetings and project updates by sending your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Project information will also be shared through CDOT’s Facebook page or Twitter feed throughout the duration of the project.