FOX 32 News Special on Transportation: Chicago at the Tipping Point

Downtown Chicago is a magnet for corporate offices and service industries to support them, which results in a huge workforce getting to a small space every day.

More than 600,000 people travel to work in the city each day. Many more jobs are spread out in the suburbs, which presents a separate commuting challenge. The total Chicago-area workforce is 4 million people. That's a lot of moving parts during rush-hour.

Chicago's ability to move people and products efficiently will determine its ability to move our jobs and economy into the future. Transportation means business.

A massive worldwide urbanization is underway. By the year 2030, 60 percent of the world's population is projected to be living in cities. Chicago has a chance to capitalize on it. We're projected to be the only region in America that grows into a "megacity" – a region with more than 10 million people - joining New York and L.A.

A growing population is good, if it can be accommodated in sustainable ways. Congestion is a threat. It wastes time and fuel, hurts our environment and it makes us a less attractive place to live and do business. The financial cost of our excess congestion is estimated at $7.3 billion per year.

FOX 32 News explores solutions to local traffic and congestion issues – like public transit - in a Special Report on Transportation: Chicago at the Tipping Point.


Mike Flannery: Better transportation will put unemployed to work

Robin Robinson: Chicago transit improvements would convert more drivers

Craig Wall: Reverse commuters add to congestion between city, suburbs

Dane Placko: RTA overhaul may improve Chicago area transportation

Larry Yellen: Illinois bridges may become dangerous down the road

Lisa Chavarria: More Chicago area residents choose to live without cars