Moving at the Speed of Congestion: The True Costs of Traffic in the Chicago Metropolitan Area

August 5, 2008

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MarySue Barrett, president of the Metropolitan Planning Council.

It's no secret that traffic in metropolitan Chicago is bad and getting worse. What most people do not realize is just how much this traffic is costing them – and our region. At this event, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) will release its latest report quantifying the actual costs of congestion to the city and suburbs – broken down by county, economic sector, and mode of transportation. The report, Moving at the Speed of Congestion, stems from a study commissioned by MPC and conducted by HDR Decision Economics, in association with Alex Anas, PhD, professor of economics, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Panelists include: Paul Nowicki, Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs, BNSF Railway, Chicago; MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council; Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Paul O'Connor, former head of World Business Chicago; Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Reporter, Chicago Reporter.

This event is co-hosted by the Chicago Reporter, a publication of the Community Renewal Society, and Chicago Public Library, with generous sponsorship provided by Bombardier.

 

Recorded Tuesday, August 05, 2008 at Chicago Public Library.