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Mobility

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 3, 2015

Pilot project – bike path made of solar panels

A pilot project in the Netherlands that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path recently opened in Krommenie, outside Amsterdam.  The project embeds solar cells into the... Read More About Pilot project – bike path made of solar panels
March 3, 2015

Bicycles for freight

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority released a report that discusses commodities and sectors served by cargo cycles and freight tricycle traffic performance in New York... Read More About Bicycles for freight
February 27, 2015

Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

This Policy Update analyzes Governor Rauner's budget FY16 proposal in light of CMAP and GO TO 2040 priorities. Read More About Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal
February 25, 2015

Webinar: Mapping bicycle stress-level

Traditional bike maps and analysis tools don't always tell the whole story. A free webinar on Friday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. to noon CT will teach attendees a new way to map routes and... Read More About Webinar: Mapping bicycle stress-level
February 23, 2015

Webinar on speed management for pedestrian and bicycle safety

The National Highway Institute will present a free webinar on speed management to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from noon – 1:30 p.m. CT. Advance ... Read More About Webinar on speed management for pedestrian and bicycle safety
February 23, 2015

Chicago bike lane among America’s 10 best new bike lanes

The City of Chicago's Broadway Avenue facility, which runs for approximately a quarter-mile through a busy commercial district in the Uptown neighborhood, was among PeopleForBikes' ten best... Read More About Chicago bike lane among America’s 10 best new bike lanes
February 20, 2015

CREATE Program Status Check

New Policy Update provides background information on the CREATE program, including its project portfolio, implementation status, and performance impacts. Read More About CREATE Program Status Check
February 20, 2015

Rail Crossing Delays in Metropolitan Chicago

The region's dense rail network plays a key role in moving both goods and passengers, but imposes costs on local communities. A New Policy Update focuses on rail crossing delays. Read More About Rail Crossing Delays in Metropolitan Chicago
February 19, 2015

Bicycle Friendly Communities

The League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) in all 50 states. The program is intended to encourage communities to improve conditions for... Read More About Bicycle Friendly Communities
February 19, 2015

Bikeshare study interviews experts and surveys users

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University has released a report evaluating public bikesharing in North America. It reviews the change in travel behavior exhibited by... Read More About Bikeshare study interviews experts and surveys users
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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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