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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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June 5, 2017  

Study compares Strava data with ACS data

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported on findings from a study of the association between Strava Inc . user-generated activity... Read More About Study compares Strava data with ACS data
June 5, 2017  

Vision Zero leads to lower speed limits

The cities of Seattle and Boston are both pursuing lowering speed limits city-wide.  The Seattle Times reports that the city is considering reducing the default speed limit on arterials... Read More About Vision Zero leads to lower speed limits
June 5, 2017  

AARP article outlines benefits of bicycle-friendly streets for non-cyclists

AARP's Livable Communities initiative describes ten ways in which bicycle-friendly streets can be good even for persons who don't ride bicycles.  Bicycle-friendly friendly streets... Read More About AARP article outlines benefits of bicycle-friendly streets for non-cyclists
June 5, 2017  

Zipcar and Zagster form partnership called Zipbike

The car-sharing service Zipcar announced a partnership with the bike-share company Zagster to launch the bike-sharing service Zipbike on 15 college campuses.  The new service is "the... Read More About Zipcar and Zagster form partnership called Zipbike
May 31, 2017  

Bicycle boxes receive interim approval from FHWA

In October 2016, the Federal Highway Administration issued a memorandum granting an Interim Approval for the use of intersection bicycle boxes. Read More About Bicycle boxes receive interim approval from FHWA
May 31, 2017  

Study identifies strategies to advance Vision Zero programs

An article in Transportation Research Record, Volume 2582, "A Vision for Transportation Safety Framework for Identifying Best Practice Strategies to Advance Vision Zero," presents a Traffic... Read More About Study identifies strategies to advance Vision Zero programs
May 25, 2017  

Searchable library of studies on the benefits of trails

Headwater Economics, an independent, nonprofit research group working to improve community development and land management decisions, primarily in the western U.S., has created an online,... Read More About Searchable library of studies on the benefits of trails
May 25, 2017  

Every Body Walk! Collaborative has produced a social justice toolkit

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative have created a Social Justice Toolkit .  The toolkit seeks to provide organizations and individuals working within the walking... Read More About Every Body Walk! Collaborative has produced a social justice toolkit
May 15, 2017  

FHWA updates webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources

The Federal Highway Administration has updated its table " Pedestrian and Bicycle Funding Opportunities: U.S. Department of Transportation Transit, Highway, and Safety Funds " to account for the... Read More About FHWA updates webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources
May 15, 2017  

Report on walking and its benefits

The publications division of the multidisciplinary, international architecture and engineering and architecture firm, Arup, has released the report, Cities Alive: Towards a Walking World . The... Read More About Report on walking and its benefits
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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…leading 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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