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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 2015 legislative framework and agenda, as well as principles for a new state capital program.  Each is described below.

2015 State Legislative Principles and Agenda

The 2015 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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2015 Federal Agenda

CMAP has prepared a 2015 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.

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  

June 26, 2015  

Senate transportation bill establishes new freight program

A Policy Update highlights the freight provisions in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee text for the proposed DRIVE act, a six-year transportation reauthorization bill. Read More About Senate transportation bill establishes new freight program
March 31, 2015  

State of Illinois FY15 Budget Modifications Approved

A Policy Update describes legislation intended to close gaps in the state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 by sweeping $1.3 billion from various special funds and applying a 2.25 percent reduction in... Read More About State of Illinois FY15 Budget Modifications Approved
February 27, 2015  

Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

This Policy Update analyzes Governor Rauner's budget FY16 proposal in light of CMAP and GO TO 2040 priorities. Read More About Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal
December 30, 2014  

Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15

A CMAP Policy Update looks at regional and national implications of the omnibus appropriations bill for federal fiscal year 2015. Read More About Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15
December 11, 2014  

Veto Session Update

New Policy Update describes the Illinois General Assembly's recently adjourned two-week veto session and legislative initiatives that affect CMAP or are of interest to CMAP and its partners. Read More About Veto Session Update
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
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