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Water Taxis: A Relaxing Alternative
A $2 fare will take you on a scenic tour of the Chicago River in under 12 minutes!
Reconnecting Neighborhoods: The Homestretch
  • Aug 14, 2008

MPC's Reconnecting Neighborhoods project enters the final months of its yearlong public planning process.

Moving at the Speed of Congestion - The True Costs of Traffic in the Chicago Metropolitan Area August 2008
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  • Jul 29, 2008
This report presents findings from a study conducted by HDR Decision Econom­ics, in association with Dr. Alex Anas, for the Metropolitan Planning Council. The main purpose of the study is to analyze and, to the extent possible, quantify the costs resulting from traffic congestion on area roads,…
Putting Illinois Back on the Map: Prosperity through Innovation and Investment
  • May 13, 2008
Gridlock in Springfield over the next state capital plan threatens the prosperity of Illinois and metropolitan Chicago. Many residents are so turned off by political infighting that they’re not sure there’s a way out. As has been true throughout our 74-year history, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) is not giving up. By going back to the drawing board on a state capital plan, Illinois can put itself back on the map. We’re offering a path to prosperity through a package of innovations and investments that can keep Illinois moving toward a brighter future.
Within Chicago’s Reach: Building Transit Friendly Neighborhoods for All
  • Jan 14, 2008
MPC’s Winter 2008 Roundtable, “Within Our Reach: Your World in Half a Mile,” captured the attention of planners, developers, elected officials, and community groups from around the region, as it explored the opportunities and challenges to integrating neighborhood development with transit service.
Congestion Pricing 101
An introduction to congestion pricing.
MPC co-hosts Parking 101 roundtable: Municipalities flock to solve the daunting parking equation
Watch the video of Parking 101: Transportation Enhancement Districts and Beyond, a special roundtable co-hosted by MPC and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
CTA President Ron Huberman discusses the “New CTA”
Candid conversation focuses on the realities of securing sufficient transit funding for Northeastern Illinois.
MPC testimony to the Ill. House Committee on CREATE Rail Program
  • By Guest Author
  • Apr 18, 2007
On April 9, 2007, Michael McLaughlin, MPC Transportation Director, gave testimony to the Illinois House Railroad Committee regarding federal financing of CREATE and other rail needs. According to McLaughlin, completing the CREATE program is essential to
Transportation Enhancement Districts: Improving access and strengthening neighborhoods
From San Francisco to Portland to London, cities have discovered a successful mechanism to spur economic growth and improve the vitality of their commercial districts. Now, it's Chicago's turn!

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