For fiscal year 2021, the CTA is proposing a $1.64 billion operating budget that highlights the need for new federal funding to support public transportation across the United States. Though there are no planned changes to service or fares in 2021, the CTA is dependent on continued support at the federal level to achieve this goal.
The proposed $3.4 billion five year capital budget for 2021-2025 is supported by funding from Rebuild Illinois, the 2019 state capital program that was the first in more than a decade. More than half of the capital funding will go toward previously announced major projects, including:
- Upgrade of the Cottage Grove Green Line station ($60M)
- Blue Line O’Hare Branch power improvements ($50M)
- Advancement of the Red Line Extension project ($327.8M)
- Phase 1 station improvements under the All Stations Accessibility Plan (ASAP ($78M)
Other capital projects to continue or begin in 2021 include:
- Testing of the 10 new 7000-series rail cars
- Quarter-life overhaul work on 5000-series rail cars
- Roll-out of newest all-electric buses
- Start of station and track structure construction as part of RPM Phase One
The President's 2021 Budget Recommendations book provides an overview of the proposed 2021 operating and capital budget. Key initiatives are highlighted in an easy-to-read manner with accompanying charts and graphs.
In addition, historical and reference data is presented in a detailed appendix section.
2021 Budget Recommendations
2021 Budget Recommendations (accessible text version)
Virtual public hearing
The Public Hearing on Proposed CTA 2021 Budget, Two Year Financial Plan and Five Year Capital Plan will be held virtually, only, on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:00pm. See Notice of Public Hearing for details and information on how to participate.
The virtual public hearing will be streamed online.
Live stream of public hearing (via YouTube)