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January 9, 2015
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CMAP Weekly Update, 1-9-15

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CMAP meetings.  The MPO Policy Committee met this week, and the CMAP Board will meet next Wednesday, January 14, at 9:30 a.m. The Regional Coordinating Committee will meet prior to that meeting at 8:00 a.m.  

Implementation report.  The new GO TO 2040 implementation report describes, in poster form, progress made in the past year.  These look great on walls across the region, so request free copies from Joey-Lin Silberhorn (jsilberhorn@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8814).  

CMAQ and TAP call for projects.  Today CMAP released a call for projects for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  Before submitting applications to CMAP, local sponsors (municipalities, park districts, forest preserve districts, etc.) must have their application reviewed by the appropriate Council of Mayors planning liaison by February 13, 2015.  The final deadline to submit all applications to CMAP is March 3.  Local sponsors should direct questions to their planning liaison, and all other sponsors should contact Doug Ferguson (dferguson@cmap.illinois.gov).

Infrastructure funding.  Raising the federal and state motor fuel taxes to support transportation infrastructure improvements was suggested in Crain's Chicago Business.  Sen. Dick Durbin is also saying it is time to increase the gas tax, as described in Politico.  CMAP's state legislative agenda supports increasing the motor fuel tax by 8 cents and indexing it to inflation.  The agenda also highlights the proposed FUND 2040, which would help modernize our region's transportation, water, and open space infrastructure.  I discussed the proposal with Chicago Magazine.

Other News and Announcements

Water 2050 Regional Forum.  CMAP, in partnership with MPC, will convene a series of Water 2050 Regional Forum discussions throughout 2015.  The first meeting will be held on January 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. at CMAP offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago).  An agenda for the January 15 event is now available, and attendees are encouraged to review the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Action Plan in advance.  To RSVP or receive email notifications, contact Tim Loftus (tloftus@cmap.illinois.gov).

CMAQ in the news.  Streetsblog Chicago described the recent progress on the Bloomingdale Trail (aka The 606).  It also highlighted plans for expansion of the Divvy bike sharing program.  Both projects are partially funded through the CMAQ program.

Soles and Spokes.  The Federal Highway Administration has released a new guide on road diets, a design treatment that can be used to address safety, operational, and quality-of-life considerations.  We also featured a CityLab article on the negative effects of overly wide traffic lanes.

Workforce data.  Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) recently blogged about CMAP's O'Hare Subregional Freight-Manufacturing Drill Down Report and regional economic indicators site, both of which use EMSI data to examine the region's workforce. CMAP's Brian Peterson was interviewed.

Illinois business climate.  A Crain's article on business attraction and movement between Illinois and Indiana highlights CMAP analysis of relocation data.

Suburban transit.  The Daily Herald described our region's suburban transit options.  CMAP's Elizabeth Schuh is quoted discussing the importance of increasing transit ridership through improved access.

Community trees program.  The Morton Arboretum is sponsoring events related to its Community Trees Program in January.  "Transportation Corridors and Trees Workshop: Reliable and Green Infrastructure" will be held on Wednesday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Schaumburg.  For more information and to register, contact Lydia Scott. "Expand Your Planting Budget" will be held on Tuesday, January 27 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Lake County Forest Preserve District (1899 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville).  Contact Andrea Dierich to register.

Local Technical Assistance

Residents in the West Pullman neighborhood are invited to share their input on the 119th Street Corridor Plan at a community workshop on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kroc Center (1250 W. 119th Street, Chicago).

The Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville will host a public visioning workshop for the development of a corridor plan for the Fox River on Wednesday, January 21 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Carpentersville Public Works Building (1075 Tamarac Drive).  Read more in the Daily Herald.

The Village of Lyons will host a public open house for its draft comprehensive plan on Wednesday, January 28 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Lyons Municipal Center (4200 Lawndale, Lyons).

Journal & Topics
 and Daily Herald, as well as a community post in the Chicago Tribune, described a $251,000 grant from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Program that will be used for the renovation of Apache Park.  The grant will help implement recommendations from the Des Plaines Apache Park Neighborhood Plan.

The Riverside-Brookfield Landmark described efforts to connect Riverside's downtown with its riverfront, including the extension of a walking path along the Des Plaines River as part of the implementation of the Riverside Central Business District Plan.  These efforts are supported by the newspaper's editorial board.

The Kane County Chronicle highlighted a current LTA project to rewrite the subdivision and zoning ordinances in Campton Hills.  This project will help implement portions of the community's comprehensive plan, developed with LTA support.


FUND 2040.  Get involved in the coalition to support regional infrastructure improvements for transportation, water, and open space.

Congestion pricing.  Learn more about the regional effort to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around.



Water 2050 Regional Forum
January 15, 2015
10:15 a.m. to noon
CMAP:  233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by CMAP and MPC
More information

West Pullman 119th Street Corridor Plan Community Workshop
January 15, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Kroc Center:  1250 W. 119th Street, Chicago
Hosted by CMAP and the Far South Community Development Corporation
More information

Fox River Corridor Plan Visioning Workshop
January 21, 2015
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Carpentersville Public Works Building:  1075 Tamarac Drive, Carpentersville
Hosted by CMAP, Village of Algonquin, and Village of Carpentersville
More information

Building Resilience:  Mega-storms, Mega-regions, Mega-plans
January 27, 2015
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council:  140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago
Hosted by MPC
More information

Lyons Comprehensive Plan Open House
January 28, 2015
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lyons Municipal Center:  4200 Lawndale, Lyons
Hosted by CMAP and the Village of Lyons

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