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November 25, 2014

Public input on IL Route 53/120 corridor land use plan

Thanks to all that participated in the IL Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Plan open houses in Grayslake and Lake Zurich this November. Read More About Public input on IL Route 53/120 corridor land use plan
November 24, 2014

FHWA updates to Bicycle and Pedestrian Program webpages

The Federal Highway Administration recently updated two important webpages in the agency's Bicycle and Pedestrian Program .  The first web page covers funding opportunities for... Read More About FHWA updates to Bicycle and Pedestrian Program webpages
November 24, 2014

NCHRP report on estimating bicycle and walking for planning and project development

A new Transportation Research Board (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) report (Report 770), "Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development: A... Read More About NCHRP report on estimating bicycle and walking for planning and project development
November 18, 2014

Bicycle friendly businesses announced

The League of American Bicyclists announced 150 new and existing  Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 39 states and the District of Columbia. This is the largest group of awardees in... Read More About Bicycle friendly businesses announced
November 18, 2014

Recommended bicycle lane widths

A new National Cooperative Highway Research Program report (NCHRP 766), " Recommended Bicycle Lane Widths for Various Roadway Characteristics ," seeks to refine existing guidance and... Read More About Recommended bicycle lane widths
November 12, 2014

FUND 2040 for regional infrastructure

CMAP is building a coalition to support this proposed regional infrastructure fund for transportation, water, and open space. Read More About FUND 2040 for regional infrastructure
November 7, 2014

Voters consider state and local land use transportation funding measures

Several states considered ballot measures on land use and transportation funding on Election Day. Read More About Voters consider state and local land use transportation funding measures
October 30, 2014

CMAP Muni-Blast, 10-30-14

The latest newsletter features highlights from the 2014 biennial municipal survey. Read More About CMAP Muni-Blast, 10-30-14
October 29, 2014

Pedestrian fatalities higher in lower income neighborhoods

Governing magazine published a report , "America's Poor Neighborhoods Plagued by Pedestrian Deaths,"  that provides results of an analysis of more than 22,000 U.S. traffic accidents from... Read More About Pedestrian fatalities higher in lower income neighborhoods
October 28, 2014

Overview of Freight Flows into and out of the Chicago Region

A new Policy Updates series analyzes freight flows, trends, and challenges in the Chicago region. Read More About Overview of Freight Flows into and out of the Chicago Region
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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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