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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
Implemented17
In Development19
Programmed10
Total46
Funding Source Total Percent
RTA$67,220,293 89.4%
Local$7,977,924 10.6%
Federal$0 0.0%
Total$75,198,217100%

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Year Project Title Project Type Grantee Funding Source Status
RTA Local Federal Total
2016 Pace Intelligent Bus System (IBS) Equipment Replacement Capital Pace Suburban Bus $1,581,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,581,000.00 Programmed
2015 CTA Video Enhancement for Bus and Rail Capital CTA $8,007,280.00 $0.00 $0.00 $8,007,280.00 In Development
2015 Communications Equipment and Outreach Capital CTA $317,120.00 $0.00 $0.00 $317,120.00 Implemented
2015 Metra Automated Field IT System Capital Metra $3,500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,500,000.00 In Development
2015 Metra Electronic Crew Calling Capital Metra $1,750,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,750,000.00 Programmed
2015 Metra Hybrid Fuel Vehicles Capital Metra $1,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000,000.00 Implemented
2015 Metra Mobile Application Capital Metra $3,175,200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3,175,200.00 In Development
2015 Metra Passenger Information Capital Metra $2,725,800.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,725,800.00 In Development
2015 Metra Rock Island Enhancement Capital Metra $679,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $679,000.00 In Development
2015 Metra Special Events Service Capital Metra $500,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $500,000.00 In Development
2015 Mobile Application Development Capital Pace Suburban Bus Division $300,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $300,000.00 Implemented
2015 Service Enhancements Capital Pace Suburban Bus Division $2,133,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,133,000.00 Programmed
2015 Software and Hardware Enhancements to Improve Efficiency Capital CTA $5,703,200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $5,703,200.00 In Development
2015 Ventra Base Component Fee Capital Pace Suburban Bus Division $1,200,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,200,000.00 In Development
2015 Ventra Implementation Improvements Capital CTA $2,378,400.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2,378,400.00 In Development
2015 Ventra Vending Machines Capital Pace Suburban Bus Division $810,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $810,000.00 In Development
2013 CTA Train Tracker Signage Capital CTA $1,480,000.00 $370,000.00 $0.00 $1,850,000.00 Programmed
2013 Market Development Activities Capital RTA $1,000,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000,000.00 Programmed
2013 Metra 120VAC Outlets for Passenger Use Capital Metra $720,000.00 $180,000.00 $0.00 $900,000.00 Programmed
2013 Metra Regional Fare Solution Technologies Capital Metra $1,440,000.00 $360,000.00 $0.00 $1,800,000.00 Programmed
2013 Shuttle Bug Operations Capital RTA $1,200,000.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,200,000.00 Programmed
2012 Advanced Paging System Capital CTA $3,400,000.00 $850,000.00 $0.00 $4,250,000.00 Implemented
2012 Blue Island/Vermont Street Interagency Transfer Improvements Capital Metra $2,000,000.00 $500,000.00 $0.00 $2,500,000.00 In Development
2012 CTA Train Station Customer Upgrades Capital CTA $1,023,700.00 $255,925.00 $0.00 $1,279,625.00 In Development
2012 Customer Information Displays Capital CTA $2,000,000.00 $500,000.00 $0.00 $2,500,000.00 In Development
2012 Metra Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) Capital Metra $953,400.00 $238,350.00 $0.00 $1,191,750.00 Implemented
2012 Metra Rail Traffic Control (RTC) Program Capital Metra $44,000.00 $11,000.00 $0.00 $55,000.00 Implemented
2012 Metra Real Time Interface for Train Tracker Capital Metra $64,000.00 $16,000.00 $0.00 $80,000.00 Implemented
2012 Metra 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 Development
2012 Metra Visual Information System (VIS) Installation Capital Metra $688,385.00 $172,096.00 $0.00 $860,481.00 In Development
2012 Pace Bus Pad Installation Capital Pace $80,000.00 $20,000.00 $0.00 $100,000.00 Implemented
2012 Pace Paratransit Command Center Capital Pace $270,514.00 $67,629.00 $0.00 $338,143.00 In Development
2012 Pace Real Time Link to Schedules and Next Bus Capital Pace $61,200.00 $15,300.00 $0.00 $76,500.00 In Development
2012 Real Time Signage Capital Pace $1,280,000.00 $320,000.00 $0.00 $1,600,000.00 In Development
2011 CTA Open Fare Technical Consultants Capital CTA $3,143,452.00 $785,863.00 $0.00 $3,929,315.00 In Development
2011 Conductor Handheld Ticketing Devices Production Pilot Program Capital Metra $883,136.00 $220,784.00 $0.00 $1,103,920.00 Programmed
2011 Milwaukee Avenue Transit Signal Priority Demonstration Project Capital Pace $254,343.00 $63,586.00 $0.00 $317,929.00 Programmed
2009 Automatic Bay Reading System (ABRS) for Bus Garages Capital CTA $1,280,000.00 $320,000.00 $0.00 $1,600,000.00 Implemented
2009 Bike-Transit Integration at Chicago CTA and Metra Stations Capital CDOT $300,000.00 $75,000.00 $0.00 $375,000.00 Implemented
2009 Dispatching with Mobile Computers and In-Vehicle Technology Capital Rich Township $146,000.00 $44,000.00 $0.00 $190,000.00 Implemented
2009 I-355 Corridor Development Project Operating Pace $53,995.00 $53,995.00 $0.00 $107,990.00 Implemented
2009 I-55 Corridor Enhancement Project Operating Pace $226,600.00 $226,600.00 $0.00 $453,200.00 Implemented
2009 Lake County Northwest Circulator Operating Lake County $261,000.00 $261,000.00 $0.00 $522,000.00 Implemented
2009 Real-Time Arrival Information for Bus Stop Signs Capital CTA $3,976,973.00 $994,243.00 $0.00 $4,971,216.00 Implemented
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 Implemented
2009 Southwest Service Saturday Service Operating Metra $332,206.00 $332,206.00 $0.00 $664,412.00 Implemented

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