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CMAP Weekly Update 5-12-17

Freight snapshot released

The metropolitan Chicago region is our nation's premier freight hub. 

A new CMAP snapshot report explores major trends and issues facing the regional freight system.  It describes our vast multimodal freight network and its economic impacts, as well as the infrastructure needs and local regulatory challenges posed by goods movement.

Did you know?  Approximately 25 percent of all freight trains and 50 percent of all intermodal trains in the U.S. pass through metropolitan Chicago.  Trucks account for about one in seven vehicles on the urban Interstate highways in Illinois, and some facilities in metropolitan Chicago carry more than 30,000 trucks each day.  The region is also home to one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing air cargo hubs and the only direct maritime connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.  And industries that rely on freight collectively represent more than one-quarter of jobs in the region and add more than $158 billion to the regional economy each year.

Read the freight snapshot

What if more people choose walkable, mixed-use communities by 2050?

More than 120 people participated in a wide-ranging conversation about how to plan for increasing demand for walkable communities across the Chicago region at the second ON TO 2050 Alternative Futures Forum Series event, "Where We'll Live in 2050," on May 4 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. If you missed the event, read a recap or listen to an audio recording.  Streetsblog Chicago also covered it.

As described yesterday in a Daily Herald editorial, CMAP is continuing to explore Walkable Communities and the other four Alternative Futures during a public engagement campaign now through August.  We want to hear what you think via interactive kiosks, videos, workshops, forums, and an online survey, along with Twitter and Facebook using #2050BigIdeas.  CMAP will carefully consider all input while drafting ON TO 2050, the region's next comprehensive plan, which is scheduled for adoption in October 2018. 

Read more about walkable communities.

Planning in the news

Preparing for innovative transportation trends
NBC Chicago reported on how the Illinois legislature and others are preparing for innovative transportation, including autonomous vehicles.  Governing Magazine wrote about the positive effects driverless cars could have on mobility, air quality, and livability, but they cautioned about potential undesired outcomes in which only the rich can afford such vehicles or where sprawl, traffic congestion, and green-house gas emissions all get worse.

CMAP will be exploring these ideas and more as part of the Innovative Transportation Alternative Future in June, including at our next forum, "Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility," at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, at the Illinois Institute of Technology (3201 S. State St., McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Chicago).

CMAQ in the news
The Chicago Reader reported on the status of the Navy Pier Flyover project.  DNA Info reported on late fees accumulating as users exceed the allotted time on Divvy bikes. Both Divvy and the Navy Pier project are funded in part by CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

Berwyn zoning ordinance
My Suburban Life reported on the Berwyn Zoning Ordinance update, which was completed in partnership with CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.  A draft of the code is available.  Residents are invited to give feedback at a public open house from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on Saturday, May 13, at the Berwyn Police Department (6401 W. 31st St., Berwyn). 

FY 17 appropriations
On May 5, President Donald Trump signed a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund the federal government through the remainder of FY 2017.  The bill provides full funding available under Congressional spending caps, and provides full funding for transportation programs authorized under the FAST Act.  Read a CMAP Policy Update on the bill and its impact on agency priorities. 

Metra news
The Chicago Tribune reported on a $7.3 million plan to make over the Healy Metra station near The 606 trail. A groundbreaking for Romeoville's Metra station is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m.  The new station, at 135th Street on the Citgo Refinery property, will run on the Heritage Corridor line.

CMAP happenings

Call for Projects now open
The 2017 Call for Projects for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning programs is now open, with applications due by June 29. Download the program guide to see how your community can benefit.  A free, one-hour informational webinar will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  To attend, visit the RTA website at the start time and click on the "Call for Projects Live Meeting" button.  During the session, submit questions to  If you prefer to attend in person, RVSP to Michael Horsting ( 

FLIP deadline Monday
Monday, May 15, is the deadline to apply for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program.  FLIP is a free program for high school students across the region.  Students spend a week learning about urban planning, understanding civic engagement, and making their own voices heard. 
North Lawndale Planning Conference
Register now for the second annual Planning Conference hosted by CMAP and the North Lawndale Community Coordinating Council (NLCCC) on Saturday, June 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at DRW College Prep (931 S. Homan Ave., Chicago).  The conference will continue work on the North Lawndale Neighborhood Plan.  
Census workshop
CMAP will present its final U.S. Census workshop for the year, featuring poverty data, on Wednesday, May 17, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., at the CMAP office (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). Contact Jon Hallas (312-386-8764 or
ON TO 2050 public engagement
CMAP's public engagement this week included the agency's Human and Community Development Committee, the Chicago Wilderness Education alliance, legislators who attended CMAP's State Legislative Forum in Springfield, JGMA Architects, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  To schedule a workshop in your community or to include CMAP in your next local event, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802). 
TIP conformity public comment
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a special conformity analysis of GO TO 2040 and the FFY 2014-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for public comment.  The analysis incorporates the preferred alternative for IDOT's project on I-290 (the Eisenhower Expressway).  This analysis is part of the process for the Federal Highway Administration to issue a Record of Decision on the project.  Submit comments on the analysis and amendment by mail, email, or phone (312-386-8717) through Tuesday, May 30.

Around the region

Rail Supply Chain Summit
The 2017 Rail Supply Chain Summit, "Making Money with Intermodal," will take place Wednesday, June 14, at the Union League Club (65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago).  Keynote speakers include Clayton Harris III, executive director of Illinois International Port District; Peter Gilbertson, founder and CEO of Anacostia & Pacific Company; and Robert E. Martinez, vice president of business development and real estate at Norfolk Southern Corporation. Register at or


Berwyn Zoning Code open houses
Berwyn Police Department, Community Room
6401 31st St.
Berwyn, IL 60402
May 13, 2017
11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Census Workshop: Poverty Data
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
May 17, 2017
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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