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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…
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,…
Talking Transit—on TV
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Chris Bury on the WYCC (channel 20) In the Loop weekly public policy show. The show featured an in-depth look at Chicagoland commutes and congestion, featuring the story of a woman who commutes two hours each way. Bury interviewed me to…
Comments on 2015 Chicago Transit Authority budget
The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) commends the Chicago Transit Authority’s 2015 budget proposal. Over the past four years, the transit authority has made great strides toward balancing its budget, has generally increased its ridership and has invested appropriately in the upgrade of the…
In the Loop: November 13, 2014
In the Loop is your round-up of what’s going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit. @metroplanners news As described in this month’s Talking Transit, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will be hosting a roundtable on Tuesday, Nov. 18,…

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