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GO TO 2040 recognizes the importance of a modern transportation system to sustain our region's economy and quality of life.  Residents must be able to access a variety of jobs and communities in which to live, and businesses rely on timely shipments to receive inputs and deliver goods.

While the region's transportation system has long been a foundation of our success, it was built decades ago and is in need of significant investment.  Simply put, we must modernize our transportation system to compete in the global economy.  CMAP's work plan emphasizes the following mobility topics:


CMAP uses data to prioritize projects and make investment decisions.  Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore this data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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July 28, 2015  

Advances and challenges in accessibility

A new post explores the impact of Americans with Disabilities Act has had since being enacted twenty-five years ago. Read More About Advances and challenges in accessibility
July 28, 2015  

Examination of crash report templates

An article in Injury Prevention examines crash report templates and the information collected in them.  These templates are designed for reporting crashes between motor vehicles, not... Read More About Examination of crash report templates
July 28, 2015  

America Walks practice briefs

America Walks , in partnership with Every Body Walk! Collaborative and expert Mark Fenton, has released Getting Started Practice Briefs .  The briefs are designed provide local... Read More About America Walks practice briefs
July 28, 2015  

Survey on protected bike lane design

People for Bikes' Green Lane Project is asking implementing agencies around the country to complete their new Survey of Cities on Protected Bike Lane Designs .  The survey is intended... Read More About Survey on protected bike lane design
July 27, 2015  

Proposed CMAQ/TAP projects available for public review

CMAP has released the proposed projects for its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Read More About Proposed CMAQ/TAP projects available for public review
July 27, 2015  

GO TO 2040/FFY 2014-19 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment comment period

See the amendment that would add two projects and a handful of modifications to existing projects to CMAP's Transportation Implementation Program. Read More About GO TO 2040/FFY 2014-19 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment comment period
July 20, 2015  

Better bus stops

The Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research Program has published the synthesis report, " Better On-Street Bus Stops " which explores major issues and successful... Read More About Better bus stops
July 20, 2015  

Guide to evaluating Complete Streets projects

AARP and the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, released " Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A guide for practitioners " to help transportation... Read More About Guide to evaluating Complete Streets projects
July 14, 2015  

Guidebook on pedestrian crossings along public transit rail lines

The Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 175, " Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services ," presents an array of... Read More About Guidebook on pedestrian crossings along public transit rail lines
July 14, 2015  

Building Healthy Places Toolkit

The Urban Land Institute and the Center for Active Design collaborated on toolkit of strategies for enhancing health at the building or project scale. In addition to healthy food and drinking... Read More About Building Healthy Places Toolkit
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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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