Conceptual rendering of area redevelopment near Bryn Mawr station.

Transit-Oriented Development Plan

Final RPM Transit Oriented Development Reports Published

As an important part of the CTA's Red and Purple Modernization Phase One Project, the CTA has published Transit-Oriented Development Plan Summary Report for both the Red-Purple Bypass and Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project areas.

RPM TOD Background

The CTA in 2016 engaged a multi-disciplinary consultant team to develop a TOD plan for portions of the Lakeview and Uptown/Edgewater neighborhoods with planned improvements under the RPM Phase One project, as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) pilot program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). Our goal is to promote redevelopment in both neighborhoods that is successful, thoughtfully designed, contributes positively to the community and promotes a transit-rich lifestyle.

The RPM TOD plans are development-focused studies that were conducted separately but concurrently with the RPM Phase One Project. The TOD Plan has been a proactive effort by the CTA, in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, to create a community-driven guide for future development. The TOD plan focuses on specific redevelopment strategies for land impacted by the RPM Phase One construction work, portions of which could potentially become available for redevelopment after construction is complete.

This proactive community planning process was a new initiative for us and was an outcome of community input received during the RPM Phase One Environmental Assessment. We partnered with the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, elected officials, and the consultant team to engage with stakeholders in planning for the neighborhoods along the planned rail corridor improvements, and we incorporated strategies for enhancing the public space surrounding the rail infrastructure. The plans were guided by a real estate market analysis, a development proforma, historic preservation coordination and public input, resulting in a framework that capitalizes on the adjacent transit service, is reflective of the community’s vision, and is responsive to market demands.

The TOD plan development was completed in 2018. We thank members of these communities for their contributions toward the development of these plans.

Summary of the Red-Purple Bypass TOD District

The Red-Purple Bypass (RPB) District, is comprised of entertainment destinations along Belmont Avenue, major commercial corridors such as Clark Street, and adjacent residential areas. It lies one quarter mile south of Wrigley Field and covers roughly 42 acres with a broad range of densities and uses. The Belmont station anchors the southern portion of the RPB District and was recently rebuilt as part of our Brown Line Capacity Enhancement Project. The Belmont station is a major transportation hub for the Red, Brown, and Purple train lines and connecting bus lines. A primarily residential corridor along Sheffield Avenue defines the western portion of the District, while Clark Street serves as the focus for the neighborhoods to the east. The RPB District is a lively and well-visited destination, but it is also a vital residential neighborhood within the Lakeview community. With the recent construction of higher density residential/mixed-use developments near Wrigley Field, along Clark Street, and adjacent to the Belmont station, the neighborhood is clearly growing.


RPB Reports and Documents

Existing Conditions Report - April 2017 (preface September 2018)

Market Analysis Report - March 2017 (preface April 2018)

Site Specific Development Concepts Zoning Analysis – April 2018

Conceptual renderings

Conceptual Renderings Near Red-Purple Bypass

Summary of the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization TOD District

The Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization (LBMM) District is concentrated along the North Broadway corridor stretching from Leland Avenue to Ardmore Avenue. The District covers roughly 157 acres, four major Red Line stops, three aldermanic wards, and several diverse neighborhoods including portions of:

  • Uptown Square Historic District
  • Asia on Argyle and the West Argyle Street Historic District
  • Edgewater
  • Bryn Mawr Historic District

The LBMM District serves as a major transportation corridor, and is traversed by several major east-west arterial streets that connect the neighborhoods to Lake Shore Drive and many recreational park spaces/facilities along the lakefront. These streets also serve as historic neighborhood commercial corridors. The LBMM District encompasses culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse communities with a broad range of land uses, development densities, and architectural styles.


LBMM Reports and Documents

Existing Conditions Report - April 2017 (preface September 2018)

Market Analysis Report - March 2017 (preface April 2018)

Site Specific Development Concepts Zoning Analysis – April 2018

Historic Preservation Plan: West Argyle Street Historic District - July 2018

Historic Preservation Plan: Bryn Mawr Avenue Historic District - July 2018 (Rev. May 2019) 

Historic Preservation Plan: Uptown Square Historic District - July 2018

Conceptual renderings



Public Meetings

We conducted a robust public involvement process for the RPM Phase One projects. The TOD plan continued this public involvement effort through a participatory planning process to propose area-wide and site-specific development options, land use and zoning recommendations. Community input has been integral to the successful preparation of these documents and we thank community members for their contributions.

Photo from TOD meeting

Community-wide Public Meetings

Meeting 1: Goals, Objectives, and Vision - Spring 2017

The first round of meetings, which were in an open house-format, allowed residents and business owners to learn about the project, talk to CTA and SCB representatives, and express their vision for the projects.


Meeting 2: Preliminary Concept Plans - Fall 2017

The second round of meetings was to confirm what we heard and captured during the first meetings, and to provide members of the two communities an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the study
  • Review study area planning principles
  • Consider redevelopment site concepts
  • Talk one-on-one with the CTA study team
  • Provide feedback and input on the overall vision for the plan

Meeting materials:


Meeting 3: Final Plan and Recommendations and Implementation Strategies - Spring 2018

The purpose of the third round of meetings was to provide the opportunity for members of the RPB and LBMM communities to review the recommendations made during the year-long public engagement process; provide any additional comments before publication of the final report; and learn about what will happen next in the TOD planning process.

Meeting materials:


Who led the Transit-Oriented Development planning effort?

Chicago Transit Authority, Sponsor
Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Sister Agency
Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Prime Consultant, Urban Design, Land Use, and Zoning Planner
McGuire Igleski & Associates, Historic Preservation Consultant
Kirsch-Taylor Consulting, Real Estate Consultant
Goodman Williams Group, Market Analyst Consultant
Fish Transportation Group, Inc., Transportation Consultant
Vistara Construction Services, Inc., Cost Estimating Consultant
David Mason & Associates, Civil Engineering Consultant
Grisko LLC, Community Outreach Consultant

What Others Are Saying

"Adding capacity is a particularly powerful argument in favor of the flyover; the Red Line is the backbone of the city’s public transportation system. Over the last four years, rush-hour ridership in the corridor north of Belmont has jumped 40 percent, the CTA says. If you’ve ever ridden during rush hour, you understand the plight of a packed sardine … we urge the CTA to move forward with these ambitious plans, though not without doing everything possible to make affected homeowners and businesses whole."
Chicago Sun-Times

“It is common for morning rush-hour passengers at Belmont and Fullerton stations to have to wait until the second or third train to find a place to stand. Such delays, in addition to routine system delays and service disruptions experienced by this corridor, only serve to dissuade ridership.”
DePaul University, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

“The stretch of track where those lines converge is over 100 years old and plagued by delays. This rebuild will allow this stretch of track to meet future capacity needs for decades to come, result in less wait time at stations, and improve the overall reliability … [and] move people to and from work when they need to and encourage more people to take advantage of transit.”
Illinois Chamber of Commerce

“Improvements in service at the Red Line stations will allow more people to take advantage of mass transit, resulting in more customers in the surrounding business districts. Increase in property values and potential new transit oriented development will bring more economic activity to the Edgewater neighborhood.”
Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (.pdf)

“The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is a strong advocate for investing in our existing infrastructure even as we plan for our region’s future needs. In addition, MPC supports the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s objective of doubling transit ridership in the Chicago region by 2040. The Red and Purple Modernization will play an essential role in helping to achieve both of those objectives, by offering upgrades to a decades-old but well-used line that has the potential to attract tens of thousands of new daily riders.”
Metropolitan Planning Council

“Capacity on the Red, Brown and Purple lines on the North Side is one of the biggest challenges the CTA faces over the next several years, and the agency is beginning to take steps to address it … Without more investment, crowding on North Side trains is only going to get worse and some people may choose to drive if they begin to view it as more convenient.”
Active Transportation Alliance

“Uptown relies heavily on the North Red Line and we strongly believe its modernization will directly benefit our community.”
Uptown United (.pdf)



  • Active Transportation Alliance 
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Edgewater Development Corporation
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Environmental Law and Policy Center
  • Uptown United
  • World Business Chicago

Stay Informed!

If you would like to be added to the RPM contact list for meeting notices and future updates about the RPM Program, please contact:

Chicago Transit Authority
Strategic Planning, 10th Floor
Attn: RPM Program
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661-1465

E-mail RPM@transitchicago.com