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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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February 8, 2016  

FHWA clarifies common misconceptions about federal transportation funding use

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highways Administration issued a statement and clarification addressing common misconceptions regarding federal transportation funding... Read More About FHWA clarifies common misconceptions about federal transportation funding use
February 8, 2016  

CDOT turns to crowdsourcing to improve city’s bike parking and track abandoned bikes

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has launched an interactive mapping website for bicycle parking.  The website allows users to see where parking racks currently exist,... Read More About CDOT turns to crowdsourcing to improve city’s bike parking and track abandoned bikes
February 1, 2016  

Video explains benefits of road diets

An article in CityLab presents an animated video tour of four different street redesigns by author and urbanist Jeff Speck. The video discusses different approaches to re-appropriating road... Read More About Video explains benefits of road diets
February 1, 2016  

How to promote physical activity through the aesthetics of places

If communities want to design places where people are active, they need to understand the links between physical activity and the built environment.  A place's actual characteristics,... Read More About How to promote physical activity through the aesthetics of places
January 26, 2016  

Tip-sheets for youth on bicycle and pedestrian safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released two factsheets designed to engage youth in discussing and learning about some of the common behavioral causes of bicycle... Read More About Tip-sheets for youth on bicycle and pedestrian safety
January 26, 2016  

White paper helps communities model walking and bicycling activity to inform future investment

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center released a white paper , to help communities quantify future demand for walking and bicycling facilities. The document offers a review of emerging... Read More About White paper helps communities model walking and bicycling activity to inform future investment
January 21, 2016  

Proposed railroad merger would have unknown but significant impacts on the region

In recent months, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) has expressed interest in purchasing the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), which the NS has opposed .  CP argues that the combined... Read More About Proposed railroad merger would have unknown but significant impacts on the region
January 19, 2016  

Toolkit is a guide for improving pedestrian and bike safety around university campuses

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has released a comprehensive guide that addresses the unique challenges that planners and transportation managers face when working to make... Read More About Toolkit is a guide for improving pedestrian and bike safety around university campuses
January 19, 2016  

National Association of Realtors release community and transportation preference survey results

The National Association of Realtors and Portland State University released the results of the 2015 Community and Transportation Preference Survey . The national poll of 3,000 adults in the 50... Read More About National Association of Realtors release community and transportation preference survey results
January 14, 2016  

CMAP Next Plan Launch Event, 2-24-16

Please join us to launch the development of an entirely new regional comprehensive plan, building on the GO TO 2040 plan that was adopted in October 2010. Read More About CMAP Next Plan Launch Event, 2-24-16
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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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