Welcome to Connecting Cook County, the County’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) website.
Since we began the process of developing our LRTP earlier this year, we have seen significant public response through our outreach mechanisms. As we go into the heart of summer, we want to provide an update on what we continue to see as the importance of this project.
It is my firm belief that good economic policy and good transportation policy go hand in hand: Cook County’s economy will not improve unless we invest in our transportation system with that goal in mind.
As a region, we haven’t kept pace with the nation or our peers on the key economic measures of job growth, per capita income and unemployment. While transportation improvements won’t single-handedly reverse these trends, they are a key reason why businesses choose one location over another.
The same holds true for residents who are demanding more transportation choices when deciding where to live. Rapid transit and commuter rail service must meet their travel needs by connecting to important destinations, running frequently and being convenient and dependable enough that the decision to use them is a foregone conclusion.
Cook County is expected to add more than 560,000 new jobs and more than a million people between 2010 and 2040. Ultimately, how and where we invest will play a significant role in determining whether these projections will be realized.
Only with your involvement can we ensure a course of action that benefits Cook County and its residents for decades to come. I continue to encourage everyone—whether you live here, work here or own a business here—to stay connected by visiting this website and registering for e-mail alerts.
Toni Preckwinkle, President
Cook County Board of Commissioners