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October 17, 2014

Report highlights regional transit governance systems

The Eno Center for Transportation report profiles the governance and funding of transit systems in six major metropolitan areas. Read More About Report highlights regional transit governance systems
October 16, 2014

Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program

Twenty-five new projects led by local governments and nonprofits will receive CMAP staff assistance or grants to drive implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Read More About Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program
October 15, 2014

Community financing for innovative bicycle facilities

A June 2014 Advocacy Advance report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, How Communities are Paying for Innovative On-street Bicycle Infrastructure ... Read More About Community financing for innovative bicycle facilities
October 9, 2014

GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law

Please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040 for all GO TO 2040 plan materials. Read More About GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law
October 8, 2014

Bike lanes effect on motorist distance from cyclists when passing

Most studies concerned with the influence of on-street bike lanes on safety rely on crash data for evaluation, but a study from researchers at the University of Waterloo examined the lateral... Read More About Bike lanes effect on motorist distance from cyclists when passing
October 8, 2014

Review and ranking of metro area walkability

A  2014 report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros , identifies what the authors call "WalkUPs" (Wakable Urban Places) in the country's 30... Read More About Review and ranking of metro area walkability
October 1, 2014

Federal Freight and Transportation Action Roundup

This year has seen increased Congressional interest in freight and transportation, including two bills, two proposals, and a report on P3s. Read More About Federal Freight and Transportation Action Roundup
September 30, 2014

Study of protected bike lanes in the U.S.

Portland State University's National Institute of Transportation and Communities released a report that evaluates U.S. protected bicycle lanes (cycle tracks) in terms of their use,... Read More About Study of protected bike lanes in the U.S.
September 30, 2014

Upcoming PBIC webinar series

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will offer a three-part webinar series in October focused on creating a safer bicycling environment through facility planning and... Read More About Upcoming PBIC webinar series
September 24, 2014

House Committee Advances Passenger Rail Bill

The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2014 would authorize $5.8 billion in core spending for Amtrak through FY 2018, along with enacting various reforms. Read More About House Committee Advances Passenger Rail Bill
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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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