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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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June 26, 2014  

Senate Finance Committee Weighs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension

The Preserving America's Transit and Highways Act (PATH) of 2014 would extend the nation's highway and transit programs through December 31, 2014. Read More About Senate Finance Committee Weighs Short-Term MAP-21 Extension
July 22, 2014  

White House Announces Build America Investment Initiative

The initiative will focus on innovative financing via collaboration between the private sector and state and local governments on public-private partnerships. Read More About White House Announces Build America Investment Initiative
January 24, 2012  

Public-Private Partnerships, Part 3: Transit

This is the third in a series of Policy Updates on the topic of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and transportation. The first Policy Update introduced the topic of using PPPs for... Read More About Public-Private Partnerships, Part 3: Transit
January 27, 2012  

Proposed Regional Infrastructure Improvement Zones Act

On January 18, 2012, the Regional Infrastructure Improvement Zones (RIIZs) Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would allow private businesses or individuals to... Read More About Proposed Regional Infrastructure Improvement Zones Act
April 9, 2012  

State Legislative Initiatives Address Vacant and Foreclosed Residential Properties

The number of foreclosed properties has been rising in the region since the recession began, and more homes are getting stuck in the foreclosure process . In many communities, this is... Read More About State Legislative Initiatives Address Vacant and Foreclosed Residential Properties
March 18, 2013  

Multimodal Opportunities Via Enhanced Freight Act of 2013

The Multimodal Opportunities Via Enhanced Freight Act of 2013 (MOVE Freight Act) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 5, 2013. This bill would amend the freight... Read More About Multimodal Opportunities Via Enhanced Freight Act of 2013
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
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
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
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
May 1, 2014  

Obama Administration Releases Transportation Bill

On April 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) released legislative language for the GROW AMERICA Act. Read More About Obama Administration Releases Transportation Bill
June 26, 2014  

Evaluating Housing and Transportation Costs in the CMAP Region

Very few parts of the region are affordable in terms of housing and transportation costs for low-income households. Read More About Evaluating Housing and Transportation Costs in the CMAP Region
November 7, 2014  

Voters consider state and local land use transportation funding measures

Several states considered ballot measures on land use and transportation funding on Election Day. Read More About Voters consider state and local land use transportation funding measures
December 30, 2014  

Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15

A CMAP Policy Update looks at regional and national implications of the omnibus appropriations bill for federal fiscal year 2015. Read More About Congress Passes Omnibus Appropriations Bill for FY15
January 28, 2015  

Reasonably Expected Revenues for the Regional Transportation System

While transportation is still a significant strength of northeastern Illinois, the region must enhance its existing funding streams and implement new revenue sources to support investments in the... Read More About Reasonably Expected Revenues for the Regional Transportation System
February 12, 2015  

Obama Administration Releases Transportation Reauthorization Proposal

The White House proposed a $478 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization program as part of its FY16 budget request. Read More About Obama Administration Releases Transportation Reauthorization Proposal
July 27, 2015  

Proposed CMAQ/TAP projects available for public review

CMAP has released the proposed projects for its Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Read More About Proposed CMAQ/TAP projects available for public review
June 16, 2015  

Interactive tool highlights accessibility by travel mode

The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago has developed the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer . The new map-based, interactive visualization tool... Read More About Interactive tool highlights accessibility by travel mode
June 9, 2015  

First half of Cal-Sag Trail opens

The western portion of the Cal-Sag Trail , from Cicero Avenue in Alsip to Illinois Route 83 in Lemont, is now open for residents to use for recreational activities such as biking, walking,... Read More About First half of Cal-Sag Trail opens
November 20, 2013  

Updated toolbox of countermeasures for pedestrian crashes

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) at the University of North Carolina's Highway Safety Research Center  have updated the... Read More About Updated toolbox of countermeasures for pedestrian crashes
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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.

Visualizations Explore the Metropolitan Chicago Transportation Network. Interactive mobility visualizations allow users to explore data on metropolitan Chicago's transportation system, including road, transit, and freight networks, which drive our regional economy.

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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