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Research

The reports below outline some of CNT’s recent research on transit, transportation, and housing. For an interactive map of how transportation costs are impacted by location, see CNT’s Housing and Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index.

Rx for a Prosperous Region, makes a case for the benefits of expanding and updating Cook County’s outdated transit system. CNT analysis found that nearly a half-million people – roughly one-tenth of the entire population – face restricted mobility and limited access to all of the region’s jobs and amenities. Expanded transit would change that, opening jobs and opportunities to low and middle income Cook County residents. Published June 29, 2015 by CNT

Transit Deserts in Cook County, sheds light on holes in transit service, a result of regional growth not matched by commensurate transit expansion. The Chicago region’s hub-and-spoke transit system leaves many people stranded in the gaps. About 10% of Cook County’s residents live in transit deserts, leaving them with restricted mobility and limited access to all of the region’s jobs and amenities. Published July 10, 2014 by CNT

 
 
In Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century, CNT researchers evaluated the dynamics of the Chicago Region’s 367 fixed Metra and CTA rail stations and station areas between 2000 and 2010. Using the National TOD Database, a first-of-its-kind web tool developed by CNT that provides access to comprehensive information about more than 4,000 transit zones across the United States, researchers identified the transit zones that performed well: those that anchored vital, walkable communities that possess an affordable, high quality of life with minimal impact on the environment. While Chicago made significant investments in TOD during that time period, researchers found that peer cities (based on extensive transit system size) had more successful development of transit zones. Six case studies. Five recommendations. Published May 7, 2013 by CNT

 
 
The New Real Estate Mantra: Location Near Public Transportation was commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). The study found that although residential real estate prices dropped during the recession in the five regions studied (2006 to 2011 in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Francisco), average sales prices for residential properties within walking distance of a heavy rail, light rail, commuter rail, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) station outperformed the region by an average of 42 percent. Published March 21, 2013 by APTA.

 
 
West Cook County COD + TOD report lays out two interconnected strategies (cargo-oriented development and transit-oriented development) to generate economic development and preserve natural resources in the western suburbs of Cook County. Together, these strategies can be harnessed to mitigate suburban sprawl and take cars and trucks off the road.Published October 30, 2012 by CNT

 
 
Prospering in Place is a call to action that embraces the goals of the Chicago region’s GO TO 2040 plan and translates them into a place-based blueprint for prosperity. It shows how to restore location efficiency and create new jobs and economic vitality based on the region’s unique assets and advantages.Published February 16, 2012 by CNT 
CNT applied the Housing + Transportation Affordability Index to multifamily properties financed by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) from in the Chicago region. Safe, Decent, and Affordable: Transportation Costs of Affordable Housing in the Chicago Region reveals the average transportation costs in these locations and measures the degree to which residents enjoyed access to local amenities, regional jobs, public transit, and other elements of urban life.Published January 31, 2012 by CNT

 
 
 
Chicago-South-Suburbs2 Chicago’s South Suburbs: Smart Growth in Older Communities tracks CNT’s work in Blue Island and Harvey and discusses the regional partnerships that developed and attracted public funding for predevelopment — eventually creating a pipeline of viable projects that has drawn the attention of developers and investors across several states.Published March 9, 2011 by CNT