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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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May 23, 2016  

City of Chicago 2015 bikeways year-in-review report

The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have published their annual bikeway report . The document highlights that in 2015 CDOT installed 42 miles of new and... Read More About City of Chicago 2015 bikeways year-in-review report
May 23, 2016  

U.S. DOT publishes factsheet on vehicle-to-pedestrian communications

The U.S. Department of Transportation describes in a factsheet research and tests of connected and automated vehicle research, as described in.  Along with other strategies and... Read More About U.S. DOT publishes factsheet on vehicle-to-pedestrian communications
May 23, 2016  

Study measures cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related particulate matter riding in different kinds of bicycle lanes

A Transportation Research Record article measures how two different types of bicycle lanes impact cyclists' exposure to exhaust pollution.  The research compares the amount of ultrafine... Read More About Study measures cyclists’ exposure to traffic-related particulate matter riding in different kinds of bicycle lanes
May 16, 2016  

Innovative protected intersection installed in Salt Lake City

The Boston NPR program, Here & Now , discussed the installation of a protected  intersection in Salt Lake City, Utah with the city's transportation director and the director of the... Read More About Innovative protected intersection installed in Salt Lake City
May 16, 2016  

Road Diet desk reference offers shortcut for transportation agencies

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a " Road Diet Desk Reference ," which gives a broad overview of the treatment, discusses reasons to consider a road diet, how to... Read More About Road Diet desk reference offers shortcut for transportation agencies
May 16, 2016  

Study examines whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling

An article in The Journal of Transport and Land Use addresses the question of whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling. Despite the two often being combined into one... Read More About Study examines whether characteristics of walkable environments support bicycling
May 9, 2016  

Twin Cities considers canoe- and bike-sharing programs

Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports that the National Park Service is testing both bike and canoe sharing services in the 72-mile long Mississippi National River & Recreation Area southeast... Read More About Twin Cities considers canoe- and bike-sharing programs
May 9, 2016  

FHWA updates guidance on bicycle and walking

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has revised its web page for bicycle and pedestrian provisions in federal transportation legislation. The page describes resources related to... Read More About FHWA updates guidance on bicycle and walking
May 9, 2016  

Smartphone app crowdsources sidewalk data

A recently developed smart phone application called pathVu will collect data submitted by its users about the quality and condition of sidewalks, giving users the option to map their routes... Read More About Smartphone app crowdsources sidewalk data
May 2, 2016  

Study examines the effect walkability has on housing values, foreclosures, and crime

A study published in Cities: the International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, analyzes the characteristics of 170 census tracts in Louisville, KY to better understand what effect... Read More About Study examines the effect walkability has on housing values, foreclosures, and crime
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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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