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CMAP Weekly Update, 10-18-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of  yesterday's MPO Policy Comittee meeting, highlights on LTA projects including Homes for a Changing Region, Lake County efforts on supporting local food production, and Des Plaines River Trail Corridor plan, new entry in the GO TO 2040 Case Studies Library,  the release of the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force interim report, and a reminder to learn more about performance-based funding. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

First Off...

MPO Policy Committee recap. At yesterday's meeting, the MPO Policy Committee voted 11 in favor and 8 opposed, formally approving the proposed Illiana Corridor as an amendment to the GO TO 2040 list of fiscally constrained major capital projects.  According to federal law, the Illiana may now advance to completion of its Tier II Environmental Impact Statement.  The committee also approved 51 projects totaling $286 million through the FFY 2014-2018 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program.
 

Other News and Announcements

LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:

  • The Kane County Chronicle described a presentation to the St. Charles Planning and Development Committee and Housing Commission in support of the Homes for a Changing Region plan underway for the community, as well as Geneva, North Aurora, and Batavia, in partnership with Kane County, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and the Metropolitan Planning Council. Three public meetings, as well as an on-line survey, will be held for the plan's development in November. To learn more, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/homes.
  • Trib Local highlighted Lake County's work to implement recommendations from its two-year LTA project on supporting local food production.
  • The Chicago Tribune covered the effort to solicit public feedback on the Northwest Municipal Conference's Des Plaines River Trail Corridor Plan.

Case studies library. The City of Blue Island has taken many steps to implement recommendations from its comprehensive plan. Since the plan's adoption in 2012, the City has created a new zoning ordinance, completed an engineering study to evaluate the Division Street bridge, and began talks with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) about converting a one-way arterial into a two-way street. The City also received a grant from The Chicago Community Trust to assist with plan implementation and is hiring a new staff member to focus on related activities. Other completed LTA projects and local examples of plan implementation are featured in the GO TO 2040 case studies library. For more information, please contact Lindsay Bayley (lbayley@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8826).

Transit task force. The Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force released its interim report this week. Read more in at the Trib, Daily Herald, and Sun-Times.

CNU IL Charter Awards.  Applications are now being accepted for the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Illinois Charter Awards. Applications are due November 8, 2013.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted a recent article from the American Journal of Public Health that compared cycling injury risks on 14 combinations of route types and bike facility types, such as marked shared lanes, traditional bike lane, cycle tracks, and others. Study results indicate that route type is associated with injury risk, with cycle tracks having the lowest injury risk.

 

Reminders

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.

Performance-based funding. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.

Public meetings for IDOT Multi-Modal TIP. IDOT is holding public meetings across the state to solicit input for the development of its FY2015-20 Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. More information on the final meetings in Lisle (October 15) and East Hazel Crest (October 17), as well as the final two webinars (October 28 and 29), is available on-line.


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