Legislative & Policy Statements
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.