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2018 Illinois Sustainable

Transportation Platform
Illinois’ next governor and general assembly have an capital funds to public transit, and state operating
opportunity to transform the state’s transportation funds for transit have been cut several times
network to better meet the needs of today’s residents in recent years.
and future generations. People across the state
We call on the next governor and general
are demanding more transportation options, and
assembly to:
employers recognize the value of locating in walk-,
bike- and transit-friendly communities. This is • Restore operations funding for transit agencies
critical to ensuring Illinois remains a place people in the Chicago region that was cut in 2017
choose to live. budget agreement
– Reverse 10 percent cut in the Public
Public investments in walking, biking and transit
Transportation Fund
projects have proven to enhance the safety, health,
sustainability and equity of Illinois’ communities at – Eliminate 2 percent fee for local governments
a significantly lower cost than traditional roadway that cost Chicago-area transit agencies
projects. Studies show building infrastructure like $24 million annuallyy
sidewalks, trails and bike lanes creates more than • Include a new Bike-Walk Fund in the state budget
10 jobs for every $1 million invested – about 50 with a target annual appropriation of $50 million in
percent more than car-only road projects. state funds (approximately 2 percent of the overall
State officials must build upon this momentum annual IDOT budget), in addition to federal funds
and work together to make it safer, easier and available for walking and biking
more affordable to get around without a car in • Sign an infrastructure bill with sustainable
cities and towns statewide. revenue sources dedicated to transit, biking and
walking projects – including at least 40 percent of
Active Transportation Alliance is a non-partisan
transportation funds for public transit projects
member organization that does not endorse
candidates for public office. The mission of Active – Any new revenue should go through a
Transportation Alliance is to promote walking, performance-based planning and
bicycling and public transit to create healthy, evaluation process
sustainable and equitable communities.
The following platform is intended as an educational
resource to inform the public and candidates for
state office about current priorities and opportunities
for improving walking, biking and public transit, as CONTEXT: Illinois policy frequently prioritizes the
identified by our members, supporters and staff. swift movement of cars above more cost-effective,
equitable and sustainable modes of transportation
and the safety of all road users. Implementation of
the state’s Complete Streets law – designed to protect
and encourage walking, biking and public transit – has
CONTEXT: Unlike many of its state department of encountered problems and has not been adequately
transportation peers, the Illinois Department of reviewed and updated since its 2010 policy adoption.
Transportation (IDOT) currently sets aside a very
limited amount of state-generated funds and the
minimum required level of federal funds in support
of walking and bicycling. Illinois contributes no annual
We call on the next governor and general CHAMPION TRANSFORMATIONAL
assembly to: PROJECTS
• Reform IDOT project development processes to CONTEXT: The state’s transportation investments
prioritize the safety of nonmotorized users and over the next four years will shape how Illinois
always include biking and walking facilities in state residents get around for decades and affect the
transportation projects where there is need health, equity and sustainability of our communities.
• Reform IDOT policies to support building more and Experience in Illinois and across the county shows
better biking and walking facilities on state routes investments in walking, biking and public transit
carry greater long-term benefits at lower costs than
• Revise state roadway design manuals to encourage creating more space for cars.
designs that slow traffic to safe speeds in areas
with high numbers of people walking and biking We call on the next governor and general
assembly to:
• Eliminate requirement for local governments
to provide matching funds for Complete Streets • Develop a state policy that prioritizes lasting,
features like sidewalks, pedestrian refuge islands cost-effective congestion relief and alternatives to
and bike lanes on state routes driving, including better public transportation and
rush-hour demand management strategies, rather
• Direct IDOT to conduct an evaluation of the than highway expansion
implementation of the state’s Complete Streets
– The planned expansion of I-294, I-290 and I-55
policy, filling gaps in pedestrian sidewalk and
would spur more travel that eliminates congestion
intersection design policies and analyzing the
relief over time and create more traffic on local
equitable distribution of facilities in low-income
streets, while providing a small increase in transit
ridership at best. These plans should be canceled
• Allow for spot biking and pedestrian improvements in favor of strategies that will provide lasting
as part of street resurfacing projects congestion relief and significant increases in
public transit ridership.
• Sign legislation requiring Illinois public schools
to incorporate biking and walking education into • Advance a vision for the planned reconstruction
physical education or health curricula of North Lake Shore Drive and other major roadway
construction projects that reduces single occupancy
• Direct IDOT to fill the vacant statewide bicycle policy vehicle trips through the corridor
engineer position and create a pedestrian policy
engineer position – Create a new transit corridor on North Lake
Shore Drive with its own dedicated lanes
• Implement outstanding action items from the – Enhance the newly separated Lakefront Trail
state’s 2012 bicycle plan, including: and upgrade access points with more space
– Develop a system that prioritizes projects with and lighting
Complete Streets improvements in the multi-year
planning process
– Establish a bike planning program fund for local
communities, especially low-income
– Establish a transportation equity working group Active Transportation Alliance
at IDOT with a focus on increasing and improving 35 E. Wacker Drive
transportation options in communities of color Suite 1782
and low-income neighborhoods Chicago, Illinois 60601