Transportation Programs in Jeopardy

As part of Evanston’s priority based budgeting exercise for 2019, residents will soon be asked to complete a survey to identify their Top Ten and Bottom Ten among 54 programs that scored low on prioritization by City staff of 152 programs. The first seven programs below are clearly transportation and/or mobility related; the last two may impact events that have an active transportation component, like Bike the Ridge or Streets Alive.

  • 50/50 Sidewalk Program

  • Recreation Center Bus Program

  • School Crossing Guards

  • Divvy Bike Share Program

  • Subsidized Taxi Cab Coupon Program

  • Bike Infrastructure Maintenance

  • Revenue & Collections - Wheel Tax

  • Special Event Support

  • City Sponsored Special Events

Staff is still in the process of providing short descriptions and associating costs with each of the programs. When that information becomes available, Go Evanston will attempt our own prioritization of the transportation related programs for your consideration in making your own decisions on the survey. The survey is targeted for release on May 10 and will be open until June 7.  

We do find it curious that Sustainability Programs made the higher priority cut and will not be part of the survey process. We would consider any program that involves encouraging walking, biking, transit or transportation equity to be a sustainability program.