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The fast track to high-speed rail
Today, President Obama announced the recipients of $8 billion in high-speed rail grants allocated to 31 states along 13 major rail corridors. The Midwest Region was awarded almost $2.6 billion for four major corridors: Chicago-St. Louis-Kansas City, Minneapolis-Milwaukee-Chicago,…
Reinventing investment for a more livable Chicago region

The second event of the MPC-CAF summer discussion series, "Reinventing Public Investment", focused on how federal policies in housing, transportation and economic development have shaped decisions and community development in the Chicago Region.

Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
Transit Innovation: Staying Connected
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC explores wireless internet connectivity on trains, in stations, on boats, and in terminals.
Access, Amenities, Opportunity: MPC launches Reconnecting Neighborhoods project
  • Dec 13, 2007
In partnership with the City of Chicago, Regional Transportation Authority, and HNTB, in November, MPC convened citywide stakeholders in community planning initiative in three neighborhoods.
Overhaul of region's transportation system to be focus of Inaugural William O. Lipinski Transportation Policy Symposium
  • Sep 24, 2007
"Moving the Region in a New Direction" will be theme of day-long, invitation-only forum connecting regional decision makers with transportation experts from around the state and world
Congestion Pricing 101
An introduction to congestion pricing.
CTA President Ron Huberman discusses the “New CTA”
Candid conversation focuses on the realities of securing sufficient transit funding for Northeastern Illinois.
Ogden Avenue Redevelopment Process: Listening to the Community
MPC's involvement in the redesign of Ogden Avenue will help organize North Lawndale around its strongest assets and catalyze redevelopment of the community at large.
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

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