RESOURCES

The following organizations offer transportation information for the northeastern Illinois region. The description provides an overview of the type of information each website offers.

COMMUTER INFORMATION

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. www.amtrak.com

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides bus and ‘L’ service in Chicago and nearby suburbs. Their web site provides routes, schedules, fares and connections as well as information on Ventra Cards. www.transitchicago.com

Metra is one of the nation’s premier commuter rail systems. Their web site provides information on fares, schedules, stations, connecting services and tickets. Take Metra commuter trains to access Shuttle Bug service and avoid winter driving hassles. With about a 98% on-time performance rating, Metra provides a reliable, safe, and economical alternative to driving. Get service updates via email and buy your ticket online with a credit card. www.metrarail.com

Pace Suburban Bus provides route, schedule and fare information on suburban bus service. Information is also available for all of the Shuttle Bug routes that provide connecting service between Metra stations and area employers. Bus Tracker can provide commuters real time travel information on buses. www.pacebus.com and www.pacerideshare.com

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) provides a commuter trip planner to provide commuters with information on which buses or trains to take. www.rtachicago.com

Ventra, is a convenient new payment system for the CTA and Pace. Customers can easily manage their accounts online. www.ventrachicago.com

PROJECT AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Chicago Department of Transportation website offers news, real time traffic information and weekly bulletins. www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot.html

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has jurisdictional authority over 557 center line miles of highways. View an interactive map of current construction activity on the County's highways. www.cookcountygov.com

Illinois Department of Transportation provides statewide motorist travel information and weather conditions. www.gettingaroundillinois.com

Illinois Tollway provides construction updates and information on I-PASS usage. www.illinoistollway.com

Lake County Department of Transportation designed PASSAGE which is an Intelligent Transportation System designed to provide motorists real time traffic congestion information due to crashes and construction events.  www.lakecountypassage.com

Travel Midwest provides travel time information for expressways and tollways in the Chicago area as well as southeast Wisconsin and northeast Indiana. www.travelmidwest.com

Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers travel, traffic, and transit information. www.511wi.com

ADDITIONAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCIES

Active Transportation Alliance’s mission is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel.  www.activetrans.org

Chicago Metropolitian Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.  www.cmap.illinois.gov

Illinois Partners for Clean Air is a non-profit coalition dedicated to bringing cleaner air to the Chicago metropolitan area. It unites businesses, organizations and individuals all committed to reducing harmful emissions and improving air quality.  www.cleantheair.org

Lake County Transportation Alliance (LCTA) is a public-private advocacy group created to raise awareness and build consensus on development and implementation of short and long-term transportation goals and objectives in Lake County, Illinois.  www.lcta1.com

U.S. Department of Transportation is the federal agency that manages, funds, and administers national transportation programs such as highway, safety, transit, freight, and air travel. www.dot.gov