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Rethinking investment policies, planning for the region’s future

Devin Westhause

The Chicago region needs to fully invest in and innovate its infrastructure so our economy can grow and we can remain globally competitive.


Illinois must invest $43 billion over the next decade to get its roads, rails and bridges to a state of good repair. At stake is nothing less than Illinois’ continued economic success and high quality of life. Years of declining investment have left Illinois’ transit, roads, and bridges in poor shape. We must invest to rebuild and improve our state’s transportation network. Doing nothing will actually cost us more: From damaged vehicles to lost time, our crumbling infrastructure is taking money out of our pockets and slowing down our state’s economy.


In 2018, the Metropolitan Planning Council relaunched its transportation agenda, focusing its time and talent on several areas of immediate need. First and foremost, we are fighting to secure sustainable state funding to ensure our transportations systems are not only in good repair but we are able to plan for the needs of the future. We are also prioritizing making our transportation systems more accessible to those who are low-income or experience disabilities. And finally, innovations in infrastructure are paramount to our region’s success, so we are at the forefront of understanding emerging topics like Autonomous Vehicles.

To learn more about Sustainable Revenue, check out:

Sustainable Revenue for Transportation
Improving public transit through reliable, dedicated transportation funding

Crowd-sourced stories and photos of failing transportation infastructure problem that is used to advocate for sustainable revenue

Transit Means Business
An initiative to promote the connection between transit investments and our ability to recruit and retain business in metropolitan Chicago (more to come)

To learn more about our Equity in Transportation Work, check out:

Our Equitable Future
Advancing racial equity with policies and programs to uproot our legacy of segregation

Improving Transit for People with Disabilities
A better designed transportation system to meet the needs of everyone

To learn more about Innovation in Infrastructure check out:

Innovative Infrastructure Delivery
Fundamentally rethinking how we invest in infrastructure

Autonomous Vehicles
Leading discussions on the the policy and lifestyle implications of driverless cars


For more than 80 years, MPC has met regional challenges with innovative solutions. The above mutually reinforcing strategies will lead to long-term transformational change and sustainability

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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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