CMAP Weekly Update, 8-23-13
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, the public comment period for proposed projects to the FY 2014-18 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program ends Monday, Next City highlighted findings from the new CMAP report on the manufacturing and freight nexus, and Policy Updates on examining tax system equity and dissolving Evanston Township. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
CMAQ program comment period ends MONDAY. CMAP seeks comment through Monday, August 26 at 4:00 p.m. on proposed projects adding an additional $285 million to the FY 2014-18 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The proposed five-year program includes projects that improve air quality, mitigate congestion, and help to implement GO TO 2040.
Nexus in the news. Next City described findings from CMAP's new report, The Freight-Manufacturing Nexus: Metropolitan Chicago's Built-in Advantage, which explores how the U.S. freight system's convergence in metropolitan Chicago offers distinct competitive advantages to our region's resurgent manufacturing cluster. This morning, I spoke about this and other CMAP industry cluster research at an event with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and the Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group (GCMG) at Sandvick Coromant Company in Schaumburg. Our Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is helping the GCMG to expose students, parents, and school administrators to the emerging career opportunities in manufacturing.
Policy Updates. The second in a series of Policy Updates on the tax system examines equity. A previous post looked at efficiency, and a third will be about transparency. We also described a new law that would allow the discontinuance of Evanston Township. GO TO 2040 supports local governments' efforts to coordinate and, when possible, consolidate local services.
Other News and Announcements
Parking management project. Those who live, work, and play in Chicago's Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood have until Sunday, August 25 to provide feedback via an on-line survey for the Innovation in Parking Management Plan under development by the Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33 with support from the CMAP LTA program.
Stormwater calculator. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created a new tool to help individuals reduce stormwater runoff from their properties by using green infrastructure, including rain gardens and barrels.
Free energy assessments. Through the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance Savings through Efficient Products program, local governments can get a free energy assessment of public facilities and free product upgrades including LED exit signs, low-flow faucet aerators, and more. Contact Chelsea Lamar (email@example.com or 312-374-0924).
Grant writing class. Grant Writing USA and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy will host a class on how to identify and respond to grant opportunities on September 16-17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove).
Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured an American Journal of Public Health study comparing crash rates on physically separated bicycle paths adjacent to sidewalks (cycle tracks) with those on roadways that have traditional bike lanes, shared-lane markings (sharrows), and roads without any bicycle-specific treatment.
GO TO 2040 comment period. CMAP seeks comment on a proposed amendment that would add the Illiana Corridor project to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan list of fiscally constrained projects. The 32-day comment period lasts from August 2 to September 3, 2013. The Board and MPO Policy Committee are scheduled to vote on the amendment in October. In addition, a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been released for comment through September 3, 2013. See the CMAP website for a description of conformity. To comment on either the GO TO 2040 or TIP amendments, please write to CMAP, ATTN Plan and TIP amendments, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago IL 60606. Comments can also be made via CMAP by e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400).
New toolkits. Two new resources were recently released through CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program -- a Climate Adaptation Guidebook for Municipalities in the Chicago Region, as well as a new toolkit on arts and culture planning.
EI2 rebates expiring soon. Energy Impact Illinois-certified contractor availability is filing up fast and rebates of up to $1,750 are only available for those who complete work by September 20, 2013. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT today. Local utilities will continue to provide smaller rebates once EI2 rebates expire.
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. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria. A CMAP microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making and includes a compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.
FLIP applications. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply through September 23 to CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Contact Ricardo Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8766).
Bike and chow. The Active Transportation Alliance is hosting a Four-Star Bike & Chow event Sunday, August 25. Participants can choose 12-, 22-, 35-, and 62-mile route options, with opportunities to try delicious snacks along the way. Enter code "goto2040" for a $5 discount.
RTA draft plan for comment. The Regional Transportation Authority released its draft Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) 2013 Update for public comment through August 30, 2013. This update to the 2007 Public Transit-HSTP will allow northeastern Illinois to access federal Section 5310 transportation funding, as authorized by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the federal transportation reauthorization.
State bike plan. The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking public input on its Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan via an interactive survey.
Water Rates and Revenues workshop
August 28, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
DuPage Water Commission headquarters: 600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Hosted by the DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, MWH Global, and CMAP