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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 23, 2017  

Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning

Brazilian members of the World Cycling Alliance, supported by the Instituto Clima e Sociedade , have published the guide " How to Include Cycling in Urban Mobility Plans ."  The guide,... Read More About Brazilian guide to including bicycling in transportation planning
August 23, 2017  

United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking

A report from UN Environment examines and documents the inclusion of non-motorized transportation in national or city policies in a sample of low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia,... Read More About United Nations report calls for greater investment in bicycling and walking
August 16, 2017  

SRTSNP produces toolkit for starting a walking school bus

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership (SRTSNP), in collaboration with the California Department of Health, has produced a toolkit designed to help parents, educators, and other... Read More About SRTSNP produces toolkit for starting a walking school bus
August 16, 2017  

Cities focused on making their residents more active

A recent article in Outside Magazine looks at how – and why – cities are working to promote active lifestyles for residents.  Among the primary strategies employed is that of... Read More About Cities focused on making their residents more active
August 16, 2017  

Article discusses push to achieve equity in bicycle infrastructure

An article in Momentum Magazine reports on the recent emergence of a movement led by bicycle advocates and advocacy organizations across the country to increase fairness, justice, and equity... Read More About Article discusses push to achieve equity in bicycle infrastructure
August 3, 2017  

Study of sidewalk continuity in low-income, minority neighborhoods

A study published in the Transportation Research Record entitled, "Environmental Justice and Pedestrianism: Sidewalk Continuity, Race, and Poverty in New Orleans, LA," addresses the relative... Read More About Study of sidewalk continuity in low-income, minority neighborhoods
August 3, 2017  

Report shows more children are walking to school

New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School reveals that, nationwide, walking to and from school increased from less than 14 percent to more than 17 percent of all trips... Read More About Report shows more children are walking to school
August 3, 2017  

Article examines differences in spending by local trail users

The Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Inc., examined whether urban, multiuse trail users are more likely to spend money and support retail businesses in trail corridors. The study... Read More About Article examines differences in spending by local trail users
July 24, 2017  

Article explores gender and bicycling in Oregon

An article in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board examines the gender gap in bicycling in the state of Oregon, where (as in other areas of the U.S.) a greater percentage of men... Read More About Article explores gender and bicycling in Oregon
July 24, 2017  

Article looks at the cost-effectiveness of bike lanes in New York City

The Journal of Injury Prevention evaluated the cost-effectiveness of investments in bike lanes using New York City. The article included a generalizable model, that may help localities... Read More About Article looks at the cost-effectiveness of bike lanes in New York City
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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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