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MPC joins coalition calling for a bold vision for reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive
On July 25, MPC joined with a coalition of 15 regional organizations to release a civic platform for the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive, calling for a bold vision to better meet the needs of everyone who uses the lakefront. The platform is based on seven principles and includes a host of…
Clean transportation a must in climate and energy bills
Transportation accounts for nearly one-third of total energy use in the U.S – and one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve energy independence and slow climate change caused by emissions, it makes good sense to support investments that will help people drive less, and take transit,…
USDOT puts skin in the game by providing funding for livability criteria
We at MPC have been very encouraged by the announcement of the 6 federal livability principles and excited to see how USDOT, EPA, and HUD are finally going to be walking the same walk, singing the same song, and coordinating efforts. We got so excited we even offered a seventh principle to include…
Bus Tracker digital display boards give riders extra time to do their thing
For me, the worst part of waiting for a bus is watching the minutes tick away while I wonder when the next bus will come, which is why I love that the CTA is making bus tracking information more available. In addition to being able to access Bus Tracker on smart phones, or via text messages on…
What one asset should Chicago "sign" from another city?
The NFL free agent signing period started last night, and over the next few weeks there will be a lot of players—team assets really—moving from one city to another (with any luck, the Bears will acquire a pass rush and an impact receiver). That got me to thinking, what's one asset from…
High-speed rail: On track to revitalize communities?
The Metropolitan Planning Council has been an advocate for increased investments in the Chicago region to improve the passenger and freight rail system we have—and ensure we remain competitive for the future with a 21st century transportation network. More than that, we understand how fixed…
Dream Big: What would you do to improve Chicagoland’s transit?
For the first time ever, federal decision makers on housing, transportation and environment are all at the table, talking the same talk and walking the same walk. This effort, known as the Sustainable Communities Initiative, got its first wave of funding last week in the form of a $130 million…

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