Message from President Preckwinkle:
Nine months into our Long Range Transportation Plan, Cook County is at a crossroads: Do we continue the narrow focus of concentrating only on the roads and bridges under our jurisdiction, thereby diverting resources away from broad-based transportation investments? Or do we think more expansively, with an eye to the movement of people and product, growth and economic vitality?
Because we don’t have a crystal ball to see the future, four scenarios have been developed that build on an approved Vision Statement and draft Goals and Objectives. These scenarios paint a picture of what our transportation and economic situation might look like in 25 years given different levels of funding and varying policies, programs and investments.
The first scenario—Running on Empty—represents what I inherited when taking office in 2010. The second—Stuck in First Gear—reflects where things currently stand with some improvements in funding and a broader portfolio of transportation investments that takes into account demands of the private sector. The third and fourth scenarios are aspirational and are designed to test public interest in the different outcomes that each yields—knowing that the most far-reaching scenario, All Aboard, comes with a higher price tag.
I urge you to take the Connecting Cook County survey by clicking here. Tell us what transportation improvements matter most to you. Then see how your priorities fare under each of the scenarios and score them. You can also provide input at one of our upcoming Open Houses in December (View our flyer in English or Español for dates and locations). The decisions that Cook County makes at this critical juncture will have far-reaching consequences for residents and businesses well into the future. Public input is essential to development of our Long Range Transportation Plan. Help shape that future by sharing your perspective.
Toni Preckwinkle, President
Cook County Board of Commissioners