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Illiana Toll Rd Vote Ahead in Illinois

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Chicago planners are taking another vote today on the Illiana Expressway. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's policy committee will consider whether or not to include the proposed 47-mile tollway linking I-65 in south Lake County to I-55 in Illinois in the Go To 2040 plan, a long-term development plan for Chicagoland, an important step in getting federal funding for the estimated one-point-three-billion-dollar project. C-MAP board members voted ten-to-four against it last week.
Meanwhile, the Active Transportation Alliance, a non-profit transportation advocacy group, is urging Metra and PACE, to reverse their yes votes supporting the construction of the Illiana. The group says two more transit agencies, CTA and RTA, abstained from voting, and transit agencies are cheduled to vote again in a final, binding vote today (Thu Oct 17).
Supporters of the project say the highway would reduce congestion on other highways in the area.
In early September, the Metropolitan Planning Council, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of business and civic leaders in the Chicago area, announced it was opposed to including Illiana in Go To 2040, contending the highway does not "demonstrate signfiicant transportation or economic benefits in exchange for high and uncertain costs".
In Northwest Indiana, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) has four open houses scheduled next month on the proposed highway. NIRPC has votes scheduled in December on whether or not to include the project in its 2040 plan, which pushes it forward for federal funding.
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