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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-2-17

Alternative Futures: Innovative Transportation

As CMAP features a new Alternative Future each month through August, yesterday we began to explore Innovative Transportation.  Watch a brief video with animations that show the benefits -- and some potential undesired effects -- of technological changes in how people and goods get around the region.
 
Join us for the next Futures forum, "Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility," at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, hosted and co-sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Technology.  And take advantage of many other opportunities for public input throughout this summer.

CMAP Happenings

CREATE: The region's #1 freight priority
In a letter to Crain's Chicago Business, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo states: "The national and regional importance of CREATE is too important for us to prematurely and preemptively shift the spotlight to other projects like the Great Lakes Basin Transportation proposal."  The letter was prompted by recent speculation about projects that would bypass rather than address freight congestion in our region.
 
Des Plaines Comprehensive Plan
The City of Des Plaines and CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program need your help in developing the next Comprehensive Plan that will set forth the vision, goals, and objectives of the City over the next 10 years. Please take a survey to share your thoughts.  Also, attend an open house at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, at the Des Plaines Public Library (1501 Ellinwood Ave., Des Plaines).
 
Housing planning 
The Regional Housing Initiative is currently accepting applications for 2017.  Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority's low-income tax credits must contact Jonathan Burch (jburch@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8690) by today to set up an informational interview and apply before June 23.
 
ON TO 2050 public engagement
Thank you to the Bluestem Earth Festival, APWA – Chicago Metro Chapter, Healthy Chicago 2.0, the Barrington Area Council of Governments, the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, Boeing employees, the Northwest Municipal Conference Transportation Committee, and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, for participating in Alternative Futures discussions this week.  To schedule a workshop or other event, contact Jane Grover (jgrover@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8802).
 
LTA Call for Projects
The Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and RTA Community Planning Call for Projects is open for applications until June 29.
 
Last week to apply for FLIP 
Please encourage high schoolers to apply in writing or online by Friday, June 9, for CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning summer program.  As a behind-the-scenes video shows, they will spend a fun-filled week of enrichment with fellow students helping to shape their region's future.

Planning in the news

Growing inclusively as a region
Among a few over-arching principles that will inform recommendations of the ON TO 2050 plan, Inclusive Growth addresses the need for all our communities to participate in and contribute to the region's prosperity.  Next month CMAP will issue a strategy paper on the topic, which is also central to an Alternative Futures forum in Homewood on July 19.  Read the CityLab article about a recent Brookings Institution report, which reinforces how regions that grow inclusively have more sustainable prosperity overall.
 
CMAQ in the news  
DNAInfo covered the planned opening of the second phase of the North Branch Trail Extension and progress on the Weber Spur Trail. These projects were partially funded by CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.
 
Logistics expansion
An article in Logistics Management described a local firm's efforts to expand its last-mile network by doubling a market-delivery facility's capacity in Bolingbrook.  Read more about our region's importance to the national freight system in CMAP's Freight Snapshot report.
 
Soles and Spokes 
A study in the Transportation Research Record identifies strategies to advance Vision Zero programs. The Federal Highway Administration granted interim approval for bike boxes.  America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative created a Social Justice Toolkit with resources for fostering equity, fairness, and justice.  Headwater Economics, an independent, nonprofit research group, created a searchable library of studies on the benefits of trails.
 
Bikes on passenger rail
Chicago Reader wrote about recent policy changes by Amtrak and Metra for a more bike friendly region.

Around the region

IDOT regional plan priorities
As IDOT develops its Long Range Transportation Plan, Illinois residents can use an online survey to help prioritize plan objectives.  This exercise provides IDOT with insight into where residents would like to see an increased focus.  The survey is available through June 9.

Events

North Lawndale Planning Conference
DRW College Prep
931 S. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624
June 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
More information

Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility
Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Campus Center
3201 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60616
June 22, 2017
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Register now


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