Improved Transportation Options

RTA/CTA Transit Benefit Fare Program

The Transit Benefit Fare Program allows employees to pay for their transit rides using pre-tax dollars–up to $230 per month. Check with your employer to participate or encourage them to enroll in the program. (800) 531-2828, Mon-Fri 7a.m.-7p.m.;

Transit-Oriented Development

Homes, shops and jobs that are clustered near a transit stop encourage walking, biking and the use of other transit options. The City of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) are embarking on a collaborative process to promote transit-oriented development, which will multiply the benefits of transit improvements in terms of travel savings, jobs and community development. The City will also collaborate with Metra officials on transit-oriented development. Learn More >>

Bike 2015 Plan

Bicycling creates no pollution, offers exercise opportunities and is often the quickest way to travel. Chicago’s Bike 2015 plan sets aggressive goals and builds upon the extensive bike infrastructure already in the city, including more than 120 miles of on-street marked bike-ways, 35 miles of off-road bike paths, 11,000 bike racks, and a bike commuter station equipped with 300 bike parking spaces, shower/locker facilities, and bike repair facilities at Millennium Park. The Bike 2015 Plan has two overall goals: (1) to increase bicycle use, so that 5 percent of all trips less than five miles are by bicycle, and (2) to reduce the number of bicycle injuries by 50 percent from current levels. Learn More >>

Create Regional Rail Plan

Rail is the most efficient way to move freight, however, it currently takes trains the same amount of time to travel through Chicago as it takes to travel here from Los Angeles. The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra and the nation's freight railroads. A project of national significance, CREATE will invest more than $3 billion in critically needed rail infrastructure improvements and increase the efficiency of freight and passenger rail service throughout the region. Learn More >>

Car Sharing

Two car sharing programs operate within the City: I-GO>>and Zipcar>>. In November 2006, Chicago's City Council exempted all car-share companies from the City's Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax, a 6 percent transaction tax levied on the rental of vehicles in the city. The City actively works with residents, businesses, and City Council members to encourage the designation of car-sharing parking spaces in retail and residential districts and near Chicago Transit Authority train stations.

Air and Related Vehicle Travel

Air travel is critical to the economic development of the city and region. Through the O’Hare Modernization Program>>, extensive efforts are underway to reduce the negative environmental impact of these activities. Efforts include using more than 800 electric vehicles, installing electric power sources at gates (thereby reducing fuel burned by aircrafts’ auxiliary power units), and using biodiesel in parking lot shuttles.



Ecodriving practices are subtle changes in driving habits that can produce significant benefits, such as saving money at the gas pump and reducing CO2 emissions. On average, testing has shown that following ecodriving practices can save 15% of your fuel consumption. Continue reading or download this poster to learn more about the ecodriving practices.

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