Message from President Preckwinkle:
The most recent phase of Connecting Cook County, our long range transportation planning process, asked you to tell us what transportation choice means to you and what kind of future you see for our region. Nearly 1,500 residents answered the call and urged us to embrace and improve upon the many forms of transportation that crisscross our region.
Past investments in transportation established the Chicagoland area as a national and international destination as well as a commercial center by cultivating travel and the shipment of goods utilizing water, rail, mass transit, air and expressways. By the 1950’s, and with the growing popularity of the automobile, our Department of Transportation and Highways along with the rest of the nation started to focus almost exclusively on infrastructure that supported the automobile. However, life in the 21st century demands we challenge longstanding notions and assumptions, and that we take a fresh look at how transportation supports communities and helps build and sustain their economies.
We are shaping a bold new vision that adds freight and public transportation policies and investments to a portfolio that already includes roads, bridges, sidewalks and bike paths. As part of this vision, Cook County commits to a new direction, one in which it strategically deploys the full scope of its staff and financial resources, policy decisions and partnerships to enhance its position as a desirable place to live and conduct business.
With your feedback, we have been able to move closer to a draft transportation plan for public review and discussion. I thank you for your opinions to date and ask that you stay involved with us -- and once again answer our call when we unveil our draft plan.
Toni Preckwinkle, President
Cook County Board of Commissioners