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April 14, 2014

Operational guidance for bicycle signals

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) released a report offering operational guidance on bicycle-specific traffic signals.  The report summarizes previous research and literature... Read More About Operational guidance for bicycle signals
April 14, 2014

New report on bicycle commuting

The League of American Bicyclists has released a new report " Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities ."  The report uses 2012 U.S. Census American Community Survey... Read More About New report on bicycle commuting
April 8, 2014

Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety .  The guide was designed to achieve two objectives: To... Read More About Guide for Maintaining Pedestrian Facilities for Enhanced Safety
April 7, 2014

TFIC Releases $1.8 Billion Proposal for State Transportation Funding

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition proposal would support both pay-as-you-go spending and bonding for state transportation needs. Read More About TFIC Releases $1.8 Billion Proposal for State Transportation Funding
April 2, 2014

Updating the GO TO 2040 Implementation Action Areas

The GO TO 2040 update process has allowed CMAP to enhance the alignment of plan recommendations with responsible parties to reflect progress and other variables. Read More About Updating the GO TO 2040 Implementation Action Areas
April 2, 2014

Bicycle road safety audits

The Federal Highway Administration published the report " Bicycle Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists ."  Road Safety Audits (RSAs) are a formal process for examining and... Read More About Bicycle road safety audits
April 2, 2014

Smart Growth America ranks Chicago region among national leaders in effective patterns of land use

Metropolitan Chicago's land-use trends are among the top U.S. regions according to a new national report on smart growth patterns of 221 major metropolitan areas. Read More About Smart Growth America ranks Chicago region among national leaders in effective patterns of land use
March 28, 2014

Governor's Budget Address

Governor Quinn's FY15 budget proposal would affect GO TO 2040 priorities for tax policy and infrastructure. Read More About Governor's Budget Address
March 25, 2014

Road-diets and their effect on safety

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has produced a report that reviews and synthesizes research on the effectiveness of road diets in improving safety.  The report,... Read More About Road-diets and their effect on safety
March 25, 2014

Bicycle signals added to MUTCD

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued interim approval for the optional use of bicycle signals as a traffic control device.  An FHWA memorandum dated December 24, 2013... Read More About Bicycle signals added to MUTCD
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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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