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RTA calls for innovative projects that keep the region moving

To meet growing demand, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is challenging communities, counties, and transportation providers to get creative and propose innovative ideas that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transit in our region.

Today, Chicagoans are shelling out an average of $4.29 a gallon – a dollar more than we paid a year ago – to fill up our gas tanks. The New York Times reported this month that new car and truck sales in June were the lowest they’ve been in more than a decade -- except Toyota ’s fleet of hybrid-electric and fuel-efficient models, which are reaching record sales. Meanwhile, transit agencies across the country provided almost 85 million more trips in the first three months of 2008 than during the same time last year, according to the Washington Post. Chicago is no exception, as Pace, Metra and CTA provided 5 million more trips this past April than the same month last year.

 

To meet growing demand, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is challenging communities, counties and transportation providers to get creative and propose innovative ideas that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transit in our region. Providing access to jobs, increasing overall mobility, connecting different modes (such as bus and rail), and studying transportation corridors are all subject areas eligible for funding through the RTA’s $16 million grants program. The grants aim to enhance the coordination and integration of public transit and improve the overall quality of our system. Project applications are being accepted through Friday, Aug. 8. For more information, visit RTA's website or www.programs/rtachicago.com.

 

 

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