Transportation inequities persist in northeastern Illinois, disproportionately impacting communities of color and people with disabilities. These inequities are vast, from access to jobs to the high costs of driving and other mobility options.
Recent policy changes in Illinois take important steps toward creating a transportation system that works better for everyone. This week, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed comprehensive criminal justice reforms into law (PA 101–0652). Among the provisions, the law rescinds holds on license renewal or reinstatement due to failure to pay traffic violation fines. The law also revokes suspensions for people who fail to pay fines from automated speed and red light cameras.
The Illinois Tollway also announced this week it will expand its I-Pass Assist program to households with lower incomes after deciding to permanently eliminate cash toll collections. The move comes after the Tollway decided last summer to substantially reduce fees associated with missed tolls.
As northeastern Illinois’ planning agency, CMAP is committed to ensuring equity in infrastructure funding and land use decisions, and using resources that provide better outcomes for residents.
To work toward achieving a more equitable transportation system, CMAP is conducting the region’s first comprehensive analysis on how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents and households with low incomes. This report, to be released this spring, will provide a springboard to convene and engage residents in northeastern Illinois to address transportation inequities.