Cook County districts may receive funding for transportation projects
By Sam Krevlin | October 23, 2016

Evanston may receive funds from county coffers to tackle transportation infrastructure projects next year. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced last week that she is including half a million dollars to be allocated Read Full Article (PDF)

Chicago tops NYC as most bike-friendly city in U.S., magazine finds
By Mary Wisniewski | September 19, 2016

When it comes to cycling, the second city is now the first, according to a leading bike publication. Bicycling magazine is set to announce Monday that Chicago is now the best bike city in the United States Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County plan links transportation and racial equity
By La Risa Lynch | September 8, 2016

After years of using revenue from a road tax to pay for criminal justice costs, including the jail, Cook County will put the money back into transportation in next year’s budget. Read Full Article (PDF)

Let's get moving on Cook County transportation plan
by Jacky Grimshaw | August 23, 2016

Frustrated motorists and transit commuters are among the many who should take a look at the transportation plan unveiled in July by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. The Connecting Cook County 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan offers a five-point framework to build on what we have and serve growing demand in the future. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County eyes transportation projects that spur development, jobs
by Ted Slowik | August 17, 2016

Riding around the south suburbs in an SUV with John Yonan is a real glass-half-full experience. Yonan, the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways superintendent, sees opportunity and potential where others might see urban blight. Read Full Article (PDF)

Infrastructure council applauds Cook County's 25-year transportation plan
by Taryn Phaneuf | August 6, 2016

With the introduction of a long-range transportation plan, Cook County officials have outlined priorities for the county that will impact local decisions, as well as plans across the region. Read Full Article (PDF)

76 yrs later, county reboots transportation plan
by Alan Mammoser | July 24, 2016

1940. Think about how much our world has changed since then. Global population, alone, has more than tripled. So, naturally, the modes of transportation needed to move all these new humans also have changed. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County launches long-term transportation-infrastructure plan
West Cook Reports | July 14, 2016

Ridership, freight service, parity, infrastructure upgrades and funding have emerged as Cook County’s top five priorities in maintaining and improving standards for its long-term transportation-system agenda revealed with the publication of the Connecting Cook County guidebook, unveiled this week at a Cook County Board meeting. Read Full Article (PDF)

The County Just Unveiled Its First Long-Term Transportation Plan In 76 Years
by Gwendolyn Purdom | July 13, 2016

Cook County's highways, CTA lines, railroads and sidewalks support somewhere around 20 million trips a day, and yet there hasn't been a comprehensive long-term transportation plan for the county in more than seven decades. Read Full Article (PDF)

Time To Focus On Bikes, Not Cars, Cook County Transit Plan Says
by Ted Cox | July 13, 2016

Cook County released a 25-year transportation plan Wednesday, and Chicago bike advocates immediately endorsed it for its commitment to cycling and walking. Read Full Article (PDF)

Preckwinkle unveils transportation vision for next 25 years
by Rosalind Rossi | July 13, 2016

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday will unveil the county’s first long-term transportation plan in more than 75 years, one that expands the county’s focus from roads and bridges to all forms of mobility — from walking and biking to transit and freight movement. Read Full Article (PDF)

Seeking a bigger voice on transit, freight issues, Cook offers transportation plan
by Mary Wisniewski | July 13, 2016

On Wednesday, Cook County will issue its first new long-range transportation plan in 76 years, a wide-reaching, highly detailed, 80-page document spelling out the county's priorities for promoting transit and other transportation alternatives, supporting freight rail, improving job access and increasing capital investment. Read Full Article (PDF)

Roads That Work for Self-Driving Cars
by Jerry Kaplan | July 8, 2016

In May, a Tesla “autopilot” enthusiast in Florida became the first known fatality in a self-driving car. But this was no ordinary accident. The car performed exactly as designed, and the (non)driver’s failure to take any corrective action could reasonably have been foreseen by the manufacturer. Read Full Article (PDF)

Transit gets well deserved boost from General Assembly
by Peter Skosey | July 6, 2016

Transit in Chicago just got a whole lot better, thanks to the General Assembly in Springfield

On June 30, 2016, the House and Senate approved the Transit Facility Improvement Area (TFIA), an innovative approach to finance specific transit projects in the City of Chicago. MPC has long supported this solution many other cities across the country use, including Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York and Milwaukee......
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Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record
by Joan Lowy | July 1, 2016

Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before

Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist traffic deaths: Bicycle fatalities were up 13 percent; pedestrian deaths rose 10 percent, and motorcyclist deaths rose by 9 percent...
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Rosemont Transit Center Upgrades Could Begin In July
by Diane Turner-Hurns | June 20, 2016

The project is expected to cost $1.5 million and be completed by October.

Buses of all sizes, cabs, limos and passenger vehicles pickup and drop off passengers at the Rosemont CTA Blue Line Station off of River Road. Once a construction manager is selected in July, work on curbs, basins, pedestrian walkways, bus bays, passenger pickup and drop-off areas and new signage at the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station off River Road should begin, Cook County officials said last week.....
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Editorial: Taking Chicago passengers for a ride
by Editorial Staff | June 20, 2016

Chicagoans have come to appreciate using their smartphones to hail a ride as an alternative to taxis.

Sometimes seeking a commonsense response from government can be as satisfying as waiting for a taxi in the rain. So we're hopeful that negotiations involving Uber, taxi drivers and Chicago's City Hall end up in the correct spot: in favor of competition, not stifling regulation....
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Oh, Canada! Toronto beats Chicago on transit with more riders, funding
by Mary Wisniewski | June 19, 2016

One major contrast is in the sister cities' transit systems.

Toronto is a Great Lakes city like Chicago in many ways: It has about the same population, hot summers, freezing winters and a colorful patchwork of ethnic neighborhoods....
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From ‘garish’ to inviting: Riders review new CTA 95th St. station
by Rosalind Rossi & Jacob Wittich | June 17, 2016

Renovations to the 95th Street terminal are planned to be completed by the start of 2017.

Final renderings of the Chicago Transit Authority’s $280 million reconstruction of the 95th Street Red Line station drew mixed reviews Friday, with riders rating it everything from “garish” to appealingly modern....
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Communities Across America Seek $9.3 Billion in Transportation Funding
Press Release | June 6, 2016

DOT Receives 585 Applications for 2016 TIGER Grant Program

Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program has received 585 applications from across the country totaling $9.3 billion in requested funding...
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FASTLANE Grant Applications Totaling Nearly $9.8 Billion
Press Release | May 20, 2016

212 Applications Received for Infrastructure Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has received 212 applications totaling nearly $9.8 billion for grants...
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Metropolitan Chicago begins development of new ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan
Press Release | February 23, 2016

Look to strengthen existing communities by developing a new comprehensive regional plan called ON TO 2050

To embark on this collaborative planning process, more than 500 participants are gathering at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and delving into a wide range of issues that will shape the region's future for decades to come...
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FAST Act transportation bill may bring more transit funds to Chicago
By Richard Wronski | December 2, 2015

Transportation legislation targets concerns over crude oil trains.

A new federal transportation bill contains some good news for Chicago's transit users and also includes provisions that advocates say will reduce the dangers posed by the dozens of crude-oil trains that pass through the area each week.
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Chicago area, Union Station big winners in U.S. transportation deal
By Greg Hinz | December 2, 2015

Metropolitan Chicago appears to be a big winner in transportation funding bill.

Congressional and local government sources say the area will benefit from increased, long-term funding for both transit and road projects, reauthorization of Amtrak, and a new pot of funds that help Chicago's Create freight-rail decongestion program. And then there's the Union Station work.
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Chicago, you've got a lot at stake in this legislation
By Joseph C. Szabo | November 23, 2015

Congress is about to reconcile two transportation bills.

Congress is about to reconcile two transportation bills approved separately by the Senate and the House of Representatives. The stakes could scarcely be higher for this region's transportation system and, therefore, our economy and quality of life.
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The Next Global Logistics Hubs
By Erica E. Phillips| November 19, 2015

Philadelphia, Miami and Seattle are poised to join the ranks of global logistics hubs, according to a report from real-estate brokerage CBRE Inc.

The U.S. cities were among 20 global metropolises identified by the firm as primed to become “major players in the network for global trade” over the next decade.
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Human Cost Rises as Old Bridges, Dams and Roads Go Unrepaired
By Ron Nixon | November 5, 2015

A routine trip to run errands almost cost Katherine Dean her life.

In February, just as Ms. Dean, of suburban Maryland, drove underneath a bridge on the Capital Beltway, a large chunk of concrete fell from the structure, crushing the hood of her car and smashing the windshield.
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CTA has its work cut out for years to come
By Jon Hilkevitch, Jemal R. Brinson, Ryan Marx | October 26, 2015

The new CTA Cermak-McCormick station that opened this year on the Green Line is merely a warmup.

The Chicago Transit Authority has amassed a lengthy, complex and expensive list of projects that amount to IOUs to the transit-riding public, going well beyond the agency’s longtime promise to provide "on time, clean, safe and friendly service."
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Last link in Des Plaines River Trail connects Cook Co. to Wisconsin
By Ronnie Wachter | October 23, 2015

The Lake County Forest Preserve District opened a short stretch of trail in Lincolnshire.

The 0.3-mile segment of asphalt was the last piece of the 45-mile Des Plaines River Trail, a joint project of the forest preserve districts of Lake County and Cook County that was 54 years in the making.
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The Suburb That Tried To Kill the Car
By T.R. Goldman | October 22, 2015

Like any bureaucratic invention, zoning regulations often take on a life of their own.

It’s these rigidities that have often made TOD’s high-rise, mixed-use, parking-light prerequisites a nonstarter in communities that might otherwise benefit from TOD’s added downtown vitality and tax revenue.
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If driving has peaked in major cities, what's next?
By Jon Hilkevich Getting Around | October 5, 2015

Is the car being dethroned in favor of transportation choices that help people move around more easily?

Almost 2.7 million people drive alone to work on an average weekday in the six-county Chicago region, accounting for more than two-thirds of all commuting trips, but many experts are convinced that a corner has been turned and the dominance of the car is ending in metropolitan areas around the world.
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Open the airports to Uber
Editorial | October 4, 2015

Uber says more than 2 million rides in and around Chicago are arranged every month through its app.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is ready to take down the roadblocks that keep Uber, Lyft and other ride-share companies from picking up passengers at Chicago's airports.
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Dolly, the Uber for moving stuff, loads up with $8M in new funding
By Meg Graham | October 1, 2015

Dolly, the peer-to-peer app connecting owners of heavy stuff to movers, has raised $8 million to strengthen its grip on the Chicago market and fuel expansion to other cities.

The Seattle-based company made Chicago its first market last year. The Series A funding, whichfollows a $1.7 million seed round in Oct. 2014, was led by venture capital firm Maveron and included investments from Chicago-based KGC Capital’s Dick Kiphart and Chris Capps and Amazon Senior Vice President of Consumer Business Jeff Wilke.
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Study takes aim at rail gridlock in Chicago
By John Hilkevich | October 1, 2015

Amtrak report offers map to solve some of Chicago's rail backups.

Amtrak report offers map to solve some of Chicago's rail backups. More money alone will not solve the rail gridlock that is choking the flow of freight and passenger trains through northern Illinois and Indiana, a report released on Thursday concluded.
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Illinois planning for 'yesterday's transportation system,' IDOT chief warns
By Jon Hilkevitch | September 3, 2015

Illinois' transportation system is focused on the past, IDOT chief says.

The state's transportation chief on Wednesday delivered a tough assessment of his agency's ability to solve problems ranging from traffic congestion to the sluggish movement of freight across Illinois.
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Most congested roads in U.S.? You're probably on one
By Jon Hilkevitch | August 25, 2015

Chicago is home to five of the top 20 worst roads for traffic congestion in the U.S., a new study says.

Drivers in the northeastern Illinois-northwest Indiana region suffered the misery of 61 extra hours behind the wheel on average in 2014 — equivalent to a week and a half of work.
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Build a transit network for the future
By Editorial Board | August 23, 2015

Chicago’s plan for a 16-mile bus rapid transit line on Ashland Avenue looks to be dead.

Chicago’s plan for a 16-mile bus rapid transit line on Ashland Avenue looks to be dead for now, for good reason, but the ambitious vision for the city’s transportation future that spawned that idea must be pursued.
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The 606 trail debuts to sunshine, happy crowds
Greg Trotter | June 6, 2015

Under sunny skies, the 606 opens. "I think it's wonderful, man."

The people traversed the elevated trail on foot and by bicycle, on skateboards and scooters, and some even on giant tricycles with hand-rigged sails.
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Courtesy goes a long way, new CTA campaign advises riders
Jon Hilkevitch | May 27, 2015

'Your maid doesn't work here,' CTA declares in campaign against mass transit vices Sloppy eaters on CTA trains and buses, loudmouths, litterbugs, seat hogs, door blockers and assorted other misfits have for at least several years been lambasted by other riders venting their outrage on social media, but now the transit agency is joining the conversation in hopes of encouraging more civilized behavior.

CTA officials on Wednesday will launch a long-promised "courtesy campaign'' aimed at making transit trips more comfortable and safer.
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Automated Bike Rental is Coming to the Forest Preserves This Summer
John Greenfield | May 20, 2015

The Forest Preserves of Cook County recently announced that they will be offering bike rental at six locations this summer.

The forest preserve district’s board approved a contract with Bike and Roll, Chicago’s largest bike rental company, which will be setting up automated rental stations, plus a staffed facility at the Dan Ryan woods.
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Obama administration to fast-track "talking" car mandate
Kirsten Korosec | May 14, 2015

Before self-driving cars can safely ply U.S. roads and highways, they’ll need to be able to talk to one another to anticipate a sudden stop or turn, and ultimately, avoid accidents.

While some automakers are planning to incorporate vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology in future cars—the 2017 Cadillac CTS will have it—there are currently no rules mandating such a feature. That could change sooner than expected.
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The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels
Kimberly Pierceall | May 7, 2015

Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig's driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the steering wheel, no feet on the pedals.

Mark Alvick was in "highway pilot" mode, the wheel moving this way and that as if a ghost were at the helm.
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Here's one bit of infrastructure we can't afford to neglect anymore
Joseph C. Szabo | May 6, 2015

Metropolitan Chicago's transportation system does more to drive prosperity and quality of life than any of the region's many other economic assets.

This was originally attributable to our strategic location between the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
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Moore Touts Major Chicago Road Construction Summer Projects
KaiElz | May 5, 2015

In the spring and summer of 2015, Cook County will invest $38 million on major road construction projects.

These critical projects highlight Cook County’s efforts to address vital transportation infrastructure repairs that will improve safety and stimulate large scale economic development.
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RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard calls for tax increase to fund mass transit
Natasha Korecki | May 4, 2015

Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Kirk Dillard on Monday made the case for a new tax to help pay for mass transit infrastructure, arguing the agency has a more than $30 billion backlog in projects.

Dillard made the comments before the City Club of Chicago as the agency that oversees the CTA, Metra and PACE braces for its share of proposed cuts by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
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Community-building program donates car to help drive women from poverty to self-sufficiency
Robert Duffer | May 4, 2015

The new car feeling is like few others, full of hope, pride, a bit of anxiety and a lot of responsibility. For Caress Pouncy, it means a whole lot more.

"This is truly a blessing," Pouncy said before being handed the keys to a fully refurbished 2010 Nissan Altima during a reception on Friday, April 24, at Automechanika Chicago, an automotive aftermarket trade show. "I feel like the kid in 'Miracle on 34th Street.'"
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Intermodalism -- Metropolitan Chicago's Built-In Economic Advantage
May 1, 2015

Metropolitan Chicago's ability to move goods quickly and efficiently has never been more important than in today's globalized economy.

Intermediate and finished goods now must move great distances.
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Higher gas tax needed to improve U.S. roads
Barry Ritholtz | April 30, 2015

Get in your car and go for a drive just about anywhere in the U.S. You will be confronted with a transportation system desperately in need of a reboot. I'm not referring to a full upgrade to smart roads — the sensor-driven intelligent system that promises to move vehicles more cheaply and efficiently. Rather, I refer to essential repairs: filling potholes, basic maintenance. Read Full Article (PDF)

Plans in the works to expand the Southland cycling scene
Vickie Jurkowski | April 29, 2015

Biking can be a solo path to serenity or a means to a social circle.

You can pace yourself alongside pedestrians, Rollerbladers, equestrians and birdwatchers on trails paved with asphalt or limestone or crush it by mountain bike on steep rocky climbs and tight corners and then, when the forest preserves close at dusk, gather for an organized cookout with like-minded adventurers.
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Chicago gets new Method soap factory, glimpse of future with fewer workers
Melissa Harris | April 28, 2015

Method's state-of-the-art soap factory on the Far South Side celebrated its opening Tuesday and offers glimpses into the future of Chicago's economy.

As corporations increasingly calculate that wind power, recycling and natural ingredients are good for the bottom line, Chicago's unparalleled railroad network and access to fresh water will become critical advantages in the fight for new jobs.
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Bike Path Will Link Edgewater to Joliet, and Nearly All of It Is Off-Road
Justin Breen | April 15, 2015

By next year, you'll be able to bike from Edgewater to Joliet — and nearly all of it off-road.

The Lakefront Trail now stretches about 18 miles from Hollywood Avenue and Lake Shore Drive on the north lakefront through Downtown and down to the South Shore Cultural Center.
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County pavement repair program to include work on Kedzie Avenue in Homewood
By Provided News | April 13, 2015

Cook County's 2015 pavement preservation and rehabilitation projects will include work on Kedzie Avenue from 175th to 183rd streets in Hazel Crest and Homewood, according to an April 8 news release from the county. Read Full Article (PDF)

$7 million more to go toward Union Station fixes
John Byrne | April 10, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin and other officials announced Friday that $7 million has been earmarked to help plan fixes at aging Union Station.

Emanuel returned to his argument that the West Loop train station can be a key point as Chicago tries to attract businesses by expanding its public transit.
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Joe Orr extension in works
Mike Nolan | April 9, 2015

An extension of Joe Orr Road east of Torrence Avenue to Burnham Avenue in Lynwood is among the road projects planned by the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways.

It's the second phase of a project to rebuild, realign and extend Joe Orr through Chicago Heights and Lynwood.
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Where you can expect construction traffic in Cook County
Marni Pyke | April 9, 2015

Cook County commuters eager for road construction will have their wishes fulfilled this spring and summer. Details of the county's $38 million infrastructure program for 2015 released Wednesday show drivers can expect orange cones from the South to the North suburbs. Read Full Article (PDF)

Roadwork season begins in Southland
Mike Nolan | March 6, 2015

With road construction season approaching, drivers who either have been avoiding or enduring the widening of LaGrange Road through Orland Park and Tinley Park know they have to tough it out a bit longer.

But fear not, as the nearly $100 million project is closer to the end than the beginning, at least depending on what stretch of the major north-south route you're on.
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Divvy's expansion begins, but doesn't hit all corners of Chicago map, activists say
Red Eye | By Leonor Vivanco

In April, the city announced Divvy riders had collectively logged 1 million trips less than three months before Divvy's first birthday.

More Divvy stations are on the way but the bike-sharing program falls short of covering the entire city.
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Chicagoans find it tougher to get jobs close to home, report says
Becky Yerak | March 24, 2015

Finding a job close to home isn't as easy as it used to be.

The number of jobs within typical commuting range in the Chicago area declined 14 percent from 2000 to 2012, a decline far worse than the national average.
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Blue Line renovations on 5 Northwest Side stations to start this fall
Jon Hilkevitch | March 11, 2015

Renovations will begin in the fall and take about a year to complete on the next five stations receiving upgrades on the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line, under a $25.6 million contract that the CTA board approved Wednesday.

The five Northwest Side stations are at Addison, Irving Park, Montrose, Harlem and Cumberland.
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Interest groups pushing gas tax overhaul to fix Illinois roads
Monique Garcia | March 4, 2015

Road builders, unions seek gas tax overhaul to jump start road construction in Illinois. Transportation advocates worried over Illinois' aging roads, seek rise in gas tax to keep up with inflation.

With money from a major multiyear state construction program drying up and federal funds in limbo, transportation advocates are scrambling to overhaul how the state taxes gasoline in the hopes of finding a steady stream of money to help revitalize Illinois' rapidly aging system of roads and bridges.
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CTA to double speed of some downtown buses that crawl at 3 mph
March 2, 2015 | Jon Hilkevitch

'Loop Link' is the city's solution to traffic that slows buses downtown.

A long-awaited project designed to more than double the 3-mph average speed of CTA buses traveling across the middle of downtown will be called Loop Link, and construction of bus-only lanes and rapid transit-style boarding stations is set to begin in two weeks, city officials were set to announce Monday.

The roughly 2-mile bus rapid transit area will serve Washington, Madison, Clinton and Canal streets and will debut late this year, when the bulk of the $31.8 million construction project is completed, Chicago Department of Transportation officials said.
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Long-awaited Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station opens
February 9, 2015 | Jon Hilkevitch

A roughly 2 1/2-mile gap in CTA rail service that lasted 38 years on the Near South Side was eliminated Sunday, when Green Line trains started making stops at a station on Cermak Road near State Street.

The new $50 million Cermak-McCormick Place station is within walking distance of the Motor Row entertainment district and McCormick Place. City officials and developers said they are optimistic that the new access to rapid transit will help accelerate the expansion of businesses and housing in the South Loop area. Read Full Article (PDF)

Obama proposes $478B transportation bill
February 2, 2015 | Keith Laing

President Obama is proposing legislation that would spend $478 billion over the next six years to boost the nation's infrastructure. Lawmakers have been discussing ways to pay for widespread improvements, including the possibility of increasing the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax, to help fund new construction projects.

The White House said Monday that Obama's transportation proposal could be paid by requiring companies who have investments overseas to return the money to the U.S. Read Full Article (PDF)

Online maps will outline Chicago-area's transportation woes, need for money
January 26, 2015 | Jon Hilkevitch

A website launching Monday will turn wonkish government data into interactive maps on the quality of bridges, roads and rail transportation across Cook and six other counties with the intention of rousing the public to push for costly upgrades and expansions.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning created the site because it contends that northeastern Illinois' deteriorating transportation network costs the area billions of dollars a year and that renewing and expanding it will require an unprecedented financial commitment. Read Full Article (PDF)

RTA report: Metra, Pace, CTA falling behind in funding for equipment
January 22, 2015 | Richard Wronski

A website launching Monday will turn wonkish government data into interactive maps on the quality of bridges, roads and rail transportation across Cook and six other counties with the intention of rousing the public to push for costly upgrades and expansions.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning created the site because it contends that northeastern Illinois' deteriorating transportation network costs the area billions of dollars a year and that renewing and expanding it will require an unprecedented financial commitment. Read Full Article (PDF)

Pace unveils plan for ambitious $2.3 billion Rapid Transit Network
January 21, 2015 | Richard Wronski

A wide-ranging network of suburban bus routes could transform the way people commute and shop, connecting people to job centers in Naperville, Elgin and Elk Grove Village, according to an ambitious $2.3 billion plan shared by Pace on Tuesday.

Express buses with high-tech amenities would take riders from the south suburbs to O'Hare International Airport. Or from McHenry south to Oswego via Randall Road. Or from Evanston to O'Hare along Dempster Street. Read Full Article (PDF)

Central Avenue intersection reopens: Cook County widens street near St. Gerald School in Oak Lawn

January 2, 2015 | Joe Boyle

The intersection of Central Avenue and Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn has been returned to full use as improvements underwritten by Cook County largely wrapped up last week. The heavily traveled intersection, which had seen more than 100 crashes over the past decade, now has a five-lane configuration and includes new left turn lanes on Central. Temporary traffic signals remain for the time being but will be replaced as electrical work on permanent fixtures is completed, weather permitting. Read Full Article (PDF)

CentralPyke: How to make the most of suburban transit

January 1, 2015 | Marni Pyke

Although the car is supposedly king in the suburbs, national trends indicate people are driving less. The spectrum ranges from millennials who prefer transit to aging baby boomers who are giving up their cars.
Fortunately, there are a lot more options out there for car-free travelers in the suburbs. Read Full Article (PDF)

Map of census data shows Chicagoans' transit habits

December 16, 2014 | Rachel Cromidas

Chicagoans are more likely to walk to work when they live downtown and in Hyde Park; take the CTA when they're coming from Lakeview or Bucktown; and drive when they're coming from virtually everywhere else. That's according to a map of 2013 census data on the most dominant mode of transportation used in each of the city's census tracts, produced by Shaun Jacobsen, a graduate student at the University of British Columbia. Read Full Article (PDF)

Wicker Park Station Rehab Experience Shows Power of Transit to Boost Sales

December 15, 2014 | John Greenfield

The old saying goes, “You don’t miss your water ‘til your well runs dry.” That’s been the case with Wicker Park merchants during the two month closure of the O’Hare Branch’s Damen station for renovations. They’ve learned the hard way how important proximity to transit is to their bottom line. DNAinfo reports that several independent businesses near the Blue Line stop are so relieved that the station will reopen next Monday, December 22, they’re offering customers freebies and specials to celebrate. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County concludes public sessions on its long-term transit plan
December 10, 2014 | Susan Denmar Lafferty

Cook County on Tuesday night held the last of its four open houses on its 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, and many of those attending delivered the same message — the regional mass transit system needs to be much better coordinated and its costs kept down.
As the county creates a plan to link transportation to economic development and address infrastructure needs for the next 25 years, it’s seeking public input now and again next fall before the plan is finalized. Read Full Article (PDF)

Millennials: The multimodal generation
December 1, 2014 | Janet Moore

Economics push young adults to expand their transportation menu beyond the automobile
Consider Jake Gau a multimodal millennial. On chillier mornings, the 25-year-old rehabilitation aide hops on the No. 30 bus in northeast Minneapolis bound for his job at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley. On warmer days, he pedals his mountain bike westward to work. Noticeably missing from his array of transportation options — a car. And that’s just fine with him. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County holds transportation policy open houses
December 1, 2014 | Jon Hilkevitch

Feedback wanted on Cook County long-range transportation plan.
It's back to work and school after a holiday weekend, and there is plenty going on in the world of transportation.
Cook County will host open houses starting Tuesday to gather public input on setting priorities to develop a long-range transportation plan for the county that emphasizes the role of expanding economic growth. The goal is to produce a Connecting Cook County plan that links transportation to jobs and economic development, supports more livable communities and addresses infrastructure needs for the next 25 years, officials said. Read Full Article (PDF)

Advocates: Transit riders deserve a tax break to match drivers who park
November 16, 2014 | Jon Hilkevitch

In a transportation world not firing on all cylinders, people who crowd the roads every day by driving to work are offered nearly twice the federal tax relief for parking costs that is available to commuters who help reduce congestion and pollution by climbing aboard trains and buses. That world, facilitated by the tax code and the actions (or inaction) of lawmakers who voters send to Washington, doesn't look poised to change anytime soon. Read Full Article (PDF)

Tech trends that are shaping real estate market
November 7, 2014 | Mary Umberger

These tech trends will drive the way the real estate industry does business. We wish we had a dollar for every website, app or other electronic wonder that promised to "revolutionize the way real estate is sold." We're still waiting for the revolution to come, but meanwhile, there's no shortage of clever tech developments out there. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County Announces November Chicago, Suburban Locations for Long Range Transportation Plan Kiosks
November 3, 2014

Kiosks used to generate and record public feedback for development Cook County’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) are in new locations for the month of November.

The kiosks utilize a survey program called MetroQuest which is designed to gather input on various questions related to transportation. Development of the LRTP is now in its second phase, during which people are being asked to define which transportation choices are most important to them and rate potential plan scenarios, ranging from maintaining the status quo to aggressively improving and investing in the overall transportation system.
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No CTA fare hike, 'slight' service increase in 2015

October 27, 2014 | Jon Hilkevich

The CTA will freeze fares for the second straight year in 2015 and offer a slight increase in Blue and Orange line service aimed at easing crowding, under a proposed $1.44 billion budget that will be unveiled Monday.

The spending plan, which will take effect as Mayor Rahm Emanuel runs for re-election, relies on ridership gains rather than fare hikes to help pay for a roughly 4.5 percent increase in CTA expenditures compared with 2014. Read Full Article (PDF)

Chicago wants to roll out universal app for hailing taxis

October 26, 2014 | Jon Hilkevich

The rapidly expanding rides-for-hire industry in Chicago is undergoing more change Monday. Customers will no longer be able to arrange a regular taxi or a black-car pickup using Hailo, one of a number of transportation smartphone apps that have debuted in the last few years to a strong reception from consumers who appreciate shorter wait times and the ability to prearrange payment using a credit card. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County’s Transportation Plan Thinking Big, But Where’s The Money?

October 20, 2014 | Steve Vance

Earlier this year, Cook County embarked on its first transportation plan since 1940, asking residents to weigh in on how and where to improve transportation across the second most populous county in America. That feedback has helped the transportation department to draft a new vision statement – that world-class transportation will spur economic growth and enhance quality of life – plus four scenarios for the future, which the public can vote on in an online survey. Read Full Article (PDF)

Community development improvement in Oak Lawn

October 16, 2014

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The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

October 14, 2014 | Emily Badger

There's a lot of evidence that millennials don't drive as much — or care as much for cars in general — as previous generations their own age did. They're less likely to get driver's licenses. They tend to take fewer car trips, and when they do, those trips are shorter. They're also more likely than older generations to get around by alternative means: by foot, by bike, or by transit. Read Full Article (PDF)

Work begins on Central Avenue intersection

October 10, 2014 | Joe Boyle

The long-awaited intersection improvements at Central Avenue and Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn has now begun. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Oct. 2 in the parking lot of St. Gerald Elementary School, 9320 S. 55th Court, which is adjacent to the intersection. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joined Cook County Commissioner John Daley at the ceremony. “This corner was a tragedy waiting to happen,” said Preckwinkle.
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Rail ridership grew in second quarter, APTA says

September 30, 2014

U.S. public transportation ridership in second-quarter 2014 increased 1.1 percent to 2.7 billion trips compared with the same period last year, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced yesterday.

Ridership rose for all three rail modes: Heavy-rail was up 3.2 percent; light-rail, 2.8 percent; and commuter-rail, 3.1 percent, APTA officials said in a press release. Read Full Article (PDF)

Revamp of Loop traffic, bus-only route and bike lanes moving forward

September 29, 2014 | Jon Hilkevich

The Emanuel administration will announce Monday that it is seeking bids to construct three long-planned transit projects aimed at providing faster and more reliable service for hundreds of thousands of daily commuters and city visitors who rideCTA buses and Loop elevated trains in the increasingly gridlocked central business district.

Work will begin early next year on a Central Loop bus rapid transit system, a Union Station Transit Center and a Washington/Wabash CTA Loop elevated station, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation. Read Full Article (PDF)

Bad U.S. roads force "just in time" manufacturers to plan for 'just in case'

September 25, 2014 | By James B. Kelleher

(Reuters) - Some of America's leanest manufacturers share a fat secret.
Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for "just in time" delivery.

Some opt to keep more trucks and inventory on the road. Others are leasing huge "just in case" warehouses and guarded parking lots on the edges of big cities. All that activity raises costs, which are expected to increase even more if roads are allowed to deteriorate further and an improving economy boosts traffic.. Read Full Article (PDF)

New parking policies driving transit-oriented development

September 20, 2014 | By Mary Ellen Podmolik

If you live in a walkable neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation, goods and services, how much do you need, or want, a car and a place to park it? It's a question developers and residents are starting to ponder in some Chicago neighborhoods. Almost a year after the city passed an ordinance aimed at fostering transit-oriented development, projects are underway in a few communities and being talked about in many more. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County Begins Next Phase of Gathering Public Input For Long Range Transportation Plan
September 4, 2014

Cook County kicked off the second phase of public engagement in development of its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) this week with the placement of six survey kiosks at locations around the County.

The kiosks utilize a survey program called MetroQuest which is designed to gather input on various questions related to transportation. In this phase of the survey, people are being asked to define which transportation choices are most important to them and rate potential plan scenarios, ranging from maintaining the status quo to aggressively improving and investing in the overall transportation system. Read Full Press Release (PDF)

Union Station plan could bring relief for Metra, Amtrak passengers

September 11, 2014 | By Richard Wronski

For many of the 120,000 rail passengers who pass through each day, Union Station is either a mystifying maze of ramps and escalators, or a perplexing funnel that forces them to navigate perilously narrow platforms. Commuting challenges include dodging water from leaky roofs and trying not to breathe diesel fumes too deeply. Read Full Article (PDF)

County to help fund major road repair projects in Harvey, Flossmoor
September 11, 2014 | Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent

CHICAGO | Center Avenue in Harvey and a Flossmoor Road viaduct that provides access to a Metra station will be improved under two measures approved Wednesday by the Cook County Board. In Harvey, officials want to rebuild Center Avenue from 159th Street south to 171st Street. That road provides access to several industrial parks, and heavy trucks have left it worn out. Read Full Article (PDF)

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County seeks input on transportation plan
August 31, 2014 | Kristi DeLaurentiis

Earlier this year, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle launched a forward-thinking, comprehensive and long-range transportation planning effort known as “Connecting Cook County.” The plan aims to develop a broader vision and coherent strategy for transportation investments by tying them to greater economic growth and by making communities desirable places to live and work. Read Full Article (PDF)

PACE adds commuter routes

August 24, 2014 | By Geoff Ziezulewicz

Commuters have a variety of new route options when taking a PACE bus into Chicago from Plainfield, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. Route 855, which rides the I-55 shoulder between downtown and Park-n-Ride sites in the suburbs, has been split into three new routes, 850, 851 and 855. "The change means fewer stops for customers, faster travel times and an easier time discerning which bus to take during the evening rush," according to a PACE statement, which said the changes were a response to customer feedback. Read Full Article (PDF)

Officials say vehicle-to-vehicle communications could reduce crashes

August 20, 2014 | By Brian Fung, The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — For years, transportation wonks have been waiting for automated technologies that will make cars safer and easier to use, cutting down on traffic jams and lowering the risk of deadly crashes. Now we're one step closer to that future: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a plan to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger cars. Adopting these technologies, the agency says, could prevent nearly 600,000 car crashes every year once the rollout is complete. Read Full Article (PDF)

Chicago hitches a ride on the 'connected car'

August 18, 2014 | John Pletz

The road to self-driving cars will go through Chicago. In a West Loop office tower, Nokia Corp. has 300 people working on technology that will help cars talk to each other, as well as to traffic signs, smartphones and other devices. In Vernon Hills, more than 50 engineers are working on connecting vehicle entertainment and navigation systems to phones, tablets and the cloud at a new Harman International Industries Inc. research center.
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Additional bus-on-shoulder service coming to Stevenson; possible some day on Edens

August 11, 2014 | Richard Wronski, Tribune reporter

The bus-on-shoulders commuting option that began as an experiment three years ago on the Stevenson Expressway (Interstate 55) has proven so successful service will be enhanced and possibly replicated on the Edens Expressway (I-94) Read Full Article (PDF)

U.S. Economy hits a pothole

August 8, 2014 | Don Lee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was a beautiful May afternoon when Donnel Gomes took his week-old silver Mercedes for a spin into the city. He turned onto Broad Street and...kaboom! Read Full Article (PDF)

Transit deserts' don't serve workers, study says

August 3, 2014 | Jon Hilkevitch Getting Around

About 1 out of every 10 people in Cook County, roughly 438,500 residents, live in "transit deserts'' that are cut off from fast, frequent train and bus service, according to a new analysis that for the first time identifies dozens of Chicago-area mass transit dead zones and maps them in relation to major job clusters. Read Full Article (PDF)

Chicago manufacturing 'punching below its weight,' report says

July 30, 2014 | Kathy Bergen and Alejandra Cancino, Tribune reporters

Metro Chicago lags behind many counterparts nationwide in the recovery of its manufacturing sector as well as the exports it fuels, a serious deficit as the city reaches for a bigger share of global economic activity. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County to get $4.7 million for construction
July 25, 2014 | Associated Press

CHICAGO — Cook County is getting more than $4.7 million from the state for construction projects, including new roofs for buildings at area colleges.

In a news release, Gov. Pat Quinn's office says the projects — funded by the governor's $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program — include physical education and library buildings at Northeastern Illinois University. Also, the roofing system at University of Illinois at Chicago's engineering building will be replaced. Read Full Article (PDF)

First Avenue Bike Path Finally Becoming a Reality
July 24, 2014 | By Jeff Tobolski

There has been talk about constructing a path along First Avenue from Riverside-Brookfield High School to 26th Street in North Riverside to provide a safe route for students to walk and bike to school since 1968.

However, it has been just that; talk. For whatever reason, previous local officials and bureaucrats could never agree on how to get the project off the ground, and so it fell by the wayside. Year after year, students continue to walk through the forest preserves on a footpath trail that they have created themselves, and bike along busy First Avenue. Read Full Article (PDF)

Morgan Street 'L' Station Helping Fuel West Loop Boom, CTA Says
July 11, 2014 | By Josh McGhee

CHICAGO — A section of the West Loop once riddled with vacant stores has become a booming section of the city thanks in part to the Morgan Street "L" Station, the CTA and the local alderman agreed.

Findings from an informal CTA study showed that since the station opened in May 2012, residential and business development in the surrounding neighborhood has continued at a "faster pace than nearly all other markets within the city during the post-recession period," CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said. Read Full Article (PDF)

Pace Delays Plans For Expanded Service
July 9, 2014 9:12 PM | By Bob Roberts

Pace has decided to “go slow” with plans to increase the number of buses riding the shoulder on I-55.

The suburban bus agency remains committed to the changes. But spokesman Patrick Wilmot said Wednesday that a pair of factors could delay implementation of the changes for between one and three months. Read Full Article (PDF)


Ill. unemployment rate falls again as factory jobs continue to leave state

Posted: Jul 17, 2014 1:09 PM CDT; Updated: Jul 18, 2014 11:52 AM CDT

City must invest in mass transit
July 17, 2014

Officials from Africa’s five richest nations are coming to Chicago at the end of the month to see how transportation can make a city successful. Chicago still has a reputation as a city whose economic strength was built atop an effective transportation system.

But if those African officials look closely, they’ll see a regional transit system that is struggling. It needs about $20 billion just to catch up with deferred maintenance and replacement and will need another $13.4 billion over the next decade to keep pace. Read Full Article (PDF)

How to keep the Highway Trust Fund in motion

July 14, 2014

I'm on the highway to hell (highway to hell) … and I'm goin' down all the way — AC/DC

We'll probably learn this week if the U.S. House and Senate intend to live out the AC/DC classic.

The Highway Trust Fund, the federal government's primary mechanism to help the states pay for maintenance and construction of roads, bridges and mass transportation, is running out of money. If Congress doesn't come up with an infusion by Aug.1, some ongoing projects will be stopped or stalled. Many construction jobs are on the line.

About 75 percent of Illinois' multiyear road program is funded by the federal government, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which says it has a few months' leeway. Other states will begin pulling back immediately. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways issues press release:
Accelerated State Funds Allow Cook County to Add More Road, Bridge Projects to Summer Repair Schedule.

June 19, 2014

On the Road with Secretary Foxx
June 2014 | Tina Grady Barbaccia, Editor-At-Large

During his "Invest in America, Commit to the Future" bus tour, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx took a grassroots approach to make the case for a robust multi-year Federal investment for Tranpsortation. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County thinks improving transportation boosts south suburban economy
June 19, 2014 | Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent

EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. | When Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke before a gathering of south suburban municipal officials Thursday about improvements to the south suburban economy, she made sure to have Transportation and Highways SuperintendentJohn Yonan with her.

Because as it turns out, much of the accomplishments Preckwinkle cited for the south suburbs were actually assorted road repairs and reconstructions that she says will improve access to businesses located in the area. Read Full Article (PDF)

CTA: New rail cars expected in 2019

June 11, 2014 | By John Hilkevitch

The first of more than 800 new rail cars will begin showing up on CTA train lines in 2019, according to an announcement Wednesday that pushes back the agency’s already-­‐delayed next-­‐generation train. Read Full Article (PDF)

Tribune: Proposal to let agency borrow to boost Chicag-area freight-rail capacity

June 11, 2014 | By John Hilkevitch

A proposal to create a dedicated funding source to better handle the growing volume of freight moving through the Chicago area was presented Wednesday to the chief planning group for the metropolitan region. Read Full Article (PDF)

Western Springs gets $468,000 grant for bike path

June 3, 2014 | Jane Michaels

Western Springs has been awarded a $468,000 grant to pave a pathway from Ogden Avenue and Wolf Road through Bemis Woods, connecting to the Salt Creek bike path. Read Full Article (PDF)

Divvy sets new single-day ride record

May 27, 2014 | Staff report

The Divvy bike-sharing program set back-to-back records this past weekend for the number of rides recorded in a day.
The program logged 12,863 rides on Saturday and 16,259 rides Sunday, according to the mayor's office. The prior single-day record was set earlier this month at 12,796 rides, the office said. Sunday's record came the same day as Bike the Drive, an annual fundraiser that shut down Lake Shore Drive to car traffic for five hours. Temperatures reached 83 degrees at O'Hare International Airport that day. Divvy riders bought more than 6,900 24-hour passes Sunday, officials said. The previous record of 2,687 passes was set in September of 2013, according to Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for the city.

Improved bike routes coming to Chicago suburbs
By Angie Leventis Lourgos, Tribune reporter, May 25, 2014

Transportation experts say northeastern Illinois is on the cusp of completing a system of bicycle routes that could soon allow safe and nearly continuous biking across the region — from Indiana north to Wisconsin and west past the corn fields. Read Full Article (PDF)

Chicago among safest U.S. cities for pedestrians
BY ROSALIND ROSSI Transportation Reporter May 20, 2014

Pedestrians are less likely to be killed in traffic accidents in the Chicago area than in most of the nation’s big cities, a new study indicates. Read Full Artcile (PDF)

County Roadwork Planned In Northbrook, Wheeling, Rolling Meadows
Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently announced the county’s annual road construction program would focus heavily on restoring pavement damaged by this winter’s severe conditions. Three roadwork sites were identified in Northbrook, Wheeling and Rolling Meadows. Read Full Artcile (PDF)

Cook to focus on winter’s toll on suburban roads
April 29, 2014

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said last week that the county's annual road construction program would focus heavily on restoring pavement damaged by this winter's severe conditions. Read Full Artcile (PDF)

Peotone airport could break ground as early as 2016
April 25, 2014; by Keith Benman

Ground could be broken on a south suburban airport at Peotone as early as 2016, with the Illinois Department of Transportation using accelerated procedures first employed on the go-fast schedule for the Illiana Expressway, according to IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider. Read Full Article (PDF)

Quinn Announces Bike, Walking Trail Improvements in Cook County
April 22, 2014; Posted by Amie Schaenzer (Editor)

Gov. Pat Quinn announced earlier this month a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois.

The investment will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. Read Full Article (PDF)

Southeast Chicago residents awaiting proposed Red Line extension to 130th Street
April 20, 2014; by Gregory Tejeda Times Correspondent

When Peggy Salazar, of the Slag Valley neighborhood, needs to travel to downtown, her commute is longer than that of many suburban residents who live farther away. Her community has only one Chicago Transit Authority route that leads downtown. It’s a No. 30 South Chicago bus route that works its way from the Hegewisch station on the South Shore line at Brandon and Brainard avenues north to the Red Line train line at 69th Street.
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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Cook County provides forum for transportation opinions
April 13, 2014; by Kristi DeLaurentiis

Regional needs like transportation funding and other infrastructure investments seem to be getting lots of media attention lately. On the Illinois side, Gov. Pat Quinn’s Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force recently recommended how to improve the region’s transit system, and to improve the current state of disrepair of roads and bridges. In Indiana, the stories are similar. Read Full Article (PDF)

Transit Funding Plan Unveiled
By Richard Wronski, Tribune reporter, April 3, 2014

A coalition of transportation advocates supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has recommended raising new tax money in Cook County to help pay for billions of dollars of mass transit improvements. Read Full Article (PDF)

Chicago metro leads nation in major business investments: Trying to stand on ‘big shoulders'
March 16, 2014; by Jospeh S. Pete

Chicago metro leads the nation in new investment because of talented workforce, central location, access to markets, and world-class transportation. Businesses are choosing to invest in the Chicago metro area more than anywhere else in the United States. Read Full Article (PDF)

Cook County Seeks Feedback on First Transportation Plan Since 1940

by Steven Vance; Posted March 7, 2014

Cook County has begun the process of creating its first transportation plan since its 1940 highway plan. The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways is collecting feedback from residents on present and future transportation needs.
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 CMAP Weekly Update
Posted February 28, 2014

Connecting Cook County. Cook County kicked off the development of its long-range transportation plan, Connecting Cook County, on Tuesday. The plan will evaluate multiple modes of transportation, including public transportation, bicycling, cars, and trucking corridors. Residents can share input on-line or at rotating kiosks throughout the county. Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cook County seeks public's input on transportation plan

February 28, 2014 12:00 am, Times Staff

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the county’s transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years.

Called “Connecting Cook County,” the Long Range Transportation Plan will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County’s last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today’s Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040...Read Full Article (PDF) or Read Online

Illinois Chamber of Commerce - Chamber Dispatch
Infrastructure Council Supports Connecting Cook County
Posted date: February 27, 2014, Posted by: Benjamin Brockschmidt

Cook County is developing a plan, and we’re excited.

In January 2013, the Infrastructure Council was at a local meeting in the South Suburbs where Cook County President Preckwinkle was speaking. She discussed how business was absent from infrastructure issues, only speaking up to complain and not actively helping to improve our networks. We spoke up and challenged her, saying that business is here as a partner to work toward goals, not be a cheerleader that only appears when government makes the transportation investments that are their responsibility...Read Full Blog Post Online

Preckwinkle seeks long-term transportation plan
By Tina Sfondeles, Posted February 27, 2014

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday announced the development of a long-term transportation plan that will include input gained from an online survey and public kiosks sprinkled throughout the county.

“For too long, Cook County sat back while decisions impacting our residents were made by others,” said Preckwinkle about the need for a comprehensive transportation plan, which was last developed in the 1940s. “We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy.”... Read Full Article (PDF)

View VIDEO :: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle demonstrates how survey kiosks will gather public input for Cook County’s Long Range Transportation Plan, at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. SOURCE: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

Preckwinkle launches start of Cook County 40 year transportation plan
Posted February 27, 2014

Today, Cook County President Preckwinkle named her 17-member Advisory Committee on transportation that will help devise her plan for Cook County's transportation network and its impact over the next 25 years. Preckwinkle named Michael Tang, CEO of National Material LP, and member of Preckwinkle’s Council of Economic Advisors, to chair the Advisory Committee...Read Full Article (PDF)

Public input sought on transportation priorities
By Jon Hilkevitch, Tribune reporter 5:19 pm, February 25, 2014

Cook County residents and business owners are being asked to weigh in on setting transportation priorities for future projects – from roads to bicycle paths and pedestrian walkways – and to tell officials about existing strengths and weaknesses involved in navigating the county-maintained network.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced a long-range strategy on Tuesday aimed at developing stronger links between transportation, economic growth and regional planning.

A transportation plan will be created over the next 18 months and serve as the blueprint to spur more economic growth and improve the quality of life for county residents over the next 25 years, Preckwinkle said...Read Full Article (PDF)

Seeking Your Feedback on the Cook County Long Range Transportation Plan

Press Release; For Immediate Release February 13, 2014; Contact: Mary Jo Follert

Cook County has partnered with the village to offer a convenient opportunity to share your feedback on its long range transportation plan. Beginning February 26, at the Prairie Center for the Arts, stop by to try out the MetroQuest kiosk...Read Full Press Release (PDF)

President Preckwinkle Launches Long Range Transportation Plan
Blog; By Communications Staff at February 25, 2014

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County’s transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years...Read Full Blog Online or View PDF

What are your transportation priorities? Tell Cook County
By Marni Pyke

Want less congestion on Route 14? Or fast public transit to O’Hare from Palatine? A way to safely walk or bike between home and work? Now’s the time to submit your wish list as Cook County begins work on a long-range transportation plan.

“We want to look at transportation from a variety of perspectives from public transit to cars to pedestrian access to rail corridors,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday, adding the plan is intended to spur economic growth and build livable communities...Read Full Article (PDF)

Posted 2/25/14

President Preckwinkle Launches Long Range Transportation Plan

Public’s Input Will Help Shape Findings, Cook County’s Path Forward

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today set in motion the development of a plan that will look at the County’s transportation network and its impact on economic growth and quality of life over the next 25 years.

“We can no longer continue to make one-off transportation investments. We need a coherent strategy. The County should invest in transportation as a way to foster economic development and create communities that are desirable places to live and work,” Preckwinkle said. “With more than half of the metropolitan region’s population, jobs and businesses, Cook County should be a leader in planning, prioritizing and aligning resources. We want to ensure Cook County’s transportation investments are sensible, coordinated, and support growth.”

Called “Connecting Cook County,” the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) will be developed over the next 18 months. Cook County’s last comprehensive transportation plan, now more than 70 years ago, identified the corridors for the today’s Chicago-area expressway system. This LRTP is expected to set an agenda through 2040....READ MORE

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Watch President Preckwinkle explain what #connectingcook #LRTP will achieve in the next 18 months. Also gives an overview of @metroquest which will be a prominent way we hear from all residents in #CookCounty on what they currently value in transportation priorities and where they want to see change.

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