Legislative Successes -- Freight and Public-Private Partnerships
Two significant bills that CMAP supported were passed by both houses of the General Assembly this week. First, with nearly 27 percent of Illinois jobs tied to freight transportation, the Freight Mobility Plan Act (House Bill 1761, sponsored by Rep. Elaine Nekritz, and Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi) will support freight system planning by assessing the state's current system. After that assessment, a plan will be created to improve the flow of road, rail, water and air freight. See a related press release by Metropolis Strategies. Second, the Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Act (House Bill 1091, sponsored by Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Sen. Heather Steans) will give Illinois the authority to enter into public-private agreements for transportation investments. Authorizing public-private partnerships will allow Illinois to seek new sources of investment capital and more efficiently deliver infrastructure improvements, enhancing our transportation system to better serve the needs of residents and businesses. Read more in a fact sheet from the Metropolitan Planning Council. Both bills await Governor Pat Quinn's action.
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.