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In the Loop: April 29, 2015
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news We’re excited about maintaining our infrastructure. Aren’t you? This month, Metropolitan Planning Council staff continued outreach across…
In the Loop: March 31, 2015
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news For people living near transit, particularly in dense neighborhoods in places like the city of Chicago, cars are often purely optional. Indeed, in…
MPC Roundtable—Accelerate Illinois: Addressing Our Transportation Funding Shortfalls
MPC’s roundtable featured Kirk Steudle director of Michigan’s Dept. of Transportation since 2006. Steudle's presentation describes various Michigan transportation challenges and explains how the Wolverine State is planning to fund the maintenance of its road, bridge and transit system…
100+ reasons to be excited about Great Rivers Chicago
“Chicago’s second lakefront.” That’s a line we often hear about the potential for Chicago’s rivers (and when I say “rivers,” I mean all of them: the Chicago and all its reaches, plus the Calumet system and a stretch of the Des Plaines) to be cleaner, more…
Accelerate Illinois: We must invest more in Illinois' vital transit network
More than any other Midwest state, Illinois relies on a variety of public transportation options. In northeastern Illinois, hundreds of thousands of people count on convenient transit service to get to work. For travelers throughout the state, Amtrak trains are an increasingly popular option. And…
Talking Transit: Accelerate Illinois proposes new funding for transportation infrastructure
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. Did you know? New Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced last week that the state’s difficult…
In the Loop: February 25, 2015
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news This month, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) launched the Accelerate Illinois campaign in association with several partners, including AARP,…
Gov. Rauner’s 2016 budget proposal cuts Chicago region transit funding
The first step in the Illinois fiscal year 2016 budget process has begun. Facing a $6.6 billion budget deficit and the rollback in income tax rates, newly elected Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner recommended $3.7 billion in unpopular cuts and $2.9 billion in pension and retiree health care reforms to…
2016 Presidential Budget: A plan for infrastructure
President Obama released an ambitious $4 trillion budget proposal earlier this week with the stated goal “to bring middle-class economics into the 21st Century.” The President’s proposal is the start to the annual federal budget process. Over the next few months, the proposal will…
Transportation frustration? It's time to do something about it
Quick—name something that irritates you every day. If the first thing that comes to mind is your commute, you're not alone. Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) recently conducted a survey of Illinoisans and found that our go-to transportation options—whether driving, taking transit,…

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