Planning

The vision for transportation in Illinois is for all modes to be integrated, coordinated, planned, and built with the idea that present and future travel options are user focused, economically supportive, and ecologically sensitive.

All IDOT plans are designed to provide progressive and action oriented frameworks for Illinois’ transportation system. Plan policies provide a framework to guide the sustainable development of an integrated system that is safe, efficient, and reliable, and one that enhances quality of life and supports the economic prosperity of the state.

Long Range Transportation Plan

Long Range Transportation Plans Suite The primary purpose of the Illinois Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is to provide strategic direction for the development of the Illinois transportation system. The LRTP vision for transportation in Illinois is to provide innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow Illinois’ economy. This vision was established in conjunction with thousands of stakeholders who participated in outreach activities throughout the planning process, as outlined in Appendix A, Public Involvement Activities.


IDOT is required to complete a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) every five years, per state legislation. The LRTP provides strategic direction for the development of the Illinois transportation system. The LRTP vision for transportation in Illinois is to provide innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow Illinois’ economy. The LRTP has been created and is ready for public review.  Please review the documents and provide input by May 16, 2018.



Rail PlanState Highway Safety PlanTransit Plan Bike Transportation PlanITS ArchitectureTransportation Asset Management PlanFreight PlanLong Range Transportation Plan

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

Statewide Planning & Research funds are used to support planning and research activities. The funds are used to establish a cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive framework for making transportation investment decisions and to carryout transportation planning and research activities throughout the State.

Eligible activities include:

  • Planning studies
  • Data purchase, collection, and/or analysis
  • Research activities
  • Program development activities
  • Performance management activities
  • Coordination/outreach activities

As part of the release of the LRTP, we are also completing a call for projects for Statewide Planning and Research Funds. These funds are eligible to internal and external parties. Statewide Planning & Research funds are used to support planning and research activities. The funds are used to establish a cooperative, continuous and comprehensive framework for making transportation investment decisions and to carryout transportation planning and research activities throughout the state. 

IDOT will evaluate proposed projects based on the following criteria:

  • Studying or implementing a goal strategy or objective within the state's Long Range Transportation Plan or one of the Department's associated plans.
  • Implementing a performance based program development process.
  • Implementing asset management.

SPR Call for Projects Resources

Schedule

April 13, 2018 - Call for Projects Opened

April 24, 2018 - Webinar 2-4 p.m.

May 16, 2018 - Applications due 11:59:59 CDT

July 1, 2018 - Awards Announced

Modal

2012 Long Range Transportation Plan

  • Illinois State Transportation Plan (2012): The most recent LRTP provided IDOT with an overarching strategic framework for the future direction of transportation in Illinois. Preserving the value and usefulness of the State's past investments in highways, transit, airports, waterways, railroads, and trails remains a daunting task for IDOT. Focus was placed on preserving the value and usefulness of the State’s past investment while also enhancing the system with a particular interest in safety, sustainability, movement of freight, multi-modal interconnectivity, human capital investment, increased services in intercity rail and public transportation and improved bike-pedestrian infrastructure.

For more information on the IDOT 2012 LRTP please refer to the Illinois State Transportation Plan page.

Bike Plan

  • Illinois Bike Transportation Plan: Completed in April 2014, the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan is Illinois' first ever attempt at fully examining the robust and ever growing bicycle system across Illinois and proposing new policies that will further integrate bike travel across the state and address current barriers to bicycling as a viable method of transportation. Learn more about the Illinois Bike Transportation Plan initiative and our progress!

Freight

  • 2017 Illinois State Freight Plan: The 2017 Illinois State Freight Plan was developed in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act guidelines, signed into law in December 2015.  Over 1 billion tons of freight was moved to, from, or within Illinois in 2014 and that freight was valued at nearly $3 trillion.  This is done through Illinois’ multimodal network that includes highways, waterways, rail, and air.  The freight plan provides further data and analysis on the movement of these goods.  It identifies major freight corridors and bottlenecks on Illinois’ system.  The Department is currently working on a Call for Projects to use the freight formula funds established under the FAST Act.  Selected projects will be added to the finalized freight plan.
  • Illinois Competitive Freight Program: The efficient movement of goods and services is central to what makes Illinois the transportation hub of North America. IDOT is seeking project proposals for a new competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. Applications are due April 6 for up to $225 million in National Highway Freight Program funds to be distributed through 2022.
  • Freight Mobility Plan: Completed December 2012, the Freight Mobility Plan examines the current state of freight in Illinois and the ways in which the transport of goods through the state might be improved. This plan is now being updated to meet new federal requirements under FAST Act. IDOT is working with the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council to update the existing plan.
  • Illinois State Freight Advisory Council: Formed in September 2013, IDOT established the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council (ISFAC) to provide a standing forum for coordination of freight multimodal planning in the State of Illinois in order to enhance the benefits of every mode, improve intermodal connection, and sustain the State’s position as the primary freight hub of the United States.

Intelligent Transportation

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Strategic Plan: IDOT is presently updating the Illinois Statewide Architecture and Strategic Plan and looking at regional ITS architectures throughout the State. This project is coordination with IDOT’s District offices, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs). The project will assess the current use of ITS in Illinois and recommend approaches to enhance the integration and deployment of ITS for future generations.
    Please view the ongoing effort to update the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Strategic Plan here: https://ilitsupdate.net/.

Rail

  • 2017 Illinois State Rail Plan Update: The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input on its 2017 Illinois State Rail Plan Update which was developed in accordance with Section 5 of the Transportation Act and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA).  The Plan explores the current passenger and freight rail infrastructure in Illinois, ways the system can be improved, new possible routes, and what IDOT can do to further connections between rail and other modes.  

    Illinois has the second largest rail system in the nation, second only to Texas.  Illinois is the center of the nation's rail network, and Chicago represents the largest U.S. rail hub in North America.  The 2017 Illinois State Rail Plan Update's system highlights include the Chicago-St. Louis high speed rail corridor, the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program, and a number of station improvements.  Please review the document and provide comments using this form.   Public comment will close on February 23, 2018.  

Transit Plan

  • Transit Plan: The Illinois Transit Plan is complete, and can be accessed here. The Transit plan will be integrated into the Long Range Transportation Plan This will allow for greater connectivity in the development of the LRTP between the various transportation modes. The Transit section of the LRTP will be utilized to implement policies designed to increase resident and visitor mobility through greater transportation choices and improved connectivity among transportation modes. It will develop goals and policies for public transportation throughout Illinois.

Other Plans

  • Human Capital Plan:Completed in June 2014, the Human Capital Plan looks at the current transportation workforce in Illinois and suggests new and exciting methods of meeting the ever growing need for transportation sector workers, both inside the agency and out.
  • Safety:Every five years, IDOT, in partnership with key safety stakeholders, develops a State Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). With a goal to eliminate all fatal and serious injury crashes on Illinois roadways, this plan includes comprehensive and coordinated safety strategies that cover engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services.

All Hazards

  • All-Hazards Transportation System Vulnerability Assessment: IDOT developed a statewide inventory and vulnerability index of all state-owned transportation assets. The index takes into account the importance of the asset, its condition, and the assets geographic location in relation to potential hazards. This will help the department to prioritize maintenance, fabrications, and major capital projects with relationship to man made and naturally occurring hazards. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, only the executive summary will be published.
  • Storm Water Management Plan: The Illinois Storm Water Management Plan is designed to eliminate storm water runoff during construction.