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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-15-13
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of this week's CMAP meetings, CMAP releases its second annual GO TO 2040 implementation report, upcoming Manufacturing Regional Cluster forum at Harper College, congestion pricing in the news, new posts on the Policy Updates blog, and the GO TO 2040 comment period on proposed ammendments ends Monday. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
CMAP meetings recap. The Board met on Wednesday and focused on several substantive topics. Staff presented the state legislative update, and then the Board heard from Peter Skosey of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) about a bill they worked to introduce with Representative Elaine Nekritz earlier in the week related to performance-based transportation funding. HB 1549 would establish a Technical Advisory Group composed of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the state's metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other appropriate partners. The group would be charged with determining performance measures and how to tie these to funding decisions. Look for more information on this next week in a Policy Update. The Board voted to approve the Federal Agenda that will help guide CMAP's support or opposition to specific pieces of legislation over the course of the federal legislative calendar. We will be releasing a Regional Manufacturing Cluster Drill-Down Report at the end of this month at a forum, detailed in an item below, and staff provided a thorough overview of the major findings in this report. Finally, the Board was updated on the agency's congestion pricing campaign, which has received increased media attention (also detailed below) in the past few weeks. We continue to encourage regional partners to support congestion pricing with a letter or resolution. This week Northwest Municipal Conference passed a resolution in support of the region's effort to implement congestion pricing.
Prior to the Board, the Local Coordinating Committee met. The committee heard two presentations. The first was a recent LTA project in coordination with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Developing Communities Project to support the extension of the Red Line to 130th Street. And the second was about the regional Fair Housing and Equity Assessment that is being conducted by the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance (CAFHA) as a requirement of our HUD grant. The committee also heard a number of relevant updates concerning the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program's next call for projects, grants and contracts, and an overall LTA update.
GO TO 2040 implementation report. CMAP has released Moving Forward 2012, our second annual GO TO 2040 implementation report. This year, the report takes a quantitative approach with informational graphics that describe progress on regional challenges identified by GO TO 2040. In conjunction with the report, we printed a combination poster-brochure and would love to see it on walls across the region. Please grab a copy or two the next time you visit us, and we can make a box available for distribution by partner organizations. Contact Hillary Green (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8619).
Manufacturing forum. On February 26, CMAP will host a Regional Manufacturing Cluster Drill-Down Forum. The event will be at the Harper College Wojcik Conference Center (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine) from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with an optional tour of the college's manufacturing training facilities from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is free, and space is limited. Contact Annie Byrne with questions.
Congestion pricing. On Tuesday, CMAP's Jesse Elam discussed our congestion pricing campaign on WTTW's Chicago Tonight in reference to the 2012 Urban Mobility Report released last week by the Texas A & M Transportation Institute. As described at www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing, implementation of express toll lanes on five new GO TO 2040 construction projects would allow drivers during the morning rush to reach their destinations 31 to 66 percent quicker, at a modest additional cost. To support our congestion pricing effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or email@example.com).
Policy Updates. The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) published revisions to the environmental review process for transit projects seeking federal funding. The revisions are expected to reduce costs and streamline the project delivery process. We also described recent news from Springfield, including proposed legislation on merging CMAP and the RTA.
GO TO 2040 comment period ends Monday. CMAP seeks comment on a proposed amendment to GO TO 2040 that would add the Circle Interchange project and update the plan's description of the Prairie Parkway project. In addition, a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been released for comment. See the CMAP website for a description of conformity. The comment period for both amendments ends this Monday, February 18, 2013. Comments can be submitted via e-mail, phone (312-454-0400), and mail (CMAP, ATTN Plan and TIP amendments, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL, 60606).
Staff progress report. The second-quarter progress report (October through December) based on CMAP's FY13 work plan is now on-line.
Other News and Announcements
LTA updates. Among recent highlights from the CMAP LTA program, the Village of Alsip and CMAP held an open house attended by over 40 residents, community leaders, and elected officials this week to review the Village's draft comprehensive plan. The draft plan will go to the Village Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing on March 13, and until then posters featuring plan recommendations will be on display at the Alsip Village Hall (4500 W. 123rd Street, Alsip). The City of Northlake and CMAP will hold an open house for its draft comprehensive plan on March 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the City's public library (231 N. Wolf Road, Northlake). The Village of Elmwood Park and CMAP will hold an open house for its draft comprehensive plan on March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Village Park Recreation Center (2 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park). The Elburn Herald described an open house held last month for the Village's draft comprehensive plan.
EI2 in the news. The Southtown Star and WGN Radio described rebates currently available through Energy Impact Illinois. Individuals can receive up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for efficiency upgrades to save energy and improve the comfort of their homes. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT.
Local food. The National Association of Regional Councils featured CMAP's efforts to strengthen the region's local food systems, as described in a video and supporting materials at www.cmap.illinois.gov/food.
Stormwater BMP seminar. The Conservation Foundation will hold its fourth "Beyond the Basics: Stormwater Best Management Practices seminar" on March 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bobak's Signature Events (6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge). In related news, a new CMAP publication describes how local governments can use stormwater utilities to address local flooding and drainage problems. For additional information on the publication, contact Jesse Elam (email@example.com or 312-386-8688).
Highway construction meeting. The Transportation Management Association (TMA) of Lake Cook will host a meeting on 2013 highway construction projects featuring presentations from IDOT, Lake and Cook Counties, and the Illinois Tollway on March 15 at 9:00 a.m. at Baxter Healthcare (1 Baxter Parkway, Deerfield).
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog described proposed rulemaking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would set minimum sound standards for hybrid and electric vehicles to aid pedestrian awareness. We also covered the Village of Wheeling's recent adoption of its Active Transportation Plan, which was funded through CMAP's LTA program. Finally, we highlighted a U.S. DOT white paper on how metropolitan planning organizations can integrate health into transportation planning.
DUE TODAY: Call for presentations. The College of Lake County has issued a call for presentations for this year's County Green event to be held May 23, 2013. Presentation abstract submissions are due today.
ArcView workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day Basic ArcView 10 Workshop, and dates are set for March 27 to 28, May 8 to 9, and June 5 to 6. Attendance at each workshop is limited to five people, so register early. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Riders for Better Transit: Building a 21st Century System
February 25, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
UBS Tower Conference Center: 1 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago
Hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance
Regional Manufacturing Cluster Forum
February 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. to noon
Harper College Wojcik Conference Center: 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine
Hosted by CMAP
Big Rock planning meeting
March 11, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Village Fire Department: 48W863 E. 2nd Street, Big Rock
Hosted by the Village of Big Rock, Kane County, and CMAP