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Give a Minute, and change your city
This post was written by Aleece Smith, MPC research assistant. Here at Metropolitan Planning Council, we are all for engaging the public to inform future investment. So we’re big fans of CEOs for Cities’ Give a Minute campaign, which is providing a temporary forum for public dialogue…
Care about Chicago-area transit? Then read this post!
Have questions about the future of mass transit in Chicagoland? Interested in hearing about future plans and projects? Wondering what’s new at the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) these days? Learn and have your say at one of RTA’s public webinars Sept. 16 and 22. The RTA is…
Lessons in transit: How Chicagoland can improve its transit network
What ideas do you have for making our region’s transit system more attractive, efficient and reliable? Every few weeks MPC produces Talking Transit, an e-newsletter highlighting transit innovations from around the world, to spark some new thinking for our transit system – and we’d…
Goods in Motion
In the top 10 highway bottlenecks in the country (three of which are in Chicago), congestion has caused more than 18 million hours of truck delay every year. However, trucks deliver the goods we need to fill our stores, generate revenue for local communities, and create jobs. Finding a…
Spongebob Squarepants offers a lesson in transit reliability
A few weekends ago, I was lazily browsing some Saturday morning cartoons, and caught an episode of Spongebob Squarepants that demonstrated very colorfully the effects of unreliable transit service. In this episode, Spongebob and his trusty sidekick Patrick go to a theme park and, on their way home,…
Planning by the Numbers: CMAP survey shows Chicagoland needs better transportation options
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning recently released results from its Travel Tracker Survey, through which 10,552 households in northeastern Illinois provided a detailed travel inventory for each member of their household on one or two assigned travel days between January 2007 and…
What's your prescription for a healthier Chicago?
What do you think makes a community healthy? Is it safety measures, quality housing and transportation options, access to fresh food, or proximity to quality health care and amenities? Or is it some combination of all of these factors? Whatever you believe, here’s your chance to influence the…
The future of urban transit
Considering that approximately 65 percent of Chicago public transit users ride buses, it’s clear that improving the quality of bus service will retain existing and attract new people to public transit. As a regular bus rider myself, I know how much my commute – and, by extension, my…
Minnesota battles traffic with congestion pricing
In 2005, nine miles of underutilized carpool lanes along Minnesota’s I-394 corridor were converted into toll lanes. Since then, the lanes have accommodated more than 940,000 vehicles every year, and 90 percent of users maintain a very high level of satisfaction. Passengers in the non-tolled…
What's your favorite CTA, Metra or South Shore stop?
Before I joined MPC in 2004, I worked full-time as a journalist. As a j-school student, one of my class projects was to write about every stop on the Red Line. Each of us chose a stop and found a nearby story to share with our fellow students. That experience stayed with me: On the rare weekend…

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