The Transit Future Campaign
Led by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), Transit Future offers a bold vision of what an expanded transit system in Cook County and the Chicago region could be. It is a vision of connectivity and opportunity, of potential and prosperity.
A dramatic investment in a modern, efficient, and reliable transit network is imperative to our global economic competitiveness. Our region needs a world-class transit network that effectively connects people with jobs, provides greater accessibility to goods and services, and lowers transportation costs.
An investment in transit gives residents greater mobility choices and integrates currently inaccessible neighborhoods and communities into the regional transportation network.
Transit Future calls for a new, dedicated revenue source for capital investments in transit.
Building a world-class transit system requires a steady, long-term investment. With more than $20 billion in potential projects that could expand and improve our system, there’s no time to wait.
Creating a local, matching revenue stream can unlock billions in federal and other funding for the kinds of transit projects that can make our region more livable, economically competitive, and environmentally sustainable.
Transit Future will work to ensure the Cook County Board of Commissioners is able to adopt a robust revenue source to fund the improvement and expansion of transit. This new revenue source will allow the County to take advantage of the America Fast Forward financing tools at the federal level.
THIS COULD BE COOK COUNTY’S LARGEST INVESTMENT IN NEW PUBLIC TRANSIT INFRASTRUCTURE SINCE 1947.
This investment could fund the construction of multiple new rapid transit train lines and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, significant improvements to existing rapid transit lines, and a modernization of Union Station into a multimodal gateway allowing riders to transfer seamlessly between commuter rail, rapid transit, buses, BRT, and intercity high-speed rail, greatly increasing connectivity across Chicagoland.
The transit lines, extensions, and service routes highlighted by Transit Future are intended to serve as inspiration for how we might better connect underserved parts of our region. While Transit Future does not prescribe specific projects or actions to transit agencies, our vision is informed by projects already carefully vetted by CMAP’s GO TO 2040 regional plan.
Projects such as the Red Line extension and modernization, arterial rapid transit along key suburban corridors and new north-south connectors along the lakefront, on the west side, and in the western suburbs are just a few of the priorities discussed in local communities. We need to take these projects from concept to reality to realize the benefits of our investments.
THE TRANSIT FUTURE CAMPAIGN IS EXCITING BECAUSE ITS BENEFITS WOULD BE ENORMOUS AND IT IS EMINENTLY WINNABLE.