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Three solutions to our transit challenge
Presentation by MPC Executive Vice President Peter Skosey to the Northeast Illinois Transit Reform Task Force, Feb. 28, 2014.
My Census form has arrived. Has yours?
Yesterday when I got home from work, my Census form was waiting for me with the rest of the mail. My husband and I filled it out, and I have to say, it was as gratifying as going to the polls. I'm quite sure I didn't feel that way before I started working at MPC six years ago. Back then, I rarely…
Comprehensive Regional Planning Fund
Stable funding for regional planning agencies in Illinois
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  • Feb 19, 2010
The Comprehensive Regional Planning Fund (CRPF) is a dedicated source of funding for effective comprehensive planning throughout Illinois. It supports regional planning in rural and metropolitan areas of state through federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) such as the…
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.
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 needs investment plan for capital funding
  • Feb 23, 2009
As Springfield lawmakers debate revenue options for a new state capital package, parallel discussions are underway about a fresh, objective approach to selecting transportation projects
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.
October Media Tips
  • Oct 1, 2008
Regional Groups Building Consensus for Pro-Metro U.S. Policies As the nation prepares for an historic presidential election, a broad range of Chicago-area civic groups is coming together to develop recommendations for reforming federal policies to support metropolitan regions. Over the…
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.

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