The Regional Transit Coordination Plan (RTCP) is a multi-year program to enhance regional mobility by facilitating seamless travel on public transportation. In cooperation with the CTA, Metra and Pace, and other local planning entities, the RTCP is a tool for ensuring a comprehensive and coordinated public transportation system for northeastern Illinois. Since its inception in December 1999, the RTCP has addressed the four principal elements of regional transit coordination - information coordination, physical coordination, service coordination and fare coordination.
- Physical coordination addresses the relative ease of transferring between modes operated by the CTA, Metra, and Pace. Existing locations where riders make transfers were assessed for opportunities for improved connections.
- Information coordination improves signs, maps and schedules to allow transit riders to confidently use the system, including transferring beteen transit modes. Improvements under development include new products such as wayfinding signs for interagency transfer locations and a system-wide rail-to-rail transfer map, and refinement of other existing information products.
- Service coordination explores options to better connect regional travel markets with components of the existing transit system. Cost-effective ways to improve regional mobility include the use of buses between activity centers and nearby rail stations to serve both reverse commuters and suburb-to-suburb travel.
- Fare coordination identifies opportunities to make it easier for customers to pay for travel on different parts of the RTA system with a single transaction or fare instrument. Potential benefits of improved fare coordination include passenger convenience and enhanced operations. The exploration of improvements is considering the cost of implementing and managing fare coordination relative to the benefits received.
For more information, please refer to the Status of the Regional Transit Coordination Plan.
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