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August 27, 2014

City of Chicago year-in-review report on bikeways

The City of Chicago and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)'s " 2013 Bikeways – Year in Review " shows that CDOT is approximately halfway finished with the plan to install 100 miles... Read More About City of Chicago year-in-review report on bikeways
August 27, 2014

Guide to reimagining streets

A new book, Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations , uses examples, evidence, and information from real-life street projects that were implemented... Read More About Guide to reimagining streets
August 19, 2014

Memberships for Boston’s bike are prescribed by doctors

According to a Boston Globe article , the City of Boston, in partnership with Boston Medical Center (BMC), has initiated a program to subsidize bike-sharing memberships for low-income... Read More About Memberships for Boston’s bike are prescribed by doctors
August 19, 2014

Census report on bicycling and walking to work

In May 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau issued an American Community Survey (ACS) report on bicycling and walking to work in the U.S.  The report uses the five-year ACS data to look at trends... Read More About Census report on bicycling and walking to work
August 12, 2014

Grand Illinois Trail signs

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is offering free trail designation signs to Grand Illinois Trail (GIT) partner jurisdictions for both on- and off-road segments, including:... Read More About Grand Illinois Trail signs
August 12, 2014

New report – Safe Routes to Everywhere

The Partnership for Active Transportation presents its new policy platform " Safe Routes to Everywhere: Building Healthy Places for Healthy People Through Active Transportation Networks ... Read More About New report – Safe Routes to Everywhere
August 5, 2014

Smart growth and economic success

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a report on possible connections between smart growth strategies and the fiscal strength of local governments.  It reviews the... Read More About Smart growth and economic success
August 5, 2014

Promoting walking and cycling through zoning and subdivision codes

ChangeLab Solutions developed " Move This Way: Making Neighborhoods More Walkable and Bikeable ," which explains how to use zoning and subdivision codes to make a community more walkable and... Read More About Promoting walking and cycling through zoning and subdivision codes
July 30, 2014

Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill Extension

The version passed by the Senate would provide $8.1 billion in transfers to the Highway Trust Fund to extend the federal transportation program through December 19, 2014 Read More About Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill Extension
July 29, 2014

Monitoring bicyclist and pedestrian travel and behavior

The Transportation Research Board has released the e-circular, " Monitoring Bicyclist and Pedestrian Travel and Behavior ."  The circular is intended to chronicle recent advancements in... Read More About Monitoring bicyclist and pedestrian travel and behavior
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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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