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Study Description

The Evanston Transportation Center Planning Study developed conceptual plans for access improvements within and between the Evanston Davis Street transit stations and the existing and planned development in downtown Evanston. Wayfinding and pedestrian access improvements were particularily emphasized as nearly half of commuters access the stations by walking. The study also recommended specific improvements at an existing bus transfer location and a review of existing bus services to assess whether it is meeting the needs of the current transit market.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:1999
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:City of Evanston
Current Activities:The study was completed in August 2001. The City incorporated design recommendations from the study, including a pedestrian ramp to the Davis Station. Mixed-use development has also been built adjacent to the east and north of the Davis St. Station.

The City was selected as part of the 2015 RTA Community Planning Program to explore ways to create a TOD Parking Policy throughout the City.

In May 2020 the Evanston City Council approved an 18-story, 210,000 sq. ft. office project to be located less than 1,000 feet from both the 'L' and Metra rail service, the first high-rise office building to be constructed in the city in 20 years.
Information Updated:June 2020
SourceInitial PlanInitial PlanTotal
Study Documents
Downtown Evanston Transit, Circulation, and Development Study (November, 2001)
Related Studies
Evanston Main Street Station Transit-Oriented Development Plan (2012)
Related Transit Assets
CTA Stations:Davis (Purple) accessible
Metra Stations:Davis Street (Evanston) (UP-N) accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Municipalities:Evanston, Wilmette
US Congressional Districts:9 Jan Schakowsky
Illinois Senate Districts:9 Laura Fine
Illinois House Districts:17 Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, 18 Robyn Gabel
County Board Districts:Cook 13
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:North Shore
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