Federal regulations require the metropolitan planning organization to assume a greater role in improving traffic safety. CMAP is required to plan and program transportation funds for meeting safety targets that are set annually by the state department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization. One way to achieve this is to incorporate safety performance as a higher priority in transportation project selection for federal funds, ensuring that this vital aspect of transportation receives adequate consideration.

To have a data-driven approach to improving traffic safety, crash data need to be available in a timely manner. Annual state crash data have typically been released about nine months after the end of the year, but recently it has taken longer for IDOT to provide this data to the various agencies that need crash records for their analysis. It can be especially difficult to quickly observe whether safety improvements are working. Three years of data are typically required for analyses, which may take five years to obtain after an improvement.

Action 1

Work together to hasten data availability through electronic reporting and improved data definitions and standards.

Implementers

CMAP and partners

Action 2

Continue to develop and share data-driven crash analyses highlighting safety initiatives that communities can implement to make their roads safer for all users.

Implementers

CMAP and IDOT

Action 3

Track implementation of state Strategic Highway Safety Plan strategies in the greater Chicago area, identify barriers, and develop methods to address them.{{Illinois Department of Transportation, “Illinois’ Highway Safety Plan 2018,” June 2017, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/Assets/uploads/files/Transportation-System/Reports/Safety/HSP/Illinois%202018%20Final%20HSP.pdf.}}

Implementers

CMAP

Action 4

More thoroughly incorporate safety benefits in projects for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, Transportation Alternatives Program, and Surface Transportation Program funding.

Implementers

CMAP