2017 Was a Busy Year for LCTA!
The LCTA Board refined its purpose and vision and took action to advance many transportation initiatives that will sustain and enhance Lake County's high quality of life. Click here to see where we've been and where we are going.

Share Your Thoughts on Paratransit in Lake County
You're invited to attend one of 4 open houses in Lake County to weigh in on local transit issues, starting on January 23rd. Click here for a list of meeting details. 

Revisit the 2018 Annual Meeting Presentations
Click here to see the presentations delivered at our 2018 Annual Meeting by expert panelists Joe Iacobucci, Ron Henderson and Elizabeth Irvin.

The Daily Herald Covers Our Annual Member Meeting
We held our annual meeting on October 18th to give our members insight into changing transportation trends. The Daily Herald covered the event, noting our mind shift to a broader, multi-modal approach. 

Draft Waukegan Port District Master Plan Now Online
If you missed the recent public meeting, you now have an opportunity to review the draft Waukegan Port District Master Plan online & learn about goals for the waterfront here.

LCTA Writes a Letter to the Editor of Chicago Tribune Regarding Safe Roads Amendment
October 27, 2016

"The Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune recently called upon voters to turn down the Safe Roads Amendment on this year’s ballot in favor of letting lawmakers restrict their own spending activities on a self-imposed, as-needed basis. It certainly goes without saying that, in an ideal situation as laid out in the editorial, elected officials would adhere to the budget each year and only spend funds as allotted. Yet, as the Editorial Board accurately points out, this is not the case in Illinois where, 'state and local governments have regularly skimmed that money to cover other expenses.'” 

Click here to read the full letter.

Over 75 percent of Lake County Residents Support the Extension of Route 53/120
October 20, 2016

A year ago today, We Ask America conducted a phone survey of 923 Lake County residents to gauge support for the extension of Route 53/120. 75.2 percent of respondents approved of the extension, 17.6 disapproved and 7.2 percent were unsure.

Click here to read the press release.

Mayor of Hainesville Linda Soto Details the Vast Amount of Support That Remains for 53/120
October 14, 2016

Linda Soto, Mayor of the Village of Hainesville, Pace Director of Lake County and Board member of the LCTA, wrote  a letter detailing the vast amount of support that still remains for the extension of IL Route 53/120, including the support of 40 mayors and village presidents and 40 letters submitted by businesses, organizations, municipalities and elected officials. 

Click here to read the full letter.

LCTA President Suzanne Zupec Supports the Safe Roads Amendment
October 5, 2016

"In May, both the Illinois House and Senate approved the Illinois Safe Roads Amendment with overwhelming bipartisan support, and the proposed policy reform will be on the ballot this November. This important amendment would ensure that public funds intended for transportation are spent on transportation by putting all revenue raised through the state’s motor fuel tax, tollways, licenses and vehicle registration fees into a protected fund known as a “lockbox”—a guarantee that’s urgently needed in the state of Illinois."

Click here to read the full letter of support. 

Route 53 Extension Gains Momentum
January 5, 2016

The Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the IL Route 53/120 project. The move follows four years of diligent work by a broad group of government, business and environmental leaders in Lake County to advance the project.

Click here to read the full article. 

Aaron Lawlor and Steve Park Discuss Route 53
December 2, 2015

Lake County Board Chair Aaron Lawlor and Lake County Transportation Alliance Executive Director Steve Park discuss the Route 53 extension plans, the process, and how to pay for it. 

Click here to view the video.

Vernon Hills Considers $20M Incentive to Develop Rt. 21/60 Corner
November 18, 2015

The pending pact with Regency Centers for the northeast corner of Routes 21 and 60 would be more than the combined total of seven previous sales tax incentives the village has offered to attract businesses such as Mariano's.

Click here to read the full article.

LCDOT Opens 5th Roundabout in Lake County
October 23, 2015

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) has opened the new roundabout at River Road and Roberts Road. This is the fifth roundabout in Lake County. While there is still finishing work to do on the project, the roundabout is now open to motorists.

IL Rte 53 Engineering and Environmental Studies
August 18, 2015

The proposed IL Route 53 project in Lake County is contained in CMAP’s GO TO 2040 Regional Comprehensive Plan and is the highest among all priority projects in its beneficial effect on region-wide congestion. Not only will the new road provide significant congestion relief for Lake County and the region, reducing travel time up to 30 percent for some trips, it will also unlock economic development by connecting Lake County to employment centers in Schaumburg, O'Hare International Airport, and downtown Chicago. It will also serve as a catalyst for economic development, opening up tremendous opportunities for new office, industrial, residential, and retail.

The Illinois Tollway has led an effort along with CMAP, Lake County elected officials, as well as committed citizens from the business and environmental communities to make progress on consensus for how to move this project forward. This work has included a Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee (BRAC), a Finance Committee and an on-going Land Use Committee.

Further details regarding the project can only be answered by engineering and environmental studies. The LCTA, on August 14, 2015, approved a resolution requesting the Tollway Board to move forward with these studies.

Click here for information on the IL 53 Project.

Click here to see the detailed resolution.

Congress Okays Another Patch to MAP-21
August 12, 2015

On July 31, 2015 Congress passed another short-term extension of MAP-21, the federal program that provides transportation dollars to states, localities and transit agencies, good through October 29, 2015. The Senate had passed a six-year bill (the DRIVE Act) albeit with only three years of guaranteed funding. The Senate put aside its bill in accepting the House’s “temporary patch.” 

Interestingly enough, the House patch has enough funding authority to get surface transportation programs through December 18, 2015… Is another extension in our future?

Click here for the MAP-21 story.