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Our region relies on its transit system, which benefits us all — not just the 2 million riders who commute each day by train or bus. Public transportation keeps cars off the roads, reduces congestion for everyone who drives, and improves air quality for all. And the mobility enabled by transit helps our economy and quality of life, giving people more choices for getting around.

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April 7, 2014

TFIC Releases $1.8 Billion Proposal for State Transportation Funding

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition proposal would support both pay-as-you-go spending and bonding for state transportation needs. Read More About TFIC Releases $1.8 Billion Proposal for State Transportation Funding
April 2, 2014

Updating the GO TO 2040 Implementation Action Areas

The GO TO 2040 update process has allowed CMAP to enhance the alignment of plan recommendations with responsible parties to reflect progress and other variables. Read More About Updating the GO TO 2040 Implementation Action Areas
November 16, 2011

CTA, Metra Approve Budgets for 2012

Making transit the preferred travel option for as many of the region's residents as possible is one of GO TO 2040's primary recommendations . Public transportation keeps cars off the roads,... Read More About CTA, Metra Approve Budgets for 2012
March 18, 2014

White House Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal

A CMAP Policy Update looks at regional and national implications of the Obama Administration's proposed 3.9 trillion budget for federal fiscal year 2015. Read More About White House Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal
February 18, 2014

Selecting and Updating GO TO 2040 Indicators

The GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan established a series of indicators and related targets to gauge implementation progress. As described previously , CMAP has initiated an update to... Read More About Selecting and Updating GO TO 2040 Indicators
January 21, 2014

Congress Releases Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY14

On January 17, 2014, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, which ends September 30, 2014. Combining 12 separate appropriations bills, the... Read More About Congress Releases Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY14
November 30, 2011

House Leaders to Introduce 5-Year Transportation Bill

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, along with Chairman Mica of the House Infrastructure and Finance Committee and other congressmen, held a press conference November... Read More About House Leaders to Introduce 5-Year Transportation Bill
November 18, 2011

Policy Analysis of MAP-21 Highway Reauthorization Bill, Part 2

This is the second and here is the first in a two-part Policy Update on MAP-21. CMAP's Overall Position on MAP-21 The remainder of this document analyzes MAP-21 according to each of... Read More About Policy Analysis of MAP-21 Highway Reauthorization Bill, Part 2
November 17, 2011

Policy Analysis of MAP-21 Highway Reauthorization Bill, Part 1

Please note that this is the first and here is the second in a two-part Policy Update about MAP-21. On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved the... Read More About Policy Analysis of MAP-21 Highway Reauthorization Bill, Part 1
November 7, 2011

Federal Transportation Funding Updates

FY 2012 Appropriations, American Jobs Act, and Senate Reauthorization Bill On November 1, 2011, the U.S. Senate approved an appropriations bill to fund federal highway and transit... Read More About Federal Transportation Funding Updates
October 27, 2011

Visualizing Modern Boulevards in the Central Lake County Corridor, Part II

The first installment of this series introduced the Central Lake County Corridor and illustrated the concept of "modern boulevards" by surveying historic parkways. This second installment... Read More About Visualizing Modern Boulevards in the Central Lake County Corridor, Part II
October 21, 2011

Visualizing Modern Boulevards in the Central Lake County Corridor, Part 1

(Please note that the second installment in this two-part series was posted on October 27, 2011.) GO TO 2040 calls for a small number of major capital projects to provide substantial new... Read More About Visualizing Modern Boulevards in the Central Lake County Corridor, Part 1
September 30, 2011

CMAP 2010 Municipal Plans, Programs, and Operations Survey Findings, Part 1

Tracking performance and making adjustments to reach the region's desired future is critical to the implementation of GO TO 2040 . Through the Regional Indicators Project and its data portal ... Read More About CMAP 2010 Municipal Plans, Programs, and Operations Survey Findings, Part 1
September 16, 2011

Congress Passes Extensions of Federal Aviation, Highway, Transit, and Transportation Safety Programs

This week, Congress passed a combined Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/surface transportation authorization extension bill called the Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act... Read More About Congress Passes Extensions of Federal Aviation, Highway, Transit, and Transportation Safety Programs
September 7, 2011

HUD Announces Development of H+T Affordability Index

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has commissioned a study to develop a national index for Housing and Transportation Affordability (H+T Affordability). HUD's... Read More About HUD Announces Development of H+T Affordability Index
June 9, 2011

CTA Red Line South Extension

NOTE: This is the third in a three-part Policy Updates series on GO TO 2040 Major Capital Projects: Keeping Tabs on the Major Capital Projects in GO TO 2040 Major Capital Project... Read More About CTA Red Line South Extension
May 27, 2011

Status of Federal Transportation Reauthorization

The current federal transportation authorization legislation, SAFETEA-LU , expired at the end of September 2009. Since then, states, MPOs, and other project implementers have been operating... Read More About Status of Federal Transportation Reauthorization
April 29, 2011

Major Capital Project Series--Central Lake County Corridor

NOTE: This is the second in a three-part Policy Updates series on GO TO 2040 Major Capital Projects: Keeping Tabs on the Major Capital Projects in GO TO 2040 Major Capital Project... Read More About Major Capital Project Series--Central Lake County Corridor
March 8, 2011

Redevelopment to Link Transit and Jobs

One of the GO TO 2040 plan's primary goals is for the region to redevelop more than 100,000 acres of currently vacant or under-used land, which is ripe for a mix of residential and commercial... Read More About Redevelopment to Link Transit and Jobs
January 27, 2011

A New Perspective on Federal Transportation Policy

While the federal government has not yet acted in reauthorizing a transportation law, there is no shortage of innovative suggestions for making the next bill truly transformative. In a new ... Read More About A New Perspective on Federal Transportation Policy
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Policy and Planning

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).  BRT is gaining momentum as a flexible, cost-effective solution that improves transit and reduces congestion. CMAP has published Land Use Policies and Strategies for Expressway-Based Bus Rapid Transit, a guide for municipalities, transit providers, and transportation agencies to utilize when planning for BRT networks.

Red Line South Extension.  Among a handful of GO TO 2040 major capital projects, the Red Line South Extension will add 5.5 miles to this CTA facility. The CTA's most heavily used line, the Red Line is now 22 miles long, and access to it by bus is especially difficult south of 95th Street — the station whose ridership is higher than any outside of downtown Chicago. The Red Line South Extension will streamline those connections, significantly reducing the number of bus-to-rail transfers. Through its Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, CMAP collaborates with the Developing Communities Project (DCP) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on a livability report in support of the proposed Red Line South Extension. The report supplements the CTA's pursuit of federal New Starts funding and serves as an educational resource for the Greater Roseland community, as well as local, state, and federal partners.

Transit Resources

GO TO 2040.  The comprehensive plan's Regional Mobility chapter recommends that the region should increase the commitment to transit

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).  During the development of GO TO 2040, CMAP published a strategy paper on TOD.  CMAP also partners with the Regional Transit Authority to assist communities in developing TOD plans through the Local Technical Assistance program.

More About Transit

After decades of underinvestment, our transit infrastructure is aging and in need of improvement. Some people choose not to use transit service due to concerns about delays or infrequent service. Many residents don't even have that choice, because parts of the region lack transit service altogether. Improving public transportation will increase ridership while making transit accessible to more people.

Investing in maintenance will put more of our infrastructure in good condition, reducing delays and increasing reliability. In making improvements, we need to consider how residents perceive transit, because comfort and aesthetics can prompt more people to travel by train or bus instead of driving. So can the use of advanced technology that makes transit more efficient— for example, by providing riders with real-time service status information. To increase coverage of the region, investments should be prioritized to expand bus service in communities that are actively planning for transit-supportive development.

To pay for these improvements, our transit agencies need to address the cost of their services, which have been rising rapidly. New revenue—such as a portion of a potential gas tax increase and congestion pricing revenue—should support transit. The region needs to investigate other innovative revenue sources (such as "value capture) and financing methods (such as public-private partnerships).

Finally, GO TO 2040 recommends taking a limited and conservative approach to major expansion. Rather than pursue expensive transit "mega-projects," our resources must be targeted to improve what we already have. Making the system more efficient and predictable and increasing transit-supportive development will improve access to and utilization of the region's existing transit assets. 

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