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Talking Transit: How will automated cars alter the urban environment?
Published monthly, MPC’s Talking Transit provides updates about transit-related activities around the world. Did you know? Automated cars from companies like Google and BMW are only five to ten years away from being ready for mainstream use, according to some estimates. These cars could…
Dear Governor Rauner: Make transportation a priority
June 22, 2015 Dear Governor Rauner, Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin: Among the pressing issues facing the State of Illinois this year, Accelerate Illinois is calling on you to make…
Value capture remains important transit financing tool
Value capture financing is an important and innovative funding mechanism for public transit improvement and expansion projects across the U.S. As public transit ridership continues to increase to historic levels not seen in more than 40 years, and with declining infrastructure money associated with…
Our roads don't pay for themselves
I bet you’ve said this before: “Why are these roads so terrible and congested? Don’t I pay taxes for this?!” The answer is yes, you do. But those gas taxes and vehicle fees don’t generate nearly enough revenue to cover just the cost of maintaining roads, let alone…
Land closest to Chicago's El stations most valuable in Chicago
One of Chicago’s greatest strengths is its rapid rail transit system. The Chicago Transit Authority operates the second largest public transportation system in the nation, with 146 rail stations providing almost 730,000 rides each weekday. It’s also one of the few cities in the world…
Talking Transit: Why should Chicago focus growth near transit?
Get In the Loop on all the latest local, national and international transit headlines. Chicago has some of the nation’s greatest economic assets: a well-educated, cosmopolitan population; a diverse set of industries with connections to the rest of the world; and renowned freight and…
Transform Illinois: A Coalition for Efficient Government
While the sheer number of governments in Illinois is staggering—somewhere between 6,900 and 8,500, counting everything from school districts to lesser-known cemetery districts—the fundamental question isn’t, “How many is too many?” Instead, it’s “How can we…
Here's where the nation's top metros rank on employment
This post is the final in a series of three. Read the first two. Employment is a key factor in a region’s growth. A strong labor market means more well-paying jobs are available, making a region a more attractive place for people to move. Growth in the regional economy also generates all…
Talking Transit: Pace reveals plans for faster, more effective bus service on Milwaukee Avenue
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? More than 100,000 daily riders take advantage of bus services offered by Pace in…
Why is Minneapolis growing almost five times faster than Chicago? It's not the weather.
This post is the second in a series of three. Read the other two. We last looked at Census data that showed that of the top 20 most populated regions in the U.S., Chicago ranked 18th in population growth. From 2010 to 2013 it grew by just about 20,000 people annually, about 0.22 percent a year,…

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