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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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April 14, 2015

Transportation and public health

The Federal Highways Administration's bimonthly magazine, Public Roads, published an article examining how transportation affects public health.  The article gives an overview of the... Read More About Transportation and public health
April 14, 2015

U.S. DOT announces Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets

U.S. DOT is encouraging mayors and local elected to participate in the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets this March and commit to helping their communities undertake seven... Read More About U.S. DOT announces Mayors’ Summit for Safer People, Safer Streets
April 14, 2015

Stand Up 4 Transportation

CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, Pace, and other supporters around the nation are asking the U.S. Congress to pass a long-term surface... Read More About Stand Up 4 Transportation
April 7, 2015

Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties

Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) helps local elected officials develop long-term, sustainable, and holistic strategies to promote improved nutrition and increased physical... Read More About Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties
April 7, 2015

Case studies on bicycle and pedestrian maintenance

Advocacy Advance – a partnership of the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking – released the report, " How Communities are Paying to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes,... Read More About Case studies on bicycle and pedestrian maintenance
April 7, 2015

CMAQ/TAP project applications review

The call for projects for the FFY 2016-2020 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program and FFY 2015-2016 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) has closed, and... Read More About CMAQ/TAP project applications review
April 7, 2015

Access CMAP data with new online portal

The CMAP Data Hub provides partners with information and data relevant to planning in the seven-county metropolitan region.  CMAP uses demographic data to prepare forecasts of population... Read More About Access CMAP data with new online portal
April 7, 2015

Video tour of Bloomingdale Trail

CBS Chicago featured a video tour of the Bloomingdale Trail, the 2.7 mile centerpiece of "The 606" network of parks and trails.  Construction on the trail is ramping up in advance of the... Read More About Video tour of Bloomingdale Trail
April 7, 2015

U.S. Department of Transportation announces TIGER grant funding

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced that $500 million will be made available through the seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic... Read More About U.S. Department of Transportation announces TIGER grant funding
March 31, 2015

Review of research on the benefits of walkable places

A CityLab article by Richard Florida reviews a number of recently published studies linking walkable neighborhoods to higher home values, fewer foreclosures, lower crime, better health,... Read More About Review of research on the benefits of walkable places
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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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