Transportation choices

MPC serves on the steering committee that is guiding the overall implementation of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Chicago.

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To move people and fight congestion

In 2011, MPC released Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity, a citywide analysis that identified 10 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes that are feasible to construct, consistent with livability goals, provide access to schools, jobs and parks, and have potential for adjacent transit-oriented development. MPC serves on the steering committee, comprising government officials and civic organizations, that is guiding the overall implementation of BRT in Chicago. In 2012, MPC commenced community outreach, to 35 community organizations and 19 aldermen, around the proposed BRT corridor along Western and Ashland avenues in Chicago, one of the highest ranked routes in the study.

In 2010, MPC released The Road Less Traveled: Exploring Congestion Pricing in Chicagoland, which evaluated its potential on three Illinois highways—the Kennedy and Steven Expressways and Jane Addams Tollway—to improve mobility, and thereby the competitiveness of the Chicago metropolitan region. Funded by the Federal Highway Administration, the Illinois Tollway selected MPC to conduct public and stakeholder outreach to mayors and other elected officials from across the region. As a result of encouraging findings, the Tollway is exploring exactly how to improve auto and transit connections on a reconstructed I-90, between the Jane Addams Tollway and Kennedy Expressway, including managed lanes with enhanced transit.

MPC worked successfully to enact authorizing legislation in Illinois for Public-Private Partnerships, modeled on best practices from around the country and globe.

In 2011, MPC celebrated passage of MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, the first-ever federal surface transportation legislation to include performance-based investment criteria. The two-year, $105 billion program, signed into law by President Obama in 2012, did not accomplish all MPC hoped, but does lay out national goals for safety, infrastructure maintenance, and environmental sustainability.

CREATE bridge project

Public-Private Partnerships have successfully financed infrastructure investments around the world.

To support innovative financing of major transportation projects such as the Elgin-O'Hare western bypass, CREATE rail freight modernization plan, and redevelopment of Chicago Union Station in 2010, MPC worked successfully with the Governor's Office, Ill. Dept. of Transportation, and Illinois General Assembly to enact authorizing legislation, for Public-Private Partnerships, modeled on best practices from around the country and globe.

Through its role as co-chair of a World Business Chicago strategy team focused on investments in next generation infrastructure, MPC is bringing new and important voices to the table to identify the region's priority infrastructure projects and grow the economy.

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For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area's toughest planning and development challenges. MPC works to solve today's urgent problems while consistently thinking ahead to prepare the region for the needs of tomorrow. Read more about our work »

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