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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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January 28, 2015

Reasonably Expected Revenues for the Regional Transportation System

While transportation is still a significant strength of northeastern Illinois, the region must enhance its existing funding streams and implement new revenue sources to support investments in the... Read More About Reasonably Expected Revenues for the Regional Transportation System
January 14, 2015

Street network design and health

An article in the Journal of Transport and Health entitled "Community Design, Street Networks, and Public Health" examines the influence of street network design on public health.  The... Read More About Street network design and health
January 14, 2015

“Build it for Isabella” campaign

The People for Bikes Green Lane Project has launched an education and awareness campaign to promote the concept that "every new bike project should strive to be usable by a... Read More About “Build it for Isabella” campaign
January 7, 2015

The effect of lane width on safety and delay

In an article for CityLab, " Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Safety and Must Be Replaced Now ," Jeff Speck explains that "the single best thing we can do for the health, wealth,... Read More About The effect of lane width on safety and delay
January 7, 2015

Road diet informational guide

The Federal Highway Administration has released " Road Diet: An Informational Guide " on safety, operational, and quality-of-life considerations connected with road diets.  A free webinar... Read More About Road diet informational guide
December 30, 2014

Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15

A CMAP Policy Update looks at regional and national implications of the omnibus appropriations bill for federal fiscal year 2015. Read More About Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15
December 16, 2014

Left-turn bike boxes

Bike boxes help cyclists safely and visibly position themselves ahead of quelling traffic at red lights.  One form of bike box is used in a two-stage left-turn maneuver, also known as a... Read More About Left-turn bike boxes
December 16, 2014

Smart pedestrian signals

An article on Urbanful , discusses the Green Man Plus pedestrian crossing signal system being implemented in Singapore.  The system addresses the need of certain pedestrians, like... Read More About Smart pedestrian signals
December 11, 2014

Veto Session Update

New Policy Update describes the Illinois General Assembly's recently adjourned two-week veto session and legislative initiatives that affect CMAP or are of interest to CMAP and its partners. Read More About Veto Session Update
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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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