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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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May 22, 2015  

Recent Reports Explore State Revenue Reform Options and Challenges

The scheduled spring session of the 99 th Illinois General Assembly is coming to a close.  However, the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget has not yet been passed due to significant... Read More About Recent Reports Explore State Revenue Reform Options and Challenges
May 19, 2015  

Bicycles, Transportation Sustainability, and Quality of Life

A report from the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center presents research assessing the relationship between bicycling, sustainable transportation, and quality of life. The... Read More About Bicycles, Transportation Sustainability, and Quality of Life
May 19, 2015  

New Zealand bicycling safety strategy report

A new report from New Zealand's Safer Journeys, the national government's strategy to guide improvements in road safety over through 2020, provides recommendations for governments at all... Read More About New Zealand bicycling safety strategy report
May 12, 2015  

NCHRP design guidance on channelized right-turn lanes

A new report from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program documents and presents the results of research to develop design guidance for channelized right-turn lanes. ... Read More About NCHRP design guidance on channelized right-turn lanes
May 12, 2015  

FHWA releases new Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook

The Federal Highway Administration's Office of Planning released a new handbook designed to help state departments of transportation (DOT) develop or update state pedestrian and bicycle... Read More About FHWA releases new Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook
May 12, 2015  

Infrastructure Week 2015

May 11-15, 2015, marks the third annual Infrastructure Week , which features events and advocates from across business, labor, and public policy highlighting the importance of infrastructure... Read More About Infrastructure Week 2015
May 5, 2015  

Crowdsource bicyclist and pedestrian activity data

A new report from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, " Crowdsourcing Pedestrian and Cyclist Activity Data ," highlights how researchers can use new technology and mobile... Read More About Crowdsource bicyclist and pedestrian activity data
May 5, 2015  

Interactive map: How Americans Get to Work

FlowingData has posted an interactive map of the United States showing the estimated percentages of mode of travel to work by county.  The website "explores how statisticians, designers,... Read More About Interactive map: How Americans Get to Work
May 5, 2015  

2016 joint call for planning projects

CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) released a call for local projects across metropolitan Chicago through the RTA ... Read More About 2016 joint call for planning projects
May 4, 2015  

On the Table 2015

As part of The Chicago Community Trust On the Table event, CMAP will host a discussion about the importance of investment in the region's infrastructure on Tuesday, May 12, from 4:00 to 5:30... Read More About On the Table 2015
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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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