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Cook County Transportation Plan

July 25, 2016

Last week Cook County, Illinois released its first long term transportation plan since 1940. Connecting Cook County advocates for increased investments in transportation, equal access to transportation and places an emphasis on car-free transit.

Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, emphasized the leadership role the agency should play in the report’s introduction: "It’s time Cook County not only had a seat at the table, but also played a leadership role in creating a modern transportation system that meets changing consumer needs and responds to the demands of a twenty-first century economy" The report highlights five policy priorities that will shape the County’s work on providing transportation services.

These include prioritizing transit, promoting equal access to opportunities and increasing investments in transportation. This connects well with the strengths of CrossRail Chicago. CrossRail would promote equal access to opportunities by providing an affordable and convenient way for south side/suburban residents to reach the economic centers downtown and around O’Hare. The project would require a large investment, but would transform rail transportation throughout the County and strengthen the County as a regional rail hub.

We are excited by the priorities outlined in the plan and look forward to the County taking a leadership role in the process of implementing this vision.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Articles We Enjoyed:

Off the Rails: Why High-Speed Train Service has Failed to Gain Traction in the US
"Getting people from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible is the basic goal of mass transit, and, generally speaking, faster is better. Much of the world, however, is far outpacing the United States in high-speed rail adoption. "

Talgo Train Sets Indian Rail Speed Record
"A locomotive-hauled Talgo variable-gauge train set a new Indian rail speed record on July 13, reaching 180km/h during trials on the Mathura - Palwal section of the Agra - Delhi line."

Chunchon - Sokcho Line Approved
“South Korea: The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport announced on July 11 government approval for the construction of a 94 km railway between Chuncheon and Sokcho in the northeastern province of Gangwon.”

Airplanes vs. Bullet Trains: The Race is on in Texas
"Fifty years ago, Southwest Airlines revolutionized regional air travel. Now another Texas-based business is launching a counter revolution on the ground—and the carbon savings could be huge."

Upcoming Events:

Brown Bag Lunch with Stephen Bonina, Executive Vice President of Stadler Trains

When: Tuesday, July 26, Noon-1:00pm

Where: DePaul University, 14 East Jackson Blvd, 16th Floor - Dublin Room, Chicago, IL

Cost: The event is free but please make sure to register here

2016 MHSRA Annual Fall Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Marco Stegher, Americas Area Manager, Italferr S.p.A.

When:      Friday, September 16, Noon-1:30 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30 AM)

Where:     Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Cost:         Regular Ticket: $55     Student Ticket: $20

Register Here

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625