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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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July 26, 2016  

Report on physical activity as a solution for obesity

The Food and Nutrition Board – part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Institute of Medicine – has released a summary of an April 2015 workshop that explored... Read More About Report on physical activity as a solution for obesity
July 26, 2016  

Study explores drivers’ compliance with pedestrian signage

A  study by the Center for Urban Transportation Research for the Florida Department of Transportation explores driver compliance at signalized intersections with signs aimed at increasing... Read More About Study explores drivers’ compliance with pedestrian signage
July 18, 2016  

FTA web page on bicycle-related funding opportunities

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has created a page listing the FTA's many bicycle-related infrastructure funding opportunities aimed at improving personal mobility and public... Read More About FTA web page on bicycle-related funding opportunities
July 18, 2016  

Pedestrian and bicycle road safety assessments summarized in new report

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) has published a document summarizing the results of 52 road safety assessments (RSA) from across the country as part of the Secretary of... Read More About Pedestrian and bicycle road safety assessments summarized in new report
July 11, 2016  

Report reviews transportation accessibility progress and problems

The National Council on Disability has updated its influential 2005 report, The Current State of Transportation For People With Disabilities in the United States . The new report, ... Read More About Report reviews transportation accessibility progress and problems
July 11, 2016  

Free album of high-quality “everyday cycling” photos

PeopleForBikes and the Green Lane Project have created an album of "everyday bicycling" photos for journalists and advocates to access high-resolution photographs of adults, kids, and... Read More About Free album of high-quality “everyday cycling” photos
July 5, 2016  

Study finds that bicycle helmet laws are not a factor in reducing bike-injury hospitalizations

A Canadian study examined bicycling hospitalization rates in jurisdictions with different helmet legislation and bicycling mode shares to determine whether hospitalization rates were related... Read More About Study finds that bicycle helmet laws are not a factor in reducing bike-injury hospitalizations
July 5, 2016  

U.S. DOT Fast Lane blog post touts road diets

A recent post by FHWA administrator Gregory Nadeau for the Fast Lane blog describes road diets and their benefits in relation to safety and traffic operations, traffic calming, the... Read More About U.S. DOT Fast Lane blog post touts road diets
June 27, 2016  

Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications

The Active Transportation Alliance announced the second round of the Healthy HotSpot planning assistance program, which provides assistance to suburban Cook County communities to develop active... Read More About Active Transportation Alliance accepting “Healthy HotSpot” applications
June 27, 2016  

CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, as part of its "Making Healthy Living Easier" initiative, has produced the Built Environment Assessment Tool (BE... Read More About CDC launches a Built Environment Assessment Tool
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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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