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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 destinations 31 to 66 percent quicker, at a modest additional cost.

The CMAP study looks at five expressway projects as recommended by the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. These include two new facilities — the Illinois Route 53 north extension and Illinois Route 120 bypass and the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass — plus new lanes on the I-90 Addams Tollway, the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway, and the I-55 Stevenson Expressway. Today CMAP issued the report at a new website, www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing/, to demonstrate the need for congestion pricing as a tool to manage traffic and help pay for infrastructure improvements.

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Read more about the Elgin-O’Hare West Bypass named a regionally significant¬†infrastructure project by the ULI Chicago Infrastructure Initiative

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