GO TO 2040 Capital Projects
While the primary transportation emphasis of GO TO 2040 is to maintain and modernize — bringing our system to a state of good repair — the plan contains a handful of major capital projects that will maximize regional benefits of mobility and economic development.
The text below briefly highlights the major GO TO 2040 capital projects, which include a balance of transit, highway, and multimodal projects that are distributed throughout the region. Scroll down for selected highlights or view a complete list of GO TO 2040 capital projects.
Elgin O'Hare Expressway and West O'Hare Bypass
This project will improve access to areas west of O'Hare Airport and also to a proposed West O'Hare Terminal. It includes a western expressway bypass of O'Hare, an extension of the Elgin O'Hare Expressway from I-290/IL 53 to the western bypass and west terminal, and an additional lane in each direction on the existing Elgin O'Hare expressway. This project is needed to relieve congestion and improve accessibility throughout the O'Hare area, which is a major economic driver for the region.
A full interchange will be added at the juncture of these two interstates, improving access to and from the south suburbs and improving north and south regional travel. Arterials that connect at the new interchange will also be improved.
West Loop Transportation Center
The West Loop Transportation Center is proposed to be built west of the Chicago River between the Eisenhower Expressway and Lake Street in Chicago. This large terminal will be an important new multimodal gateway to our region. While increasing capacity and improving operations for Chicago Union Station, the center will make it easier for residents and visitors to transfer seamlessly between commuter rail, rapid transit, buses, and intercity rail, including high-speed rail.
Central Lake County Corridor
Illinois Route 53 will be extended to central Lake County, beyond where it currently ends at Lake-Cook Road. To ease congestion that has resulted from rapid development of central Lake County in recent decades, this project will improve access and mobility in the county and our region as a whole. GO TO 2040 calls for a 21st Century urban highway — this "modern boulevard" should have a smaller footprint to minimize potential negative impacts while protecting the natural environment and preserving the character of nearby communities.
CTA South Red Line South Extension
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Red Line will be extended south 5.5 miles to 130th Street, beyond where it currently ends at 95th Street. Currently the CTA's most heavily used line, the Red Line is now 22 miles long, and access to it by bus is especially difficult south of 95th Street — the station whose ridership is higher than any outside of downtown Chicago. The Red Line South Extension will streamline those connections, significantly reducing the number of bus-to-rail transfers. One key component is an intermodal terminal and major park-and-ride lot at 130th Street, with intermediate stations at 103rd, 111th, and 115th Streets. This project strongly supports GO TO 2040's emphasis on infill development, and a number of vacant and under-utilized lots are ripe for redevelopment near the new stations.
Plan Amendments in 2013
On March 13 and 14, 2013, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee voted to amend GO TO 2040 by adding Circle Interchange improvements to the plan's list of fiscally constrained projects. Subsequently, on October 17, 2013, the MPO Policy Committee voted to amend GO TO 2040 by adding the Illiana Expressway as a fiscally constrained project. The CMAP Board had voted on October 9, 2013, not to add the Illiana amendment. By federal law, the MPO Policy Committee vote means that the Illiana is now part of GO TO 2040's fiscally constrained list.