CNT In the News

Digging one fiscal hole to fill another hasn't worked—and it won't work now

Crain's Chicago Business | April 23, 2015

CNT President and Co-Founder Scott Bernstein’s op-ed in Crain’s Chicago: Illinois’ current budget “fix” raises the cost of living, reduces revenue sharing to cash-strapped local governments, could jeopardize matching funds from the federal government and increases the likelihood that state borrowing costs will increase over the long run. The current budget “fix” does to infrastructure what we did for years with pension costs—delays making needed investments for the future. We must find the revenue to maintain basic infrastructure if we are going to be a place worth living and doing business in.

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DIY Home Improvement

Mighty House Radio | February 28, 2015

Harriet Festing, director of CNT’s RainReady Program is a featured speaker on the syndicated radio talk show about how our research is changing perceptions about urban flooding on a national scale. 

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CTA predicts ‘significant negative impact’ on public transit in Rauner budget

Chicago Sun-Times | February 18, 2015

CNT's CEO Kathy Tholin says Governor Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts to transit is bad for commuters, bad for business, bad for Illinois.

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Ashland Express Bus an 11th Ward Flashpoint, but Candidates Mum on Stance

DNAinfo Chicago | February 13, 2015

A plan to transform a 16-mile stretch of Ashland Avenue from Irving Park Road to 95th Street into a "Bus Rapid Transit" system would be a huge change for neighborhoods within the 11th Ward — but candidates running for office there refuse to say where they stand on it. 

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Transportation group releases guide for voters

WBEZ | February 11, 2015

CHICAGO – The Active Transportation Alliance released a survey from leading candidates in the mayoral race and from aldermanic candidates to show how they value travel by foot, bus and train. 

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How Do “Best Cities for Families” Rankings Get It So Wrong?

Streetsblog | February 10, 2015

OHIO – CNT has an excellent resource, the H+T Index, demonstrating how transportation expenses can quickly increase the cost of living even with inexpensive housing. The standard model of 30% of income being dedicated to housing is insufficient. A family in an urban walkable community spending 40% of their income on housing and a transit pass is in far better shape than the family dedicating 50% (or more) of their income to housing and transportation, even if housing only accounts for 30 percent.

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