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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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August 31, 2015  

Separated bike lane planning and design guide

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide . The Guide outlines planning considerations and design options for separated bike lanes... Read More About Separated bike lane planning and design guide
August 31, 2015  

Rochester area bike sharing program study

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released a report that explores the feasibility of implementing a bike share system throughout Rochester, NY and the surrounding... Read More About Rochester area bike sharing program study
August 31, 2015  

Liability aspects of pedestrian facilities

The Transportation Research Board has published a Legal Research Digest (No. 65) on aspects of liability arising from pedestrian facilities.  The digest addresses legal claims that... Read More About Liability aspects of pedestrian facilities
August 25, 2015  

Index to design manual’s bicycle and pedestrian treatments

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center created the Design Resource Index to help practitioners find key information on non-motorized facilities and quickly navigate between resources by... Read More About Index to design manual’s bicycle and pedestrian treatments
August 25, 2015  

Practitioners’ guide to bike share

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released its first "Practitioners' Paper," Walkable Station Spacing is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share .  The... Read More About Practitioners’ guide to bike share
August 25, 2015  

NCHRP’s Active Trans Priority Tool Guidebook

The Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released " Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Along Existing Roads – ActiveTrans Priority Tool... Read More About NCHRP’s Active Trans Priority Tool Guidebook
August 21, 2015  

Air Freight Activity in the Chicago Metropolitan Region

This Policy Update looks at the current trends and challenges facing air freight and planned improvements meant to increase freight capacity at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Read More About Air Freight Activity in the Chicago Metropolitan Region
August 18, 2015  

Study on the effects of removing parking for parklets

Philadelphia's University City District has released The Case for Parklets: Measuring the Impact on Sidewalk Vitality and Neighborhood Businesses , a new study indicating that reducing... Read More About Study on the effects of removing parking for parklets
August 18, 2015  

San Diego bike count program shows large increase

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), with the assistance of San Diego State University's Active Transportation Research , installed automated bike counters throughout San Diego... Read More About San Diego bike count program shows large increase
August 18, 2015  

Illinois Bike Summit, October 28 in Champaign

The League of Illinois Bicyclists, in partnership with Champaign County Bikes, invites you to attend the fourth annual Illinois Bike Summit , which will take place on October 28 in Champaign,... Read More About Illinois Bike Summit, October 28 in Champaign
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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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