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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,…
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…
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…
CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein's Presentation at 8/17 Bus Rapid Transit Roundtable
  • Presentation
  • Aug 18, 2011
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, MPC released Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity, a vision for a 10-route Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network in Chicago that is feasible, best supports existing neighborhood assets, and fills accessibility gaps in the current transit network. At the public…
Chicago’s Next Mayor Will Support Green City Policies
  • Jan 18, 2011
Questionnaire Responses Show All Candidates Support “Green Growth Platform” of Leading Chicago Environmental Groups Chicago - All of Chicago’s mayoral candidates committed to improving Chicago’s environment through their responses to the Green Growth Platform issued by the…
Coalition urges mayoral candidates to make sustainable transportation a priority
  • Dec 16, 2010
On behalf of tens of thousands of members and supporters, a coalition of eight environmental and transportation leaders requested Thursday that Chicago mayoral candidates support their Sustainable Transportation Platform. The platform focuses on strategies to improve transportation safety and…

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