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How I-55 will give you 16 minutes back

MPC supports Gov. Rauner's proposal to add a toll lane in each direction

There are very few things worse than being stuck in traffic, and most anyone who spends time on our region’s roads agrees traffic is terrible. But, loosen your grip on the steering wheel and take a few deep breaths, because on I-55, traffic is about to move much faster.

Gov. Rauner is calling for what's known as a "managed lane:" It could be a carpool lane, it could be a tolled lane, it could be a tolled lane where cars carrying more than one person don't have to pay. MPC has projected that this will have benefits for drivers who aren't even using the lane. And those who choose to pay extra to use the lane will save 22 minutes per trip, on average.

MPC has advocated for this for a long time, and we're thrilled to finally see it happen. Buckle your seat belts everybody, and here we go!

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March 3—MPC Urban Think & Drink
What happened to the moderates?

In the age of a budget-less Illinois and constant stalemate at the federal and state levels, uncomfortable questions like "Does democracy even work anymore?" crop up.

Veteran congressman and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joins MPC on March 3 for an Urban Think & Drink on a very important topic for our state: bipartisanship. Sec. LaHood will talk about his decades of experience in Washington, as well as sign copies of his book, Seeking Bipartisanship.

Doors open Thursday, March 3, at 5 p.m. The program will begin at 5:30, with time to mingle (and get your book signed) before and after. Come enjoy a beer, a talk and great company!

MPC thanks BNSF Railway and CSX Transportation for sponsoring this event. Thanks to Revolution Brewing for providing libations!

Upcoming events

SmartWorlds: APD/P3 Infrastructure, Part 1—BuiltWorlds
Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m.

Next Plan Launch Event—Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m.

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Seeking Bipartisanship with Sec. Ray LaHood
March 3, 5 p.m.
sponsored by BNSF Railway and CSX Transportation

MPC Urban Think & Drink—Streetfight with Janette Sadik-Khan
March 29, 5 p.m.
sponsored by Sam Schwartz Consulting, LLC, Solomon Cordwell Buenz and TransitCenter
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