A business-backed civic group has issued a report outlining its vision for transportation in Illinois. It includes:
- Doubling the use of public transit in the Chicago area.
- Consolidating leadership of area transit from four oversight boards to just one.
- Removing the funding biases that favor cars over transit.
- Creating a dedicated source of capital funding for transit expansion and repair.
- Doubling the state gasoline tax and using it for all transportation modes.
Chicago Metropolis 2020 on Sunday issued its report “Building Our Economy: Transportation for a New Illinois.”
“The report offers dozens
of recommendations to accelerate growth and job creation by making
smarter public transportation investments and calls on state and local
governments to act decisively and strategically in dozens of specific
“It points out that businesses and families
spend $100 billion on transportation in Illinois yet, public debate
centers on the $12 billion spent each year by 2,859 units of government.”
This report makes a lot of sense. And it’s probably way to sensible for the Illinois politicians to act on. Tis more the pity.
Read the continuation for the overall recommendations.
Building Our Economy: Transportation for a New Illinois Recommendations
Become an Innovative Leader in Transportation
Create an Illinois Transportation Advisory Commission
Set measurable goals and objectives; report on the results of investments
Reduce the private costs of transportation
Design a transportation system that supports the tourist economy
Reduce petroleum use by promoting alternative fuels and setting emissions standards
Make Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) full partners with IDOT; fund the MPOs
with a share of capital dollars
Coordinate land use decisions with transportation investments
Aggressively protect our position as a leading center of air transport
Extend broadband access throughout Illinois
Provide direction to local governments on achieving transportation goals
Promote connected street networks, walkable communities and mixed use developments
Make Transit a State Priority
Reform, integrate and adequately fund metropolitan Chicago transit to double transit use
Expand metropolitan transit throughout the state to meet each region’s unique needs
Provide the residents of rural Illinois with on demand transit options
Provide a dedicated source of capital for transit; make the road fund a transportation fund
Create a reliable passenger rail system to connect metropolitan areas
Remove the funding biases that favor cars over transit
Promote Our Position As Freight Center of North America
Create an Illinois Freight Authority to invest in goods movement infrastructure
Prepare a comprehensive freight plan for Illinois
Stimulate investment in freight centers throughout the state
Promote policies that will enable rail to carry more of the freight load
Develop truck-only corridors and shared intermodal terminals to reduce congestion and
Increase Investment in our Transportation System
Double the state motor fuel tax and annually adjust it for inflation; use it for all
Make counties responsible for township roads
Expand the use of tolling and variable pricing throughout the state
Use innovative financing techniques that are available but rarely used
Authorize and promote the use of public-private partnerships
Enact design-build legislation