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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-20-14

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CPP/LTA:  Applications due NEXT WEEK.  Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are available through the Regional Transportation Authority's Community Planning Program and CMAP's Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications. Applications are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  A Q&A and slides from the June 3 informational session are available.  Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Dan Olson (dolson@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8760) with any questions.

Policy Updates.  The latest post in a three-part series of Policy Updates evaluates the effectiveness of the Illinois local motor fuel tax (MFT) sharing program.  While the CMAP region receives relatively large allotments of local MFT funding per lane mile, its allotments are relatively small when considering traffic levels.  The first post in this series, which examines the structure of transportation funding programs in Illinois and governance of state and local highway systems, includes background on transportation revenue-sharing.  The final post will explore the relationship between municipalities and townships in the local highway system and its funding.

Highway Trust Fund proposals.  Another Policy Update describes two recent federal transportation proposals that attempt to identify sustainable revenue sources as the HTF nears insolvency later this summer and as the U.S. Congress considers a new transportation reauthorization package to replace the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act, which expires September 30, 2014.

Other News and Announcements

Freight in the news.  Transport Topics covered CMAP's Regional Freight Task Force report, which recommends increased planning, funding, and programming to support metropolitan Chicago's multimodal system.  The article is available to subscribers of the paper.

2014 ArcGIS workshops.  CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and available dates include July 30-31, September 17-18, November 5-6, and December 3-4.  The cost is $350.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (jdrennan@cmap.illinois.gov).

Energy efficiency grants. The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has released a Request for Proposals for the 2014-15 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, which provides funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities. Proposals for lighting projects are due July 30, 2014, and all other energy efficiency projects are due September 1.

Soles and Spokes.  We highlighted the new edition of the Federal Highway Administration's Traffic Monitoring Guide, which, for the first time, includes a chapter on pedestrian and bicycle counting.  We also described several state departments of transportation's official endorsement of the National Association of City Transportation Officials' Urban Street Design Guide.

Pace in the news.  Passenger Transport featured a recent case study on Pace's core values and successes, including its innovative partnerships, use of technology, and bus-on-shoulder program.

Chicago survey.  The City of Chicago and Northwestern University are surveying residents 55 and over about their experiences living in Chicago;  results will inform a city-wide action plan to make Chicago more "age-friendly."  The survey is available in English, Spanish, and Polish.  Contact buehler-center@northwestern.edu with questions.

Cluster mapping tool.  The U.S. Economic Development Administration and Harvard Business School recently launched a Cluster Mapping and Registry project that examines data across 30 different economic indicators and allows users to build and explore a "custom region" (see the Chicago-area dashboard).  CMAP's analysis of the region's freight and manufacturing sectors, and the nexus between them, highlights the valuable role industry clusters play in metropolitan economies.

Local Technical Assistance

The Daily Herald described neighborhood improvement and housing efforts underway in the Village of Round Lake Beach, including a Homes for a Changing Region study that will be conducted with Hainesville, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, and Round Lake Heights in partnership with the Lake County Community Foundation, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and Metropolitan Planning Council.
 

Reminders

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP public comment period.  The draft GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan update and the draft federal fiscal year 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document and list of proposed projects have been released for public comment through August 1, 2014.  Residents can submit feedback on-line, and CMAP will hold a series of open houses throughout the region during the comment period.  Each event will feature plan update materials and the draft FFY 2014-19 TIP for review and comment, with CMAP staff on hand to answer questions.  A flyer with meeting details is available in English and Spanish.  Read more at Streetsblog.

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).

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.

North Lake Shore Drive open house.  The Illinois and Chicago Departments of Transportation will host an open house for the U.S. 41 (North Lake Shore Drive) improvement project on July 8 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Drake Hotel (140 East Walton Place, Chicago).

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.

Events

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house:  Will County
June 23, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
New Lenox Village Hall:  1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox
Hosted by Will County Governmental League and CMAP
More information

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house:  Southwest Conference of Mayors
June 24, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Palos Hills City Hall:  10335 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills
Hosted by Southwest Conference of Mayors and CMAP
More information

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house:  DuPage County
June 25, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
DuPage County Administration Building:  421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton
Hosted by DuPage Mayors and Managers Association and CMAP
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