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December 16, 2014

Left-turn bike boxes

Bike boxes help cyclists safely and visibly position themselves ahead of quelling traffic at red lights.  One form of bike box is used in a two-stage left-turn maneuver, also known as a... Read More About Left-turn bike boxes
December 16, 2014

Smart pedestrian signals

An article on Urbanful , discusses the Green Man Plus pedestrian crossing signal system being implemented in Singapore.  The system addresses the need of certain pedestrians, like... Read More About Smart pedestrian signals
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
December 10, 2014

Evaluating public transit modal shift dynamics in response to bikesharing: a tale of two U.S. cities

A study published in the Journal of Transport Geography evaluates public transportation mode shift in response to bike sharing.  Using survey data survey data from two Washington D.C.... Read More About Evaluating public transit modal shift dynamics in response to bikesharing: a tale of two U.S. cities
December 10, 2014

Active Transportation Alliance surveys driver behavior at crosswalks

The Active Transportation Alliance surveyed driver behavior at 52 marked and unmarked crossing locations around Chicago and in neighboring suburbs to better understand the relationship... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance surveys driver behavior at crosswalks
December 3, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Transportation announces new ped-bike safety initiative

In September, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced a new initiative to address the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians.  Through the " Safer People, Safer Streets "... Read More About U.S. Secretary of Transportation announces new ped-bike safety initiative
December 3, 2014

Webinar on prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle improvements

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will present "Active Transportation Priority Tool: A Model Methodology for Prioritizing Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements on Existing... Read More About Webinar on prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle improvements
November 25, 2014

Public input on IL Route 53/120 corridor land use plan

Thanks to all that participated in the IL Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan open houses in Grayslake and Lake Zurich this November. Read More About Public input on IL Route 53/120 corridor land use plan
November 24, 2014

FHWA updates to Bicycle and Pedestrian Program webpages

The Federal Highway Administration recently updated two important webpages in the agency's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program .  The first web page covers funding opportunities for... Read More About FHWA updates to Bicycle and Pedestrian Program webpages
November 24, 2014

NCHRP report on estimating bicycle and walking for planning and project development

A new Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) report (Report 770), "Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development: A... Read More About NCHRP report on estimating bicycle and walking for planning and project development
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The transportation network is one of our region's most important assets, moving people and goods to and from jobs, markets, and recreation.  While this advanced system of highways, trains, and buses retains an excellent national and global reputation, it is aging quickly and losing stride with 21st Century needs.  The Regional Vision describes a future multimodal transportation system that is "safe, accessible, easy to navigate, affordable, and coordinated with nearby land uses," reduces congestion and improves mobility, and supports "reinvestment in our existing communities‚Ķleading to environmentally sensitive and fiscally efficient outcomes."    

To achieve this, GO TO 2040 seeks to maintain existing infrastructure of all types and gain operational efficiencies from it, make additional investments in transit and freight, use innovative and sustainable finance and system management ideas, link transportation investments with housing and land uses, and encourage choices that result in livable, walkable, transit-supportive communities.  

CMAP thinks about regional transportation system as having the following components: strategic investment, roads, transit, and freight.  A 21st Century transportation system requires strategic investments that support economic growth and quality of life.  Billions of transportation dollars are at stake each year in Illinois.  Taxpayers deserve to understand how priorities are set for investments, and that these investments are credible, accountable, and tied to measureable benefits.  

A strategic, performance-based approach will help to address the region's substantial road congestion and deferred maintenance needs.  Our extensive highway network accommodates the vast majority of regional travel, not only in private automobiles, but also by other mode.  A modern approach to highway investment must embrace "complete streets" that also recognize the needs of transit, bicyclists, and pedestrians.  This way of thinking acknowledges that roads are not only transportation facilities, but also vital components of our communities.  

Strategic investments will also help to provide a stronger commitment to transit.  Northeastern Illinois needs and deserves a world-class transit system.  This requires attention to not only how transit operates, but how it is perceived.  A transit system that functions well, with on-time and frequent service and seamless connection between modes, is a necessity.  But so are features that make transit attractive, such as clean stations, modern transit vehicles, and clear information.  

Finally, such an approach will recognize the critical importance of freight to our region.  Metropolitan Chicago is the nation's preeminent freight hub, linking the region's industries and consumers to global markets.  Highways, railroads, waterways, and airports all provide important connections to the world.  Yet each of these modes of transportation is intertwined with the livability of the region.  

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