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The federal and state governments have a key role to play in the implementation of GO TO 2040.  They decide how to allocate billions of dollars annually across a variety of different programs, services, and projects.  They also help to define the overall policy environment that influences the decision-making process. 

To guide the agency as it works with federal and state partners to implement GO TO 2040, CMAP has articulated federal and state policy positions.  On the federal side, the CMAP Board has adopted a legislative agenda, transportation reauthorization principles, and freight policy principles.  On the state side, the CMAP Board has identified a 2014 legislative framework and agenda, as well as principles for a new state capital program.  Each is described below.

2014 Federal Agenda

CMAP has prepared a 2014 Federal Agenda to inform federal legislators and other national policy makers about the agency's positions on national policy issues. This agenda focuses on principles that will help to direct CMAP's support or opposition to specific pieces of legislation over the course of the federal legislative calendar.

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Federal Transportation Reauthorization Principles

In June 2014, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee approved an updated set of transportation reauthorization principles.  The federal government should:

  • Provide sustainable, robust funding for surface transportation, including both highways and transit.
  • Implement performance-based funding.
  • Provide appropriate tools to regions to support the transportation system.
  • Support a robust freight program.
  • Continue to streamline the project review process.

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Major Metros Freight Principles

In February 2014, CMAP and other major metro organizations co-signed a letter that calls on the federal government to establish a "Freight Trust Fund" and to integrate metropolitan regions in the freight decision-making process.  More specifically, the letter recommends the following:

  • Integrating metropolitan regions into the freight investment decision-making process.
  • Dedicating a range of funding sources and authorizing a minimum of $2 billion funding per year for freight investments, consistent with proposals from national freight advocacy organizations.
  • Redefining the national freight network to comprise a multimodal transportation system

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For more information on other freight policy topics, please visit this section of the website.

2014 State Legislative Framework and Agenda

The 2014 State Legislative Framework and Agenda reflects policy priorities based on research developed at CMAP and issues that remain important to the implementation of GO TO 2040. CMAP uses these materials to inform the Governor, legislators, and other state policy makers about the agency's priorities and principles regarding transportation, land use, energy and water, economic development, and other quality-of-life issues with regional and statewide impacts.

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State Capital Program Principles

Based on GO TO 2040 and transportation policy analysis, in May 2013 the CMAP Board approved new principles for a new state capital program.  Given the lack of stable funding, the continuation of the arbitrary "55/45 split" that directs only 45 percent of State highway funds to the Chicago region, and the lack of transparent project selection, CMAP believes that any new state capital program must be coupled with reform.  Specifically, any new program (1) must be funded through new user-fee generated revenues, (2) must move away from the 55/45 split and toward a performance-based funding system, and (3) must provide additional capital funding for both highways and transit.

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Bill Tracking

Each session of the Illinois General Assembly, the CMAP Board takes formal positions on some bills relevant to the implementation of GO TO 2040.  Information on the bills tracked by CMAP is available under the Board's "Meeting Materials" area.

Legislative Updates

Policy Updates  

October 1, 2014

Federal Freight and Transportation Action Roundup

This year has seen increased Congressional interest in freight and transportation, including two bills, two proposals, and a report on P3s. Read More About Federal Freight and Transportation Action Roundup
July 31, 2014

Local Government Consolidation Efforts in Northeastern Illinois

Evanston and River Forest Townships have explored ways to consolidate operations with their surrounding municipalities. Read More About Local Government Consolidation Efforts in Northeastern Illinois
July 30, 2014

Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill Extension

The version passed by the Senate would provide $8.1 billion in transfers to the Highway Trust Fund to extend the federal transportation program through December 19, 2014 Read More About Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill Extension
July 25, 2014

New Recommendations for National Strategic Freight Plan

In June 2014, the National Freight Advisory Committee submitted a report on improving the freight system to U.S. DOT. Read More About New Recommendations for National Strategic Freight Plan
July 22, 2014

White House Announces Build America Investment Initiative

The initiative will focus on innovative financing via collaboration between the private sector and state and local governments on public-private partnerships. Read More About White House Announces Build America Investment Initiative
July 2, 2014

Recent Legislative Action on Local Government Consolidation

House Bill 5785 would allow a limited number of special districts to be dissolved into counties, municipalities, or other special districts. Read More About Recent Legislative Action on Local Government Consolidation
June 26, 2014

Senate Finance Committee Weighs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension

The Preserving America's Transit and Highways Act (PATH) of 2014 would extend the nation's highway and transit programs through December 31, 2014. Read More About Senate Finance Committee Weighs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension
June 20, 2014

Two New Highway Trust Fund Proposals

New federal transportation proposals attempt to identify sustainable revenue sources as the HTF nears insolvency later this summer and MAP-21 is set to expire September 30, 2014. Read More About Two New Highway Trust Fund Proposals
June 5, 2014

General Assembly Passes Transportation Capital Program

The Illinois General Assembly passed HB 3794 and SB 3224, which together will provide for $1.1 billion in new bond proceeds to support transportation investment. Read More About General Assembly Passes Transportation Capital Program
May 19, 2014

U.S. Senate Releases Text for Highway Reauthorization Bill

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released the text of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, its six-year, $265 billion highway bill. Read More About U.S. Senate Releases Text for Highway Reauthorization Bill
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