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 AND OTHER AGENCIES

Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) is an international association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management (TDM). Commuting by bus, train, rideshare, bike, walking, or telework improves our world by contributing to energy independence, better air quality, livability, mobility, and reduced congestion. Through advocacy, education, and networking efforts, ACT strives to improve the lives of commuters, the livability of communities, and the economic growth of businesses.  www.actweb.org

Chicago Metropolitan 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

Chicago’s North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau (CNSCVB) is the area’s official destination marketing organization as certified by the State of Illinois’ Office of Tourism. Representing the municipalities of Evanston, Glenview, Northbrook, Prospect Heights, Skokie, Wheeling and Winnetka, our mission is to bring regional, national and international business and leisure visitors to the area for the economic benefit of our member communities and their hospitality-related businesses.  www.visitchicagonorthshore.com

DBR (Deerfield Bannockburn Riverwoods) Chamber of Commerce began in 1925. Serving businesses and residents is the number one priority. Promoting a closer relationship between business and the community is inherent in the DBR Chamber of Commerce's charter. The Chamber and its members are dedicated to making our villages the best possible place in which to live, shop and work. The Chamber is an advocate of business and serves as its voice in the community.  www.dbrchamber.com

Illinois EPA safeguards environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.  Illinois EPA works to safeguard the state’s natural resources from pollution to provide a healthy environment for its citizens.  By partnering with businesses, local governments and citizens, Illinois EPA is dedicated to continued protection of the air we breathe and our water and land resources.  www.epa.illinois.gov

Lake County Partners is an economic development corporation that works to maintain economic vitality and quality of life in Lake County, Illinois by attracting, retaining and expanding businesses, creating and retaining quality jobs, stimulating capital investment, pursuing economic diversity and improving the County's business climate.  Lake County Partners website is www.lakecountypartners.com

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

Northbrook Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for the business community for more than 50 years. The organization offers a wealth of programs and services ranging from monthly networking programs and advertising opportunities, to professional development and member-to-member discounts. The Chamber is organized to advance the interest and serve as the voice of the commercial, industrial and retail communities of the Village of Northbrook and its trade area. The Chamber remains sensitive to the civic and social interests of the community.  www.northbrookchamber.org

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

Visit Lake County is the official tourism bureau for Lake County, Illinois.  No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun. Discover great dining, plentiful shopping, relaxing hotels and exciting attractions along your journey. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway, fun-filled day trip or family vacation, there is so much to experience in Lake County beyond the expected. So jump in the car, grab your bike, hop on the train. No matter how you choose to get here, you're sure to enjoy fun and adventure along the way in Lake County. www.visitlakecounty.org