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CMAP Media Tip Sheet

December 18, 2013

This tip sheet briefly summarizes newsworthy activities of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Reporters should contact Justine Reisinger (312-386-8802 and jreisinger@cmap.illinois.gov) or Hillary Green (312-386-8619 and hgreen@cmap.illinois.gov) for more information.

Regional freight leadership task force explores rail, trucking needs

At the direction of the CMAP Board, a new Regional Freight Leadership Task Force will study institutional and governance issues related to goods movement in northeastern Illinois. The group began meeting in October 2013 and will provide a final report to the CMAP Board in June 2014. CMAP has established three guiding principles for how the U.S. Department of Transportation can use and improve its draft Primary Freight Network, which was released in the Federal Register last month for public comment through January 17, 2014.

Proposed national pilot program is consistent with GO TO 2040 emphasis on user fees to fund transportation

As described in a CMAP Policy Update, a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would charge drivers a fee based on actual miles driven, rather than on fuel consumption as with the current motor fuel tax. The Road Usage Fee Pilot Program Act of 2013 would provide $30 million in competitive grants to establish pilot programs that collect and report miles driven, determine payment, provide enforcement, and ensure privacy.  GO TO 2040 calls for a long-term replacement of the motor fuel tax with user fees, such as a fee based on vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), that more accurately connect revenue collections to drivers' use of the transportation system.

Relaunched CMAP website features improved access to information

The new agency website includes features that allow users to access and share CMAP analysis, reports, and other information. Content is categorized to reflect the agency's work plan, with sections that include Livability, Mobility, Economy, and Data. Drop-down "mega menus" allow users to easily reach different sections and featured content.  Policy, Weekly, and Legislative Updates can be searched, browsed, and saved by topic.  The calendar of CMAP and other events is also easier to use.

Community Snapshots now include Chicago Community Areas

Also new to the CMAP website is a set of Community Data Snapshots for the 77 Chicago Community Areas summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use. The easy-to-print PDFs are grouped on the web both alphabetically and by county.  Snapshots for the region's 284 municipalities and seven counties were made available in October.

Residents can provide on-line input for community development projects

Residents and stakeholders can provide feedback via on-line surveys for a number of current CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program projects.  These include a development regulations update for the Village of Park Forest (expires December 29), a comprehensive plan for the Village of Lyons (expires December 31), the first comprehensive plan for the Village of Rosemont since 1977 (expires January 15, 2014), a Kedzie corridor plan for Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood (expires mid-January), a multimodal transportation plan for the University of Illinois at Chicago (expires January 31), and the Planning for Progress initiative for Cook County (expires late January, also available in Spanish).

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About CMAP

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the comprehensive regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. By state and federal law, CMAP is responsible for producing the region's official, integrated plan for land use and transportation. The agency's innovative GO TO 2040 planning campaign develops and implements strategies to shape the region's transportation system and development patterns, while also addressing the natural environment, economic development, housing, education, human services, and other factors shaping quality of life. See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information.

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