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Great design meets innovative problem-solving
I am lucky to have my office in the heart of a world-class city. I recently took advantage of a gorgeous October day and made the quick four-block walk to the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) at the historic Santa Fe building on South Michigan Avenue. The stunning lobby is a testament to…
Take Metra's survey to inform new director's agenda
Alexander Clifford, Metra’s brand-new executive director and CEO, received a warm welcome in Chicago on Tuesday — quickly followed by a frigid reception from Mother Nature. I couldn't help but think of Clifford and his fellow Chicago-area transit agency directors this morning as I made…
Care about Chicago-area transit? Then read this post!
Have questions about the future of mass transit in Chicagoland? Interested in hearing about future plans and projects? Wondering what’s new at the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) these days? Learn and have your say at one of RTA’s public webinars Sept. 16 and 22. The RTA is…
Lessons in transit: How Chicagoland can improve its transit network
What ideas do you have for making our region’s transit system more attractive, efficient and reliable? Every few weeks MPC produces Talking Transit, an e-newsletter highlighting transit innovations from around the world, to spark some new thinking for our transit system – and we’d…
Dream Big: What would you do to improve Chicagoland’s transit?
For the first time ever, federal decision makers on housing, transportation and environment are all at the table, talking the same talk and walking the same walk. This effort, known as the Sustainable Communities Initiative, got its first wave of funding last week in the form of a $130 million…
Transit Innovation: Bikes in Berlin
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC explores how Berlin intelligently links rail, road, and bicycle transport.
Goal-Driven, Right-Sized and Coordinated: Federal Investment Reform for the 21st Century
In the midst of an unprecedented economic downturn, community, civic, government, nonprofit and foundation leaders across metropolitan Chicago are planting encouraging seeds of innovation. MPC has released a white paper documenting some of those innovative local efforts, and is seeking more examples to further build the case for federal investment reform.
Transit Innovations: Regional Coordination
Every two weeks, MPC uncovers best practices from around the world and delivers them right to your inbox in Talking Transit. This week, MPC explores the integration of a divided transit network.
MPC forum highlights Reconnecting Neighborhoods recommendations

The Dec. 2008 Building Succesful Mixed-Income Communities forum focused on final Reconnecting Neighborhoods recommendations and the connection to national efforts for improved transit and infrastructure reinvestment and neighborhood revitalization.

Privatizing Chicago’s parking meters
The Chicago City Council voted to lease 36,000 of Chicago’s parking meters to a private company for $1.16 billion. MPC believes revenues from this deal should be reinvested in road and transit improvements throughout the city.

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