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Bringing America to a State of Good Repair
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC takes a look at the proposed federal surface transportation bill.
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.
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.
Funding shortfall threatens future of Chicago-area paratransit services
Pace estimates it will provide more than 3 million ADA trips on regional paratransit services by 2010 – a 5.8 percent increase from 2007.
Moving our nation’s goods through freight
If the region doesn’t address its rail congestion and infrastructure issues now, we will lose 17,000 jobs and more than $2 billion in annual economic production over the next 20 years.
A better way to spend money
In the tradition of Rocky and Bullwinkle, MPC believes it is not the size of a state capital package that matters, but how you spend it.
Life after the transit bill
Passage of a transit-operating bill was a major victory for Chicago-area transit providers and users, but it did not address the long-term funding needs for system maintenance and enhancements. The region needs more dollars to keep transit running in the 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.
In case you missed it: Inaugural William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy is online
  • Oct 15, 2007
View presentations from speakers at "Moving the Region in a New Direction," a day-long working conference to explore new ways to plan, manage and finance transportation investments.
MPC testimony to the Illinois House Mass Transit Committee
Peter Skosey, MPC vice president of external relations, testified before Rep. Julie Hamos' committee on October 9, 2007, to discuss transit funding options.

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