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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
October 28, 2014

Bicycle Road Safety Audit training and technical assistance

While a Bicycle Road Safety Audit (RSA) follows the same principles and eight-step process of a standard RSA, it requires additional understanding of bicyclist safety in the transportation... Read More About Bicycle Road Safety Audit training and technical assistance
October 23, 2014

National report and initiative to better track fatal bicycle crashes

In May 2014, the League of American Bicyclists released a report as part of its Every Bicyclist Counts initiative to document fatal traffic crashes involving bicyclists over a 12-month... Read More About National report and initiative to better track fatal bicycle crashes
October 17, 2014

Report highlights regional transit governance systems

The Eno Center for Transportation report profiles the governance and funding of transit systems in six major metropolitan areas. Read More About Report highlights regional transit governance systems
October 16, 2014

Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program

Twenty-five new projects led by local governments and nonprofits will receive CMAP staff assistance or grants to drive implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Read More About Over two dozen new projects added to CMAP LTA program
October 15, 2014

Community financing for innovative bicycle facilities

A June 2014 Advocacy Advance report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, How Communities are Paying for Innovative On-street Bicycle Infrastructure ... Read More About Community financing for innovative bicycle facilities
October 9, 2014

GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law

Please visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040 for all GO TO 2040 plan materials. Read More About GO TO 2040 updated in accordance with federal law
October 8, 2014

Bike lanes effect on motorist distance from cyclists when passing

Most studies concerned with the influence of on-street bike lanes on safety rely on crash data for evaluation, but a study from researchers at the University of Waterloo examined the lateral... Read More About Bike lanes effect on motorist distance from cyclists when passing
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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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