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The Innovation, Coordination, and Enhancement (ICE) program is a competitive funding program, established as part of the 2008 Mass Transit Reform Legislation. The program provides operating and capital assistance to enhance the coordination and integration of public transportation and to develop and implement innovations to improve the quality and delivery of public transportation. Projects funded through this program advance the vision and goals of the RTA by providing reliable and convenient transit services and enhancing efficiencies through effective management, innovation and technology.

Projects By Status
Funding Totals by Source
StatusNumber of Projects
Completed27
In Progress33
Programmed9
Total69
Funding Source Total Percent
RTA$120,320,927 93.5%
Local$7,424,543 5.8%
Federal$963,000 0.7%
Total$128,708,470100%

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Year Project Title Project Type(s) Grantee Funding Source Status
RTA Local Federal Total
2018 Downtown Terminal Information Display Capital Metra $952,500.00 $0.00 $0.00 $952,500.00 Programmed
2018 GPS Train Tracker Capital Metra $3,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,000,000.00 Programmed
2018 Intelligent Bus System (IBS) Equipment - 2018 Capital Pace $1,635,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,635,000.00 In Progress
2018 Main Line Conversion to LED Capital Metra $952,594.00 $0.00 $0.00 $952,594.00 In Progress
2018 South Side Service Improvements - 2018 Operating CTA $6,037,270.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,037,270.00 Programmed
2017 Car and Locomotive Cameras Capital Metra $1,500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,500,000.00 Programmed
2017 Intelligent Bus System (IBS) Equipment - 2017 Capital Pace $1,660,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,660,000.00 In Progress
2017 Luminous Platform Signs at Demonstration Locations Capital Metra $550,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $550,000.00 Programmed
2017 Revenue Accounting System Capital Metra $1,930,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,930,000.00 In Progress
2017 South Side Service Improvements - 2017 Operating CTA $6,329,515.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,329,515.00 Completed
2017 Vehicle Inspection System Capital Metra $1,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000,000.00 Programmed
2016 Automatic Passenger Counter Capital Metra $1,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000,000.00 Programmed
2016 Control Center - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Implementation Capital CTA $500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $500,000.00 In Progress
2016 Crew Optimization System Capital Metra $500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $500,000.00 Programmed
2016 Facilities and Vehicle Maintenance Improvements and Efficiencies Capital CTA $1,137,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,137,000.00 In Progress
2016 Information Technology Project Implementation Capital CTA $1,200,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,200,000.00 In Progress
2016 Intelligent Bus System (IBS) Equipment - 2016 Capital Pace $1,635,452.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,635,452.00 In Progress
2016 Mobile Application Support Activities Capital Metra $2,500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,500,000.00 Programmed
2016 Origin - Destination Model Update and Survey Capital CTA $500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $500,000.00 In Progress
2016 Platform Heating Technology Capital Metra $742,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $742,000.00 In Progress
2016 Reinstating the Ashland and Western Express Routes Operating CTA $1,091,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,091,000.00 In Progress
2016 Software and Hardware Enhancements to Improve Efficiency Capital CTA $1,409,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,409,000.00 In Progress
2015 Automated Field IT System Capital Metra $3,500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,500,000.00 In Progress
2015 Communications Equipment and Outreach Capital CTA $317,120.00 $0.00 $0.00 $317,120.00 Completed
2015 Electronic Crew Calling Capital Metra $1,913,356.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,913,356.00 In Progress
2015 Hybrid Fuel Vehicles Capital Metra $1,003,419.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,003,419.00 Completed
2015 Metra Special Events Service Operating Metra $356,581.00 $0.00 $0.00 $356,581.00 In Progress
2015 Mobile Application Capital Metra $4,371,936.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4,371,936.00 In Progress
2015 Mobile Application Development Capital Pace $300,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $300,000.00 In Progress
2015 Pace Service Enhancements 2015 Operating Pace $2,133,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,133,000.00 Completed
2015 Passenger Information: Signs and Announcements Capital Metra $2,725,800.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,725,800.00 In Progress
2015 Rock Island Line Enhancement Operating Metra $819,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $819,000.00 Completed
2015 Software and Hardware Enhancements Capital CTA $6,609,893.00 $0.00 $0.00 $6,609,893.00 In Progress
2015 Ventra Base Component Fee Capital Pace $1,200,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,200,000.00 Completed
2015 Ventra Implementation Improvements Capital CTA $2,378,400.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,378,400.00 In Progress
2015 Ventra Vending Machines Capital Pace $810,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $810,000.00 Completed
2015 Video Enhancement for Bus and Rail Capital CTA $8,007,280.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,007,280.00 In Progress
2013 120V AC Outlets for Passenger Use Capital Metra $720,000.00 $180,000.00 $0.00 $900,000.00 In Progress
2013 Market Development Activities Capital RTA $1,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000,000.00 In Progress
2013 Regional Fare Solution Technologies Capital Metra $1,440,000.00 $360,000.00 $0.00 $1,800,000.00 In Progress
2013 Shuttle Bug Operations Capital RTA $1,200,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,200,000.00 In Progress
2012 Advanced Paging System Capital CTA $2,493,307.00 $623,327.00 $0.00 $3,116,634.00 Completed
2012 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) Capital Metra $639,800.00 $159,950.00 $0.00 $799,750.00 Completed
2012 Blue Island/Vermont Street Interagency Transfer Improvements Capital Metra $2,000,000.00 $500,000.00 $0.00 $2,500,000.00 In Progress
2012 Bus Pad Installation Capital Pace $78,508.00 $19,927.00 $0.00 $98,435.00 Completed
2012 Customer Information Displays Capital CTA $2,000,000.00 $500,000.00 $0.00 $2,500,000.00 Completed
2012 Maintenance Management Information System: Enterprise Asset Management Capital CTA $992,875.00 $248,219.00 $0.00 $1,241,094.00 In Progress
2012 Maintenance Management Information System: Modules and Upgrade Project Capital CTA $2,150,577.00 $537,644.00 $0.00 $2,688,221.00 In Progress
2012 Paratransit Command Center Capital Pace $272,647.00 $68,162.00 $0.00 $340,809.00 Completed
2012 Rail Traffic Control (RTC) Program Capital Metra $40,472.00 $10,118.00 $0.00 $50,590.00 Completed
2012 Real Time Interface for Train Tracker Capital Metra $64,000.00 $16,000.00 $0.00 $80,000.00 Completed
2012 Real Time Link to Schedules and Next Bus Capital Pace $60,559.00 $15,140.00 $0.00 $75,699.00 Completed
2012 Real Time Signage Capital Pace $1,280,000.00 $320,000.00 $963,000.00 $2,563,000.00 In Progress
2012 Regional Transit Fare System Program Management and Systems Integration Capital Metra $1,600,000.00 $400,000.00 $0.00 $2,000,000.00 In Progress
2012 Train Station Customer Upgrades Capital CTA $1,023,700.00 $255,925.00 $0.00 $1,279,625.00 Completed
2012 Visual Information System (VIS) Installation Capital Metra $691,913.00 $172,978.00 $0.00 $864,891.00 In Progress
2011 Milwaukee Avenue Transit Signal Priority Demonstration Project Capital Pace $254,343.00 $63,586.00 $0.00 $317,929.00 In Progress
2009 Automatic Bay Reading System (ABRS) for Bus Garages Capital CTA $1,280,000.00 $320,000.00 $0.00 $1,600,000.00 Completed
2009 Bike-Transit Integration at Chicago CTA and Metra Stations Capital CDOT $188,702.00 $47,176.00 $0.00 $235,878.00 Completed
2009 CTA Operations Operating CTA $5,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,000,000.00 Completed
2009 CTA Service Improvements - 2009 Operating CTA $160,000.00 $40,000.00 $0.00 $200,000.00 Completed
2009 Dispatching with Mobile Computers and In-Vehicle Technology Capital Rich Township $139,694.00 $44,000.00 $0.00 $183,694.00 Completed
2009 I-355 Corridor Development Project Operating Pace $53,995.00 $53,995.00 $0.00 $107,990.00 Completed
2009 I-55 Corridor Enhancement Project Operating Pace $226,600.00 $226,600.00 $0.00 $453,200.00 Completed
2009 Lake County Northwest Circulator Operating Lake County $260,930.00 $261,000.00 $0.00 $521,930.00 Completed
2009 PACE ADA / Paratranist Operations Operating Pace $11,874,621.00 $0.00 $0.00 $11,874,621.00 Completed
2009 Real-Time Arrival Information for Bus Stop Signs Capital CTA $5,296,973.00 $1,324,243.00 $0.00 $6,621,216.00 In Progress
2009 Skokie Swift Oakton Street Station Area Improvement Capital Village of Skokie $1,297,389.00 $324,347.00 $0.00 $1,621,736.00 Completed
2009 Southwest Service Saturday Service Operating Metra $332,206.00 $332,206.00 $0.00 $664,412.00 Completed

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