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Talking Transit: The gubernatorial transition offers exciting new opportunities for transportation in Illinois
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? Last November, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) President MarySue Barrett was…
People are driving less: Transportation agencies need to invest based on the data
Thankfully early January's polar-vortex-like conditions didn’t result in the major Metra delays of January 2014, when thousands of Chicagoans were stranded as train switches froze in the frigid weather. And it was nothing compared to November’s Transitpocalypse when, due to safety…
Talking Transit: The Englewood Flyover is the next step in improving the region’s rail connections
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? One-fourth of the nation’s rail freight traverses the Chicago region every…
Talking Transit: Improving transportation connections to Chicago’s Museum Campus
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? Each year, approximately 24 million people visit Chicago’s central…
Museum Campus Transportation Study
  • Oct 15, 2014
Chicago’s Museum Campus is home to the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field, Northerly Island, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion and Burnham Harbor, which collectively attract millions of visitors each year. The potential additional of the Lucas Museum of…
What Our Water’s Worth: Stormwater solutions worth more than the sum of their parts
In the Chicago region, addressing the negative impacts of stormwater—be they basement backups, swelling rivers, flooded streets or combined sewer overflows—is a difficult and daunting task for all involved, from the property owners whose homes and businesses are damaged, to the local…
Talking Transit: Understanding why people take transit—and why some don't
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? According to a poll conducted by the Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs…
Talking Transit: Funding transit through a broadened sales tax
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? In the 1950s, Americans devoted over half of their personal spending to material…
How Illinois can lower its sales tax rate & raise funding for transit
The State of Illinois’ 6.25 percent sales tax is among the highest levied by any state. With local sales taxes factored in, Chicago tops the list of large cities’ combined sales tax rates, an ignominious ranking that it shares with Los Angeles. But Illinois could lower its sales tax…
What Our Water’s Worth: Aurora’s versatile answer to stormwater woes
With the recently announced expansion of Illinois’ Clean Water Initiative to include funding projects related to stormwater, more money will soon be available for local communities looking to invest in stormwater solutions, particularly green infrastructure solutions. Some communities are…

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