Call for Local Projects
Planning assistance and grants for local projects that implement GO TO 2040 are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications. Applications are due Wednesday, June 26 at noon. An informational session was held on May 15, and the presentation is available on-line. Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible.
CMAP Receives National Planning Excellence Award
At the 2013 American Planning Association (APA) National Conference in Chicago, CMAP received the National Planning Excellence Award for a Planning Agency. Learn more about the award from a short video and article in APA's Planning magazine. Congratulations to all the other APA awardees, and thanks to the many CMAP partners who helped our region earn this special honor.
Congestion pricing: good for residents and region
An editorial by the Chicago Tribune highlights the benefits of CMAP's proposal to implement congestion pricing on two new facilities -- the Illinois Route 53 north extension and Illinois Route 120 bypass and the Elgin-O'Hare West Bypass -- plus new lanes on the I-90 Addams Tollway, the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway, and the I-55 Stevenson Expressway. See www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing/ for details of how express toll lanes help manage traffic for faster, reliable travel times.
Livability report examines benefits of CTA Red Line South Extension
Extending the CTA Red Line south to 130th Street would significantly improve access to job opportunities, educational institutions, health facilities, and other resources for Greater Roseland residents, as described at cmap.illinois.gov/red-line in a livability report and video developed by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program in collaboration with the Developing Communities Project (DCP) and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
CMAP issues Freight Cluster Drill-Down report
A CMAP "drill-down" report analyzes freight, one of the Chicago region's strongest industry clusters. It identifies key challenges and opportunities regarding infrastructure, workforce, and innovation, which will influence the cluster's growth. Read more at our Policy Updates blog.