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Statement on repeal of MPO consolidation passage

In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions.  The...

Statement on legislation to repeal MPO consolidation ruling

In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions.  The...

Local transportation ballot measures fare well in the general election

On November 9, voters considered numerous state and local referenda related to funding transportation systems. CMAP continually monitors national efforts to provide adequate and reliable funding...

Comparing the DRIVE Act and STRRA

This Policy Update compares the two recently passed federal surface transportation bills and describes how each could impact Illinois.

House marks up transportation reauthorization bill

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will mark up H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform...

Senate transportation bill establishes new freight program

A Policy Update highlights the freight provisions in the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee text for the proposed DRIVE act, a six-year transportation reauthorization bill.

State of Illinois FY15 Budget Modifications Approved

A Policy Update describes legislation intended to close gaps in the state budget for Fiscal Year 2015 by sweeping $1.3 billion from various special funds and applying a 2.25 percent reduction in...

Governor Releases FY16 Budget Proposal

This Policy Update analyzes Governor Rauner's budget FY16 proposal in light of CMAP and GO TO 2040 priorities.

Veto Session Update

New Policy Update describes the Illinois General Assembly's recently adjourned two-week veto session and legislative initiatives that affect CMAP or are of interest to CMAP and its partners.

Federal Freight and Transportation Action Roundup

This year has seen increased Congressional interest in freight and transportation, including two bills, two proposals, and a report on P3s.

Local Government Consolidation Efforts in Northeastern Illinois

Evanston and River Forest Townships have explored ways to consolidate operations with their surrounding municipalities.

Senate Passes Transportation Reauthorization Bill Extension

The version passed by the Senate would provide $8.1 billion in transfers to the Highway Trust Fund to extend the federal transportation program through December 19, 2014

New Recommendations for National Strategic Freight Plan

In June 2014, the National Freight Advisory Committee submitted a report on improving the freight system to U.S. DOT.

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.

Recent Legislative Action on Local Government Consolidation

House Bill 5785 would allow a limited number of special districts to be dissolved into counties, municipalities, or other special districts.

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.

Two New Highway Trust Fund Proposals

New federal transportation proposals attempt to identify sustainable revenue sources as the HTF nears insolvency later this summer and MAP-21 is set to expire September 30, 2014.

General Assembly Passes Transportation Capital Program

The Illinois General Assembly passed HB 3794 and SB 3224, which together will provide for $1.1 billion in new bond proceeds to support transportation investment.

U.S. Senate Releases Text for Highway Reauthorization Bill

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee released the text of the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, its six-year, $265 billion highway bill.

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.