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We promote Sustainable Transportation policy,
Zero Waste and a circular economy, address climate change from the energy demand perspective,
and teach and empower the next generation of Advocates.
For every $1 communities invest in public transportation, approximately $4 is generated in economic returns.
Every $1 billion invested in public transportation supports and creates more than 50,000 jobs
In the past five years, 77% of transit funding ballot initiatives were approved by voters across the country.
Transportation has now surpassed or is equal to
energy production as the #1 Greenhouse Gas emitter
Lake County, IL has both traffic congestion and is vastly underserved by public transit. We believe that there is a unique opportunity in Lake County to modernize our transportation system and create a more sustainable plan while positioning Lake County to be competitive in a 21st century economy.
“Transportation Demand Management”, or TDM, is one of the tools we recommend using to help relieve traffic congestion in Lake County.
This video from Mobility Lab explains what it is.
The Illinois Tollway is threatening to ruin our valuable wetlands, intact open spaces and quality of life in Lake County with the stunningly unaffordable Rt. 53/120 tollway extension. This is outdated 1950’s planning and a massive, urban-sprawl inducing plan which will eventually increase our traffic congestion. If not stopped, it would devastate property values, create increased health hazards and significantly compromise the quality of life for the people and businesses in the corridor.
We advocate for a more forward-thinking, efficient and cost effective plan that incentivizes cars off the road, preserves open spaces, increases access to public transit, modernizes our system and will position Lake County to be competitive in a 21st century economy.
Lake County, IL has both traffic congestion and is vastly underserved by public transit. We believe that there is a unique opportunity in Lake County to modernize our transportation system and create a more sustainable plan while positioning Lake County to be competitive in a modern economy. Rather than plow billions of dollars into a tollway extension that will bring even more traffic and degrade our communities, we have found many better, less expensive, quicker and sustainable alternatives. These include strategic road improvements at choke points, incentivizing shorter commutes, active transportation and Complete Streets planning, harnessing ride sharing to connect to improved mass transit, and transportation demand management (TDM) techniques such as businesses incentivizing their employees to live near work, enabling carpooling, flextime and telecommuting.
Our plan for a better transportation system for Lake County would include the following:
The over 50-year-old Route 53/120 corridor is a de facto intact open space corridor with highly valuable wetlands and ecosystems. Over the years, the corridor has been built up and zoning has been approved to put residential communities, schools, playgrounds and a hospital directly adjacent to the tollway corridor.
Every time the Rt. 53 proposal in Lake County has been defeated, it comes back again – over-and-over again – like a zombie, because the profiteers want to cash in. There is a huge opportunity cost to allow this corridor for an unaffordable, unachievable, political non-starter to remain “on the books”. Many, many projects in the vicinity of the corridor are pushed down on the list of priorities because of the false promises for this silver-bullet-cure for all of the county congestion woes.
Our goal, once the Rt. 53/120 proposal is defeated yet again, is to decommission the corridor so the good people of Lake County can move forward with modern, efficient and achievable plans to relieve congestion. We would like to see the extremely valuable and sensitive ecosystems and wetlands protected, keep the corridor non-motorized, create a corridor trail and let each village that has property in the corridor decide how the land should best be used.
Midwest Sustainability Group is a coalition partner with Active transportation Alliance in the Chicago River Trail Campaign.
Many world class cities have invested in developing waterfront parks and trails to connect residents with the myriad quality of life benefits they can bring, such as improved health, cleaner environments, and economic opportunity.
While Chicago’s lakefront park and trail system is second to none, the Chicago River has not yet reached its full potential as a community recreation and alternative transportation asset.
A continuous Chicago River Trail system would help meet this potential by transforming a neglected asset into a vibrant open space and active transportation corridor that will connect Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods to the river and to each other in a way they have never been before.
For more information: http://activetrans.org/our-work/bicycling/chicago-river-trail
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