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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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March 21, 2017  

Report examines equity in pedestrian and bicycle planning

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina has produced a white paper entitled, " Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning ." The paper,... Read More About Report examines equity in pedestrian and bicycle planning
March 21, 2017  

FHWA releases idea book for bicycle network mapping

The Federal Highway Administration published an  idea book  for mapping bicycle networks. The resource highlights ways that different communities have mapped their existing and... Read More About FHWA releases idea book for bicycle network mapping
March 13, 2017  

Guide to pop-up traffic calming installations

A guide from Trailnet – Slow Your Street: A How-to Guide for Pop-up Traffic Calming – describes the process of creating temporary, pop-up traffic calming treatments, a form of tactical... Read More About Guide to pop-up traffic calming installations
March 13, 2017  

Amtrak introduces policy for carry-on bicycles

Amtrak has rolled out a policy to allow  standard, full-size bicycles to be taken onboard and stored in bicycle racks on select trains, including trains traveling from Chicago to... Read More About Amtrak introduces policy for carry-on bicycles
March 7, 2017  

Governing Magazine looks at what makes bike share successful

An article in Governing Magazine examines why Seattle's bike sharing system has struggled to attract riders and what makes bike share programs thrive.  The article points to several... Read More About Governing Magazine looks at what makes bike share successful
March 7, 2017  

Report looks at best practice for rumble strips and stripes

A synthesis report from the Transportation Research Board documents current practices used by states to install rumble strips and stripes.   Explored are variations in practice in... Read More About Report looks at best practice for rumble strips and stripes
February 27, 2017  

UK Department for Transport releases cycling and walking investment strategy

The Department for Transport in the United Kingdom released a report that outlines a national strategy for increasing active transportation and reducing the injuries and fatalities of... Read More About UK Department for Transport releases cycling and walking investment strategy
February 27, 2017  

Report looks at trends in active transportation and real estate development

The Urban Land Institute, as part of its Building Healthy Places Initiative, has released a report, " Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier ," that explores trends and... Read More About Report looks at trends in active transportation and real estate development
February 21, 2017  

NHTSA publishes primer for advancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published, " Advancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety: A Primer for Highway Safety Professionals ." The primer is intended for highway safety... Read More About NHTSA publishes primer for advancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety
February 21, 2017  

Review of studies on the effect of portable electronic devices on pedestrian safety

The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Behavioral Safety Research has published a literature review on the effect of... Read More About Review of studies on the effect of portable electronic devices on pedestrian safety
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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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