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A Transportation Platform for Chicago’s Next Mayor

After Rahm Emanuel, the city’s new leader could build a national model for an equitable transportation system. Here’s how.
We see you, Rahm. But Chicago hasn't seen enough meaningful progress on transit, experts argue.
We see you, Rahm. But Chicago hasn't seen enough meaningful progress on transit, experts argue.Paul Beaty/AP

Chicago’s upcoming mayoral race—newly wide-open because of the decision of Mayor Rahm Emanuel not to run for reelection—is an exciting opportunity to advance changes that produce a more livable city. That’s a goal that surely every candidate would sign on to.

Key to livability is transportation. Safe, accessible, and frequent systems of mobility should be the link between our city’s residents and jobs, education, and recreation. Making access easier for Chicagoans is an opportunity to expand economic development and reduce our notorious segregation.