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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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October 10, 2017  

Nonprofit releases report on placemaking’s role in improving health

The Project for Public Spaces released The Case for Healthy Places – a report of peer-reviewed research on the relationship between placemaking and health, offering evidence-based guidance,... Read More About Nonprofit releases report on placemaking’s role in improving health
October 10, 2017  

PBIC white paper on improving ped-bike connections as part of bridge rehab

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has published a white paper focusing on opportunities to reconnect bicycle and pedestrian networks through bridge rehabilitation projects.... Read More About PBIC white paper on improving ped-bike connections as part of bridge rehab
October 10, 2017  

ITEP call-for-projects announced by IDOT

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the 2018 Illinois Transportation Enhancements Program (ITEP) grant application cycle.  ITEP provides funding for community-based... Read More About ITEP call-for-projects announced by IDOT
October 2, 2017  

Study tests systems to warn pedestrians of turning buses

The Transportation Research Record has published an article on a study to test three commercially available systems designed to warn pedestrians of turning transit buses.  The test... Read More About Study tests systems to warn pedestrians of turning buses
October 2, 2017  

Report on access to jobs by transit

As part of its Access Across America initiative, the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota published Access Across America: Transit 2014 , which examines the... Read More About Report on access to jobs by transit
September 25, 2017  

PBIC announces Walk Friendly Communities

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announced that seven communities renewed their Walk Friendly Communities status, including the City of Chicago (Gold-level). The other... Read More About PBIC announces Walk Friendly Communities
September 25, 2017  

Before-after study in Boston reveals connection between bicycle infrastructure and bicycle use and bicyclist safety

The American Journal of Public Health has published a study evaluating changes in bicycle use and cyclist safety in Boston, MA, following the rapid expansion of its bicycle infrastructure... Read More About Before-after study in Boston reveals connection between bicycle infrastructure and bicycle use and bicyclist safety
September 19, 2017  

New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced

  The League of American Bicyclists announced new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFCs), including renewing communities from our region: Chicago (Silver-level), Evanston... Read More About New Bicycle Friendly Communities announced
September 19, 2017  

NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians

U.S. DOT's Fast Lane blog announced the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's issuance of a requirement for synthetic sound to be added to "quiet" cars (newly-manufactured... Read More About NHTSA releases new, quiet-car standard to protect pedestrians
September 12, 2017  

Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan

The Active Transportation Alliance released the Chicago River Trail Action Plan .  The plan provides a vision and lays out key steps to create a continuous trail on the north and south... Read More About Active Trans Chicago River Trail Action Plan
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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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