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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-6-14

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CMAP meetings.  The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  The Regional Coordinating Committee will meet prior to the Board at 8:00 a.m.  The MPO Policy Committee meets on Thursday, June 12, at 10:00 a.m.  

Policy Updates.  At the close of the spring legislative session, the Illinois General Assembly passed HB 3794 and SB 3224, which together will provide for $1.1 billion in new bond proceeds to support transportation investment.  This amount is considered a modest capital program in comparison with the preceding $31 billion, six-year Illinois Jobs Now! program for transportation and other capital improvements.  While the new revenues authorized by the legislation deliver additional resources for the State, they do not address any of the structural policy issues facing transportation funding in Illinois -- namely, the need for steady, reliable revenues and performance-based project selection.

MPC roundtable.  Video from last week's Metropolitan Planning Council discussion on implementation of the GO TO 2040 plan, as well as a blog post, are available on-line.  Panelists included RTA acting executive director Leanne Redden, Aurora mayor Thomas Weisner (both of whom are CMAP Board members), and Cook County Economic Development bureau chief Herman Brewer.  

Other News and Announcements

Transportation reauthorization.  Last week, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives suggested a short-term extension of MAP-21 through May 2015.  To maintain solvency in the Highway Trust Fund, this extension would rely on $10.7 billion in savings from modified Saturday deliveries for the U.S. Postal Service, as well as $1.3 billion in transfers from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund. Read more in The Hill.

CMAQ and TAP in the news.  The Southtown Star described a groundbreaking celebration to be held tomorrow for the Cal-Sag Trail, which is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement and Transportation Alternatives programs.  Completion of the 26-mile paved trail is expected by 2017.

Soles and Spokes.  Soles and Spokes featured a ChangeLab Solutions guide to using supportive bicycling policy.  We also highlighted a report on efforts at universities around the country to reduce driving and increase travel by more sustainable modes of transportation.

Outdoor activities.  Chicago Wilderness is promoting a series of outdoor, family-friendly events around the region this June for Leave No Child Inside month.

Real estate panel.  The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Chicago will host a panel discussion "Against the Wind – Finding Opportunities in a Changing Real Estate Environment" on June 17 at 4:00 p.m. in Rosemont.  Registration closes next Friday, June 13.

Transportation symposium.  The 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium (GLXS 2014) for engineers, academics, and law enforcement professionals to discuss and improve the intersection of highway and rail systems will be held August 3-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Register on-line.

Local Technical Assistance

Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applicationsApplications are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Check the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Dan Olson (dolson@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8760). 

The Village of Arlington Heights is in the early stages of modernizing its bicycle-pedestrian plan, as described in the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

The First Electric Newspaper and the Northwest Herald covered the upcoming Fox River corridor plan under development in Algonquin and Carpentersville.

A multi-year initiative of The Chicago Community Trust's Searle Funds, Food:Land:Opportunity, is accepting proposals for its Urban Farm Enterprise Pathways project.  Designed to increase the number of individuals eligible and qualified to farm on Englewood land, the project helps implement recommendations from Chicago's Green Healthy Neighborhoods plan for Englewood, Washington Park, and Woodlawn, which was developed with support from LISC/Chicago, Teamwork Englewood, the South East Chicago Commission, and Washington Park Consortium.

Reminders

FLIP applications.  Applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program are due September 22, 2014. Participating high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life.  Contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).

O'Hare subregional analysis.  CMAP's new O'Hare Subregional Freight-Manufacturing Drill-Down Report assesses how local conditions support the competitiveness of the subregion's freight and manufacturing cluster and describes opportunities to ensure its continued success. Learn more in a Policy Update

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.

Transit event.  Pace and the Village of Niles will host public open houses for the Niles Free Bus Modernization Project on June 12 at the Niles Public Library (6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles), with sessions at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.  

Events

Lake County sustainability chapter open house
June 12, 2014
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Lake County Central Permit Facility:  500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville
Hosted by Lake County and CMAP
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Summit visioning workshop
June 17, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Graves Elementary School:  6021 South 74th Avenue, Summit
Hosted by the Village of Summit and CMAP
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