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March 14, 2014
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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-14-14

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CMAP Meetings recap. The Board met on Wednesday and the Policy Committee met on Thursday this week. The bulk of both agendas was focused on the GO TO 2040 plan update, including presentations and discussions on the Implementation Action Areas, the Financial Plan, Major Capital Projects and a Congestion Pricing Policy, and Plan Indicator Targets. These components are expected to be complete in the early spring so that the plan can be drafted for public comment release at the June 2014 meetings. Additionally, both policy boards approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the MPO Policy Committee and the CMAP Board. The Board also discussed next steps to their February Visioning and Strategic Planning Session and approved action on certain bills in the State Legislative Update. The Regional Coordinating Committee met prior to the Board, with presentations on the plan update as well as a Freight Policy Update, including a recap of the meetings of the Regional Freight Leadership Task Force. The Board meets next on April 9, 2014, and the MPO Policy Committee is planning a special meeting on May 12.

Transit ridership. While public transportation ridership rose in many parts of the country in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an American Public Transportation Association report, overall ridership remained stagnant and in some cases decreased in the metropolitan Chicago region. In related news, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) analyzed existing conditions of the region's public transportation system and the need for increased investment for the Northeastern Illinois Transit Task Force. Read more in Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune. The Task Force's governance working group released its draft report this week, as described by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Other News and Announcements

Eighty years of MPC. Congratulations to MPC on celebrating 80 years this week. In related news, president MarySue Barrett highlighted the need for federal, state, and local support of the Chicago Southland Housing and Community Development Collaborative. The post was originally published in an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and Ford Foundation Workshop pamphlet.

Soles and Spokes. A Washington State Department of Transportation report examines the relationship between specific characteristics of the built-environment and provides tools to estimate reductions in vehicle miles traveled based on these conditions.

Bus modernization project. To better coordinate Niles Free Bus routes with the Pace Arterial Rapid Transit (ART) route planned for Milwaukee Avenue in 2016, Pace and the Village will seek public input for their Free Bus Modernization Project at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is at the Oasis Water Park and Fun Center, 7877 Milwaukee Ave. in Niles. Residents can also complete a web survey.

Transit access workshop. The Regional Transportation Authority, in partnership with DePaul University's Chaddick Institute, will host a free Access to Transit workshop on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at DePaul University's downtown campus. Register on-line.

Non-energy benefits report. A recent Elevate Energy report explores the additional positive consequences of energy efficiency improvements outside of saving energy, known as non-energy benefits (NEBs), of affordable multifamily housing. It includes practical metrics to track NEBs of retrofits.

Local Technical Assistance

The Riverside-Brookfield Landmark published an article and editorial on implementation efforts related to Riverside's central business district plan

The Suburban Life described an ongoing survey for residents of Addison, Bensenville, Villa Park, and Wood Dale on the types and location of housing they'd like to see in their communities. Residents can provide feedback at http://www.nedupage.metroquest.com through March 27. Feedback will be incorporated into the Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for this cluster of communities in partnership with MPC and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. 

The Daily Herald profiled recommendations from a different Homes for a Changing Region plan under development for Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and North Aurora. 

Riverdale will host an open house for development of its comprehensive plan next Wednesday, March 19 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Village Resource Center (725 W 138th Street, Riverdale). 

The City of Chicago will host a public meeting for development of its Kedzie corridor plan on March 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at John Marshall Metropolitan High School (3520 W. Adams St., Chicago). Residents can also download a Kedzie Corridor App that allows them to upload community photos, share ideas, and view project documents. 

The APA-Illinois Pro Bono Committee is seeking experienced, professional planners to volunteer for an April 16 planning event in Chicago Heights. The event will support the Chicago Heights comprehensive plan under development. Volunteer applications will be accepted through March 26.

Reminders

FLIP applications. Applications are available for the 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. 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. Priority deadline applications must be postmarked or emailed by Friday, May 30, 2014. Contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).
 

GO TO 2040 implementation poster. CMAP has released Moving Forward 2013, our third annual GO TO 2040 implementation report poster. Please grab a copy or two the next time you visit us. Boxes are available for re-distribution by partner organizations. Contact Joey-Lin Silberhorn (jsilberhorn@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8814).

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

2014 ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and available 2014 dates are April 30 to May 1, May 28-29, and June 18-19. The cost is $350. For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (jdrennan@cmap.illinois.gov). 

Events

Housing Expo
March 15, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Victory Apostolic Church: 20801 Matteson Avenue, Matteson
Hosted by U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly
 
Kedzie corridor plan public meeting
March 27, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
John Marshall Metropolitan High School: 3250 S. Adams Street, Chicago
Hosted by the City of Chicago
 
GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, 2014
Downtown Chicago
Supported by the City of Chicago, Institute of Cultural Affairs, and CMAP
 
Progress on the GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan roundtable
May 29, 2014
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan Planning Council offices: 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago
Hosted by MPC

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