Cook County Seeks Input from Residents on Regional Transit Policy and Projects
Cook County’s Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH), under the leadership of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, is seeking input from residents on the County’s first-of-its-kind transit plan. DoTH launched a survey this morning to ensure residents transit needs are adequately captured as part of the planning process.
The Cook County Transit Plan builds on existing efforts of regional transit agencies, as well as the County’s Long Range Transportation Plan and focuses on equitable investments, boosting ridership and increasing seamless transit operations throughout the region. Although Cook County does not operate transit systems like Pace, Metra or CTA, it supports transit through funding, public and private partnerships as well as policy recommendations.
Public engagement is an important part of the overall planning process for the Cook County Transit Plan. The County is asking survey respondents to prioritize seven different strategies being considered by the County as part of the planning effort. The County seeks to understand which of the strategies will have the greatest positive impact on residents’ quality of life and their experiences on transit.
“This is a milestone moment for our County,” said DoTH Superintendent Jennifer “Sis” Killen. “We have a great opportunity to make strategic, equity-driven investments in transit that benefits riders across the County.”
The online survey asks participants to share demographic information, review each of the strategies and rank them using a points system. The results will inform where the County will make future transit policy and program investments.
The survey is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Polish and Spanish. Other public engagement efforts included feedback sessions held in 2021 and early 2022.
Residents can take the survey at www.cookcountytransitplan.com/survey or access it through the transit plan website at www.cookcountytransitplan.com. The survey is open to responses through Sunday, May 1, 2022.
While Cook County continues to be the hub of an enormous transit network, shifting population, employment patterns, auto-centric design of buildings and infrastructure have resulted in a significant decline in overall ridership. Further, the long-term impact of remote working, online shopping and social networking due to the pandemic need to be considered.
The three main goals of the Transit Plan are to:
- increase ridership
- increase seamlessness of service between transit providers
- address the needs of the most transit reliant communities
The planning process includes a market assessment, a data-driven assessment of potential capital and policy strategies as well as ongoing advising under a Technical Advisory Council.
For more information about DoTH, visit their website.