The O’Hare International Airport is a vital element of transportation, connecting the Chicago region with the rest of the world. Despite its already massive size, the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP) recognized its need for continued growth and evolution to ensure that it can continue operating with greater congestion levels, without delay. This is in response to projections indicating a 42% increase in flight operations to nearly 1.4 million by 2030.
OMP utilized the REMI model to understand and measure the economic impact of ground transportation improvements based on two future scenarios. The first scenario accessed improvements in the ground transportation of Western Access, Western Bypass, Irving Park Road, other roadway projects, and airport expansion and visitor spending impacts. The second scenario entails modest capital improvements, which did not include runway reconfigurations or new terminal additions. The model measures the economic contributions attributable to the OMP and other related ground transportation improvements.