Business Partners Transportation Coalition of Lake Forest, Mettawa and the Surrounding Communities
Introduction: BPTC Shuttle description
The Business Partners Transportation Coalition (BPTC) is made up of representatives from companies in close proximity to the Rt. 60 and I 294 interchange.
This team is working with Lake Forest and Mettawa, state and local officials, PACE/Metra and other public transit entities to review transportation and develop solutions to ease travel and workplace issues that will arise due to construction and expected growth in our immediate area.
This BPTC was initially developed as a sub-committee of the Conway Park Owners Association (CPOA), and originally only included businesses in the Park. The purpose was to help the business of the Park develop some strategies to deal with the effects of the pending three-year road construction season -- much of which will take place literally at the gates to our business parks -- as well as the expected doubling the employee population in our immediate area over the next few years.
We quickly realized that other area employers could benefit from this cooperative effort, and began to garner the support and participation of additional area businesses: HSBC, Grainger, CDW, and Abbott Nutrition at OPUS
Activities and Achievements:
Below is a recap of the activities and results achieved:
Business Partner Transportation Coalition formed with representatives from Conway Park and Route 60 corridor businesses; meetings held at least on a monthly basis
Created Stuck On Sixty Website (www.stuckonsixty.com), to act as central repository for information, updates, and resources; over 50,000 visitors to date
An extensive zip code mapping and analysis was conducted by CMAPS of all the employees from the BPTC businesses; study indicated that the vast majority were coming from the northwest suburbs
A multi-company commuter survey was created and distributed to several organizations to get data that identified traffic patterns, concerns, and suggestions; more than 3,000 people completed the survey
A CEO/Senior Executives meeting was held in June 2007 to communicate the construction situation and request support and funding for a northbound Tollway access as an alternate exit to the park
Christopher Burke Engineering was selected as the firm to draft plans and design the Tollway access ramp
Various meeting were held with representatives from state and local government to get buy-in, approval and support for the Tollway access; this included Senator Susan Garrett, Representative Kathy Ryg, Bob Kiely from the City of Lake Forest, and many others from Mettawa, Green Oaks, Vernon Hills, and Deerfield
Several meetings were also held with various road and transportation agencies such as the IL State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and the Transportation Management Association of Lake-Cook (TMA) to establish cooperation and commitment during the construction
BPTC worked with CPOA Directors to determine funding for the alternate access and to secure the land; special thanks to TAP and Field Partners for arranging for the required easements on their land to accommodate the project
Burke, LLC was retained to build the access ramp; the $2.5 million project was built in just 90 days, and was completed ahead of schedule and under budget
Lake County Sheriff’s police were hired to direct traffic at Field Ct. and Field Dr. to ensure safety and keep cars moving during peak hours
Signage was installed to direct eastbound traffic to Field Ct. to reduce the bottleneck at Field Dr. during rush hour
A private shuttle carrier (Olson Transportation) was hired to provide service to the the East and West Lake Forest METRA train stations.
Worked with other organizations to secure and actively promote the new Sunrise Express train run from Chicago to the Lake Forest East allowing Chicago residents employed in Conway Park to get to work by 7:00am
A sub-committee collaborated with Lake Forest High School and Little Scouts day care to provide close proximity day care for employees at the Lake Forest West campus
HR Executives from the group met regularly to discuss and implement communication plans, internal task forces, and alternate work arrangements, including telecommuting and flexible work hours for employees
We are participating in the City of Lake Forest’s “Forest Green Transit Study” to identify effective solutions to reduce congestion, combat gas prices and support “green options” for public transportation, improve connecting services between commuter rail and bus service at the two Metra railroad stations located in Lake Forest while improving public transit in Lake Forest generally
An on-line survey was conducted to gather feedback from the community. Input from Lake Forest residents, employees of local businesses and students attending Lake Forest colleges were critical to the success of this study.
Barrier Safe solutions
Chicago Bears Football Club
Conway Park Owners' Assoc.
HSBC North America
Jones Lang LaSalle (OPUS)
City of Lake Forest
Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
TAP Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Trustmark Insurance Company
Village of Mettawa
W. W. Grainger