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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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September 26, 2016  

Guide on analyzing perceived benefits of Complete Streets

The University of South Florida's National Center for Transit Research has released a study analyzing whether there was any basis to anecdotal data linking the implementation of Complete... Read More About Guide on analyzing perceived benefits of Complete Streets
September 26, 2016  

Handbook analyzes users’ responses to bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements

A chapter within the Transportation Research Board's Transit Cooperative Research Program latest report examines pedestrian and bicyclist behavior and travel demand outcomes. The report... Read More About Handbook analyzes users’ responses to bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements
September 19, 2016  

Report focuses on pedestrian safety at unsignalized crossings

A recent research project sponsored by the Transportation Cooperative Research Program and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program focused on improving pedestrian safety at... Read More About Report focuses on pedestrian safety at unsignalized crossings
September 19, 2016  

New report investigates multimodal level-of-service on urban streets

A new report from the Transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program presents the results of a two-year investigation into how users of urban streets perceive... Read More About New report investigates multimodal level-of-service on urban streets
September 16, 2016  

Call for ON TO 2050 Regionally Significant Projects

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is our region's official comprehensive planning organization.  The agency and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive... Read More About Call for ON TO 2050 Regionally Significant Projects
September 13, 2016  

Research explores link between neighborhood income and pedestrian

A Washington Post article found that residents in low-income neighborhoods face statistically higher rates of pedestrian death. The article tracks this to cities' historic tendency of... Read More About Research explores link between neighborhood income and pedestrian
September 13, 2016  

Report outlines recommended bicycle lane widths for various roadway types

A report from the transportation Research Board's National Cooperative Highway Research Program presents recommendations for bicycle lane widths for various roadway and traffic... Read More About Report outlines recommended bicycle lane widths for various roadway types
August 31, 2016  

Union Station Transit Center to debut

The City of Chicago has announced that the Union Station Transit Center (USTC), a state-of-the-art new CTA bus boarding facility, will begin service on Sunday, September 4.  CMAP is pleased... Read More About Union Station Transit Center to debut
August 30, 2016  

Toolkit helps communities implement equitable health policies

ChangeLab Solutions new toolkit focuses on helping communities become healthier through the development of "Health in All Policies," which aim to help communities improve their overall... Read More About Toolkit helps communities implement equitable health policies
August 30, 2016  

Study considers how to evaluate the benefits and costs of active transportation

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute has updated and expanded its " Evaluating Active Transportation Benefits and Costs: Guide to Valuing Walking and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement... Read More About Study considers how to evaluate the benefits and costs of active transportation
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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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