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Prairie Stone Business Park's traffic projections for the year 2010 brought about a requirement to mitigate traffic impacts particularly at peak hours. This requirement was identified in the Economic Development Agreement (EDA) between Sears and the Village of Hoffman Estates dated in 1989. Transportation System Management (TSM) measures are required to reduce cars into the facility at peak hours.

"Demand Management" techniques such as variable work hours, telecommuting, ride-sharing and parking management has all been implemented in the business park. Augmenting the employer controlled programs are various public transit services including subscription buses, vanpools, shuttles and fixed route service, to and from bus and train stations, and park and ride operations.

The implementation and operation of these programs require a cohesive and focused effort which is being achieved through the Transportation Management Association (TMA). The TMA was established by Sears with the understanding that it would include all subsequent owners and developers within the business park.

Pace has become the public agency most involved with the TMA in providing transportation services to the Prairie Stone Business Park. They currently provide subscription bus service and van pools from various locations throughout the Chicago Metropolitan Area as well as fixed route service from the West side of Chicago and from the O'Hare CTA Station at River Road. In the packet is a sheet that identifies all the routes and buses that serve the business park.

Hoffman Estates Mayor, William D. McLeod, serves as the co-chair of the EJ&E Steering Committee which oversees the technical studies related to commuter rail service. The Prairie Stone TMA also serves on this Steering Committee. Metra recently proposed interconnecting the EJ&E Rail Line with a new rail line running along the I-90 Tollway (NW Transit Corridor Line). The cornerstone of these two rail lines will be in the Prairie Stone Business Park. This interconnection will allow easy transitions to O'Hare airport and into the City of Chicago and with communities and employment centers from Joliet north through Naperville, Aurora, West Chicago and Bartlett.

The Prairie Stone TMA maintains membership in various transportation organizations, including the Association for Commuter Transportation, Partners for Clean Air with the Illinois EPA, Business Leaders for Transportation, and the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce's Governmental Affairs Committee.

Only by providing a cohesive, cooperative approach to traffic mitigation in the Business Park can we continue to achieve the impressive results that have been achieved over the past decade. The transportation system developed and in use at Prairie Stone is unique in the Chicago Metropolitan area and is a significant point of differentiation in Prairie Stone Business Park marketing, particularly with Chicagoland area relocating firms.

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