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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 26, 2015  

Minnesota statewide initiative to count pedestrians and bicyclists

The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota (CTSUMN) -- in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Minnesota Department of Health, and... Read More About Minnesota statewide initiative to count pedestrians and bicyclists
June 24, 2015  

Vouchers for green public vehicles

The City of Chicago is looking for taxi, livery, and similar public passenger fleet vendors interested in reducing their fleets‘ carbon footprint to apply for the Drive Clean Taxi program.... Read More About Vouchers for green public vehicles
June 23, 2015  

Economic benefits of non-motorized transportation

The Federal Highway Administration Office of Human Environment has published a white paper examining potential methods for evaluating the economic benefits of non-motorized transportation. ... Read More About Economic benefits of non-motorized transportation
June 23, 2015  

NCHRP design guidance on accessible pedestrian signals

A  report from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program presents guidelines, training materials, and resources for implementation of accessible pedestrian signals (APS). The... Read More About NCHRP design guidance on accessible pedestrian signals
June 16, 2015  

Interactive tool highlights accessibility by travel mode

The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago has developed the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer . The new map-based, interactive visualization tool... Read More About Interactive tool highlights accessibility by travel mode
June 15, 2015  

Equity and bikeway facilities

PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking & Walking have produced a report  entitled "Building Equity -- Race, ethnicity, class, and protected bike lanes: An idea book for fairer... Read More About Equity and bikeway facilities
June 15, 2015  

Cycle tracks that manage stormwater

In response to persistent flooding in Copenhagen, Copenhagenize Design Co. has developed an imaginative concept that would transform existing and future cycle tracks into high-volume rainwater... Read More About Cycle tracks that manage stormwater
June 10, 2015  

Joseph C. Szabo tapped to be next CMAP executive director

New executive director has varied experience in local, state, federal governments, civic affairs, and transportation. Read More About Joseph C. Szabo tapped to be next CMAP executive director
June 9, 2015  

First half of Cal-Sag Trail opens

The western portion of the Cal-Sag Trail , from Cicero Avenue in Alsip to Illinois Route 83 in Lemont, is now open for residents to use for recreational activities such as biking, walking,... Read More About First half of Cal-Sag Trail opens
June 9, 2015  

Edinburgh, Scotland expands 20 mph speed limits

Edinburgh, Scotland has created a plan to cap the speed limit at 20 mph across 80 percent of its roads, including the entirety of its downtown area.  The strategy aims to improve air... Read More About Edinburgh, Scotland expands 20 mph speed limits
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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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