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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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December 1, 2015  

Report measures streetscape features’ impact on pedestrian activity

A  study published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research has analyzed the relationship between streetscape features and pedestrian activity. The study measured 20 streetscape... Read More About Report measures streetscape features’ impact on pedestrian activity
December 1, 2015  

Study tracks positive economic and traffic impacts of protected bike lanes

For his thesis, a University of Denver graduate student analyzed economic and traffic changes along stretches of Larimer and 15 th streets following the installation of protected bicycle... Read More About Study tracks positive economic and traffic impacts of protected bike lanes
December 1, 2015  

Upcoming webinars of interest

The following webinar series on pedestrian safety countermeasures is presented by the Federal Highway Administration and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: "Countermeasure... Read More About Upcoming webinars of interest
November 23, 2015  

Best practices for reimagining streets as places

The Project for Public Spaces has written an article on " Streets as Places ." It looks at the role street design plays in aiding or thwarting a sense of community. Also, the best-planned... Read More About Best practices for reimagining streets as places
November 23, 2015  

Report quantifies benefits of designing active cities

Active Living Research has published a report outlining how cities with more physically active populations benefit in a myriad of ways. The report's underlying premise is that an active city... Read More About Report quantifies benefits of designing active cities
November 17, 2015  

Safe Routes to School reports address equity and community violence

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership has released two reports that explore how social inequities and the threat of violence can impede active transportation in low-income... Read More About Safe Routes to School reports address equity and community violence
November 17, 2015  

Walkability workbook provides communities technical assistance

The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, together with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Project for Public Spaces, and AECOM, have published the Walkability Workbook... Read More About Walkability workbook provides communities technical assistance
November 10, 2015  

AARP develops livability fact sheets

AARP, in partnership with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, created the Livability Fact Sheets series to help provide practical assistance and resources for cities and... Read More About AARP develops livability fact sheets
November 10, 2015  

Designing safer cities

A   report from the World Resources Institute highlights how the 1.24 million global annual traffic fatalities are a critical issue that hampers economic development and that developing... Read More About Designing safer cities
November 4, 2015  

Adopting Accessibility Standards

What makes for a "livable community?"  GO TO 2040 , the comprehensive regional plan for northeastern Illinois, envisions a region with a dynamic economy, abundant open spaces, a strong... Read More About Adopting Accessibility Standards
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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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