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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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February 13, 2017  

Report compares bikeway networks and design in Netherlands and U.S.

A report from the Federal Highway Administration's Global Benchmarking Program explores similarities and differences in the approach to bicycle network planning and facility design in the... Read More About Report compares bikeway networks and design in Netherlands and U.S.
February 13, 2017  

Cook County DOT announces competitive grant program

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced Invest in Cook, a competitive transportation grant program to help fund improvements on local transportation... Read More About Cook County DOT announces competitive grant program
February 6, 2017  

Transportation Alternatives Program Performance Management Guidebook

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed a guidebook to provide sample performance objectives and measures that states, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and project... Read More About Transportation Alternatives Program Performance Management Guidebook
February 6, 2017  

Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures

U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has published a guidebook to help governmental agencies at all levels develop performance measures that can fully integrate... Read More About Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures
February 6, 2017  

Article questions the functionality of large U.S. fire trucks

An article in Fire Chief by retired Battalion Chief of the Chesterfield (VA) Fire and EMS Department and current president of Prevention Connection International argues that American fire... Read More About Article questions the functionality of large U.S. fire trucks
January 23, 2017  

Primer on incorporating on-street bicycle facilities into resurfacing projects

The Federal Highway Administration, with Toole Design Group and Cambridge Systematics, has published a workbook for municipalities, counties, state departments of transportation, and other... Read More About Primer on incorporating on-street bicycle facilities into resurfacing projects
January 23, 2017  

New federal safety measures include walking and bicycling

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has published new safety performance measures as part of its national safety program that calls for state and regional... Read More About New federal safety measures include walking and bicycling
January 17, 2017  

An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology have published a... Read More About An automated sidewalk quality and safety assessment tool
January 17, 2017  

White paper covers innovations in bicycle and pedestrian counts

A white paper produced by Alta Planning + Design reviews innovations, emerging technologies, and applications of bicycle and pedestrian counts in communities around the county. Read More About White paper covers innovations in bicycle and pedestrian counts
January 9, 2017  

Surgeon General calls for walking and more walkable communities

The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities as a key strategy to improve the health of U.S residents. The call to action complements and... Read More About Surgeon General calls for walking and more walkable communities
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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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