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This chart shows why the U.S. can’t invest more in transportation infrastructure
This week the U.S. Senate used its credit card to pass and pay for a six-year transportation bill with only three years of funding. Though the bill runs through 2018, it relies on revenues generated through 2025 as payment, including selling off oil from the nation’s strategic reserves,…
Illinois at a standstill while other states move on more transportation funding
Today, legislation in six states to raise the motor fuel tax will take effect. Legislators in these states voted to raise the gas tax because they know paying a little extra at the pump will make their constituents’ lives easier—with better roads that will improve traffic congestion,…
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,…
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…
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…

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