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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-15-15

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CMAP meetings recap.  The CMAP Board met on Wednesday morning with an agenda that included Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and state legislative updates, along with a summary of federal transportation reauthorization activities (see related item below).  The Board also received our draft FY16 Budget and Work Plan, which will be considered for approval at their next meeting on June 10, 2015.  Earlier on Wednesday, the Local Coordinating Committee met, hearing about LTA activities such as resilience and stormwater management planning, the Kane County Planning Cooperative, and the current joint call for projects (see more below under Reminders).

MFT alternatives.  There is growing consensus that a long-term replacement is needed for the motor fuel tax (MFT), as recommended by GO TO 2040.  A Policy Update summarizes the new CMAP issue brief that analyzes possible alternatives such as mileage-based user fees, a motor fuel sales tax, and registration fees.

Federal transportation update.  The House appropriations markup that was released on Wednesday has negative potential impacts on our region, as described in a Crain's story by Greg Hinz, who quoted CMAP's Tom Kotarac. Another federal transportation issue in the news is positive train control (PTC), which some are saying could have prevented this week's deadly Amtrak accident in Philadelphia.  Joe Szabo of CMAP spoke about PTC to Reuters, NPR, the New York Times, CBS, and Daily Mail.

Other News and Announcements

TIFs for transit.  As described in Streetsblog Chicago, Illinois SB0277 would enable tax increment financing (TIF) districts located near transit stations in the city of Chicago.  Our state legislative agenda points out that CMAP encourages innovative approaches such as "value capture" to leverage transportation investments.

Statewide transportation.  Prompted by release of the Illinois Department of Transportation Multi-Year Program, the Chicago Tribune's Jon Hilkevitch described concerns about diminishing State of Illinois resources to maintain roads in our region and others.

EMSI.  Economic Modeling Specialists International held its second regional user event last week in Chicago, and their recap featured presentations that include CMAP's Brian Peterson's overview of our regional economic indicators microsite.

CMAQ in the news.  Several projects funded through the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program were featured in the news this week. Streetsblog Chicago and WTTW covered the Divvy expansion, while the Chicago Tribune described a possible helmet vending machine program for Divvy users. The Red Eye previewed the Bloomingdale Trail (aka the 606) and the Chicago Architecture Blog described progress on the Navy Pier flyover.

Community parkland.  Evanston Now described the amount of parkland within the City of Evanston using data from the CMAP Community Data Snapshots.

Soles and Spokes.  The National Cooperative Highway Research Program issued a report on research results for developing design guidance for channelized right-turn lanes. We also highlighted the FHWA released a new Statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook to help departments of transportation develop or update state pedestrian and bicycle plans.

Axelson symposium.  The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is hosting its annual symposium on June 22, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency (151 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago), from 8:00 a.m. to 5:40 p.m. Program topics include breaking down organizational silos, responding proactively to environmental changes, selling impact with data, and a special program track for C-Suite leadership. Save $15 on registration with discount code CMAP15.

Local Technical Assistance

A May update for all LTA projects is available.

The Kane County Chronicle described the Kane County Leaders Summit and CMAP's Drew Williams-Clark discussed Homes for a Changing Region reports at the event.


Call for projects info session.  An informational session will be held at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago) on Tuesday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. for the RTA Community Planning and CMAP LTA, and Cook County Department of Health Healthy HotSpot programs. RSVP by Monday, May 18, to Erin Aleman ( or 312-386-8760). See for details and applications, which are due Thursday, June 25, at noon.

Infrastructure tour.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced its statewide infrastructure listening tour.  Whether or not you can attend, please take a moment to read CMAP's capital program principles.

FUND 2040.  Support our proposal to fund 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. 


2016 Call for Projects Informational Session
May 19, 2015
2:00 p.m.
CMAP: 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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Harvard Visioning Workshop
May 20, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Harvard Diggins Library: 900 E. McKinley St., Harvard
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IAFSM Stormwater Utility Seminar
May 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CMAP: 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago
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Global Cities Driving the Global Economy
May 27, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Pritzker Pavilion: 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago
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TMA of Lake-Cook Annual Meeting
May 29, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Baxter Healthcare: One Baxter Parkway, Deerfield
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