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With Kansas City 'nipping at Chicago's heels,' CREATE freight improvement must accelerate
A story by The Washington Post's Midwest Bureau reporter Kari Lydersen is calling attention to the need for additional investment in CREATE, the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program. This public-private partnership between the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, state and…
Illinois transportation advocates: Rep. Oberstar's bill a good start toward federal transportation investment reform; more work needed
  • Jun 25, 2009
This is a joint release from the Metropolitan Planning Council, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Illinois PIRG, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Transportation for America Core News Facts U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and…
Illinois, national transportation experts to host media telebriefing on Rep. Oberstar's bill to reform federal transportation investment
  • Jun 23, 2009
(Chicago) … U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced a bill on Monday that would reauthorize federal surface transportation funding to the tune of $450 billion and reform how the federal government invests in…
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.
MPC Roundtable: Around the World in 90 Minutes
  • Jan 9, 2009
Without the need of a passport or visa, a capacity crowd experienced a whirlwind tour of best practices in transportation infrastructure from various Asian and European cities, as part of MPC’s Fall Roundtable Series.
Rebuilding and Renewing America: Highlights from a day of forward thinking
Investment in our nation's water, energy, and transportation infrastructure will be one of the first priorities of the new Obama administration. At MPC's recent conference on the subject, experts from throughout the Great Lakes megaregion identified priorities and outlined a better process for making investment decisions.
Excess traffic costs metropolitan Chicago $7.3 billion a year
  • Aug 5, 2008
Core News Facts * The latest report from the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), Moving at the Speed of Congestion, quantifies the cost of excess traffic congestion to Chicagoland businesses, counties and residents. * MPC commissioned HDR Decision Economics to conduct the research…
New MPC report measures costs of congestion to Chicagoland
"Moving at the Speed of Congestion" shows traffic costs businesses and individuals in the metropolitan region $7.3 billion a year, nearly twice the most recent estimate. The freight industry alone loses $1 billion annually, threatening Chicago's place in the global economy. The report quantifies the value of wasted time and fuel for individuals in the city of Chicago and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties, showing congestion affects everyone in the region. New approaches to planning and financing Chicagoland's transportation infrastructure must provide regional solutions to our shared congestion problem.
Frequently asked questions about Moving at the Speed of Congestion
MPC's 2008 report quantifies the cost of congestion to metropolitan Chicago.
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

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