Category Archives: Infrastructure

Quality of Infrastructure is a Top Deal Maker or Breaker Says 2014 ULI Infrastructure Report

ULI PRESS RELEASE VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (April 9, 2014) – The quality of infrastructure systems—including transportation, utilities, and telecommunications—is the most important factor influencing real estate investment and development decisions in cities around the world, according to a survey of public sector and private sector leaders conducted by the Urban Land Institute and EY.  The findings are included in the Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City report, released this week at ULI’s 2014 Spring Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read Full Release

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America In 2013, New ULI Report on Where and How Americans Want to Live

ULI PRESS RELEASE SAN DIEGO (May 15, 2013) — A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) underscores the influence that growing demographic groups in the U.S. – in particular Generation Y, African Americans, and Latinos – will have on reshaping urban growth patterns by spurring more development of compact, mixed-use communities with reliable, convenient transit service. America in 2013, released during ULI’s Spring Meeting this week in San Diego, is based on a nationwide survey of 1,202 adults conducted between January 16 and February 3, 2013. It includes … Read More

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Chicago’s Union Station “Project to Watch” According to New ULI Infrastructure Report

New global report from the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young highlights the critical role of local and state governments in meeting US infrastructure requirements ULI PRESS RELEASE SAN DIEGO (May 16, 2013) – State and local governments in the U.S. are leading the way in delivering infrastructure projects against a backdrop of budget constraints and an ongoing lack of consensus about future investments by the federal government, according to Infrastructure 2013: Global Priorities, Global Insights, a joint report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Ernst & Young. … Read More

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Game Changing Infrastructure on the Move: Elgin-O’Hare Bypass Approved

Highlighted as one of 22 ‘Game Changing’ infrastructure projects by the ULI Chicago Infrastructure Initiative, the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass has secured federal approval and will move to construction in Spring 2013. The Bypass project, coupled with expanded capacity and modernization at O’Hare, will have catalytic development potential and land use implications for the corridors and communities west of O’Hare. Attend the ULI Chicago Airport Program on February 8th to learn more Read Elgin-O’Hare Western Access project clears last federal hurdle, Crain’s, 1/23/13 Read U.S. Department of Transportation Gives Final Approval for … Read More

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New ULI Publication Examines Creative Use And Adaptation Of Infrastructure To Support Compact Development

ULI PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON (December 18, 2012) – Successful strategies for creatively using and adapting infrastructure to support more dense development in America’s suburbs are highlighted in Shifting Suburbs: Reinventing Infrastructure for Compact Development, a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The report focuses on the growing trend for suburbs to be redesigned and redeveloped to be more people-oriented than car-dependent, offering more options for walking, cycling or using public transit to get from one place to another. With the U.S. population anticipated to grow by 95 million … Read More

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Computer models show congestion pricing’s benefits for metropolitan Chicago residents and region

Report and website feature new Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning analysis that reinforces the need to implement “express toll lanes,” starting with five new GO TO 2040 expressway projects  CMAP PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO (October 15, 2012) — For individuals and the region, new computer-modeled analysis by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) describes significant benefits of congestion pricing, which uses “express toll lanes” to manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times. If it were implemented on five new construction projects, express-lane drivers during the morning rush would reach their … Read More

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Progress on the Elgin-O’Hare Western Bypass

The Elgin O’Hare Western Bypass (EOWB) was identified as 1 of 22 Game Changing Infrastructure projects by the ULI Chicago Infrastructure Committee. ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Committee found the $3.4 billion project, labeled a “Project of Regional and National Significance” by the latest federal transportation authorization bill, has the potential to substantially affect the land use in and around the corridor, simulating mixed-use development opportunities including retail, hotel, office, commercial, residential, and open spaces, and economic development benefits far beyond the project’s immediate impact area. Read the latest news on the … Read More

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Bus Rapid Transit: Next Stop, Chicago Exhibit Opened June 1, 2012

ULI Chicago is a co-sponsor of the Chicago Architecture Foundation exhibit Bus Rapid Transit:  Next Stop, Chicago which opened on June 1.  The exhibit coincides with Chicago’s debut of a bold plan for giving public transit riders a speedier and smarter way to ride: Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). By combining cutting-edge technology with specially-chosen routes, BRT promises to make Chicago a more connected city. In a region where annual congestion costs over $7 billion in fuel, time, and pollution, investing in rapid and reliable public transit is essential. The exhibition … Read More

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Chicago pioneers a new way of paying for infrastructure

May 12, 2012 – The Economist – Chicago isn’t waiting for a national infrastructure bank but has started their own, the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT). Read full article

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Infrastructure 2012 Highlights Innovative Solutions At State, Regional, Local Level; Points To Impact Of Recession On Infrastructure Funding Worldwide

ULI PRESS RELEASE Washington (May 9, 2012) – Constrained public budgets and a growing recognition at the local level of the importance of infrastructure— combined with lack of action at the federal level—are causing states, regions and cities across the U.S. to seek innovative infrastructure approaches and solutions. Local governments are utilizing a range of strategies, including ballot measures taken directly to the public, increased utilization of technology and pricing, and public-private partnerships, according to Infrastructure 2012: Spotlight on Leadership, released today by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Ernst … Read More

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