RTA launches Transit Station Activation Project Pilot to improve public safety

RTA launches Transit Station Activation Project Pilot to improve public safety Image credit: RTA

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is announcing more than $120,000 in funding for eight Transit Station Activation Projects that improve public safety and a sense of community near CTA, Metra, and Pace stations and stops. Selected projects will bring activities near transit, create a welcoming environment, and help address real or perceived public safety issues.

The eight stations were selected from a group of nearly 20 applicants submitted in the 2024 Community Planning Call for Projects. Each project will receive between $10,000 and $20,000 in funding to plan and host public events that will take place this summer and fall. Selected projects are short-term, the majority one-day events, occurring this summer and fall. RTA will partner with successful grantees to survey attendees and transit riders at the activations to evaluate the pilot program.

The stations include Cicero Green Line Station (CTA), 63rd and Cottage Grove Green Line Station (CTA), Morse Red Line Station (CTA), Maywood Station (Metra), 79th Street Station in Chatham and 147th Street Station in Harvey (Metra), Joliet Transit Center (Pace), Loyola Red Line Station and Bus Routes 151 and 147 (CTA), Bus Routes 36 and 81 in Uptown (CTA).

The Transit Station Activation Grant Program helps implement Transit is the Answer Strategic Plan and follows the successful Public Transit Safety and Security Summit held in February 2024. The Summit brought together nearly 80 riders, transit professionals, and stakeholders to explore holistic solutions to the safety issues the transit system is facing.

The RTA published a report featuring priority recommendations that emerged from conversations at the event. Recommendations include regular reporting on transit crime, creating new non-police units to respond to mental health crises, expanding social services partnerships, and continuing to invest in infrastructure upgrades at transit stations and stops.

Source: RTA