Fueling Chicago’s Economic Growth
The strength of Chicago’s economy rests on its vast transportation network and the region’s future prosperity depends on the maintenance, modernization, and expansion of the system. Since its founding, the Civic Committee has recognized the importance of our interconnected set of transportation resources and has actively supported strengthening them.
In 2017, the Civic Committee formed a Transportation Task Force of 20 area executives to provide focus to our transportation policy and project priorities. The Task Force works with public officials and transportation stakeholders to promote its vision of an integrated transportation system that supports the Chicago area’s economic prosperity, protects our environmental assets, and fosters the well-being of all who live here.
The Task Force’s work is grounded in four key principles:
The Task Force is currently supporting two key transportation projects and two policy initiatives in 2019:
The Civic Committee continues to promote the completion of the O’Hare Modernization Program and the successful implementation of the $8.5 billion terminal rebuilding project.
In 2018, the Civic Committee helped support a successful $132 million federal grant request to jumpstart the first phase of the 75th Street CIP. The Transportation Task Force supports the completion of the 75th CIP and other critical CREATE projects to bring improved passenger rail operations and increased efficiency and capacity to our nation’s freight system.
The Civic Committee supported work done by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to adopt performance management in 2017-2018 and continues to work with other stakeholders to require all recipients of transportation revenues to adopt performance-based programming processes.
The Civic Committee Transportation Task Force supported the creation of and participated in the City of Chicago’s New Transportation and Mobility Task Force, chaired by former U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. The task force’s report is the first attempt by the City of Chicago to comprehensively consider new mobility options and set out a timeline for study, piloting, and adoption of emerging transportation technologies.
The Civic Committee’s Transportation Task Force supports its project and policy priorities by working with a diverse set of stakeholders and interests to create policies, funding, and actions that move these priorities ahead. The Task Force is currently building coalitions with business, labor, environmental, and planning groups to promote smart federal and state policies that meet the vision and principles the Task Force was created to bring about.