The Skokie Swift (CTA Yellow Line) is a unique high speed shuttle service operating between Dempster Street in the Village of Skokie and the CTA Howard Street station at the Chicago/Evanston border. To provide access to major activity centers such as Old Orchard Center, the Cook County 2nd District Courthouse, Oakton Community College and the Skokie central business district, the Village of Skokie directed an RTAP study to assess the feasibility of new intermediate stations and an extension.
|Project Type(s):||Transit Improvement Plan|
|Grantee:||Village of Skokie|
|Current Activities:||The study was completed in September 2003. A new station on the CTA Yellow Line opened in April 2012 at Oakton Street, using a combination of CMAQ and local funds. The station is experiencing increasing ridership, with average weekday boardings between 800-900. Additionally, Skokie received Innovation, Coordination and Enhancement (ICE) funding through the RTA in 2009 to complement the new Oakton Street Station. Recently completed improvements include bus stops, taxi access lanes, pedestrian walkways, shared vehicle lanes, kiss and ride, and bicycle parking. In August 2014 a 20-unit single family home development called Floral Avenue broke ground less than 1/2 mile from the Oakton Street station and construction of the first homes sold is underway.
The Village is also currently pursuing redevelopment opportunities in the station area and near the Illinois Science + Technology Park and was selected by the RTA as part of the 2015 Community Planning Program. The RTA, in conjunction with ULI, will convene a panel of development experts to offer guidance and advice to the Village as they work to attract TOD investment and understand innovative financing techniques for potential development in the Oakton Street station area.
In early 2015, the RTA applied for CMAQ funds on behalf of the Village for CTA rail bicycle parking at the Oakton station. CMAQ funds will be awarded to chosen projects in Fall 2015.
|Information Updated:||October 2015|
|Skokie Swift Station Location Feasibility Study|
|Related Transit Assets|
|CTA Stations:||Dempster - Skokie (Yellow)|
|CTA Rail Lines:||Yellow Line|
|Municipalities:||Chicago, Evanston, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Skokie, Wilmette|
|US Congressional Districts:||9 Jan Schakowsky|
|Illinois Senate Districts:||7 Heather A. Steans, 8 Ram Villivalam, 9 Laura Fine|
|Illinois House Districts:||14 Kelly M. Cassidy, 16 Yehiel M. Kalish, 17 Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, 18 Robyn Gabel|
|County Board Districts:||Cook 13, Cook 14|
|Chicago Wards:||49 Maria Hadden, 50 Debra Silverstein|
|Councils of Mayors:||Chicago, North Shore|