CMAP Weekly Update, 11-30-12
Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, CMAP hosted a U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) roundtable to discuss implementation of MAP-21 and freight, the Chicago Tribune and Herald-News published CMAP letters on congestion pricing in our region, the University of Illinois at Chicago announces U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood as keynote speaker of upcoming UIC Urban Forum, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program in the news. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.
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Congestion pricing campaign. The Chicago Tribune and Herald-News published CMAP letters urging Governor Quinn, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and the Illinois Tollway to commit to congestion pricing in our region. The traffic management tool applies supply and demand principles to help manage highway resources more effectively, as described at www.cmap.illinois.gov/congestion-pricing. To support this effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or email@example.com).
UIC Urban Forum. This week, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) announced U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as the keynote speaker for its annual Urban Forum, "Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil," on December 6. I serve on the Forum's Board of Advisors and will moderate an afternoon panel on interjurisdictional competition.
Policy Updates. We covered possible implications of the impending fiscal cliff on federal transportation funding programs, as well as a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report on local funding sources for the federal New Starts program, which supports transit expansion projects. We also described potential ramifications of the recent U.S. elections on the water sector. And we summarized some current legislation in Springfield.
CMAQ in the news. The City of Chicago announced a new program to be launched in Spring 2013 to encourage conversion of trucks in private and public fleets from diesel to electric. CMAP allocated $15 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) funds for this effort. Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times, NBC Chicago, Crain's Chicago Business, Truckinginfo, and Fleets & Fuels.
NARC seeking case studies. Through next week, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) is seeking case studies of livability efforts.
MPC panel. MPC will host a roundtable about the future of interjurisdictional collaboration on December 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 140 S. Dearborn Street, Suite 1400, Chicago. At the event, MPC, CMAP, and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus will release a new paper identifying related policy reforms and best practices.
Trib on transportation. The Trib quoted CMAP's Kermit Wies in an article about the five-year-old I-355 extension. The Trib also covered the recently released Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, one of five new major capital projects recommended in GO TO 2040. The article quotes CMAP's Matt Maloney.
Green Signals. CMAP’s transportation operations blog featured an upcoming webinar on system engineering for adaptive signal control technology webinar.
Soles and Spokes. CMAP’s bike-ped planning blog highlighted a new web program from the Regional Transportation Authority and Active Transportation Alliance, “Drive Less, Live More,” to encourage active, sustainable travel. We also featured a Chicago Architecture Foundation lecture on the City of Chicago’s “Make Way for People” program, which promotes strategies for placemaking, walkable neighborhoods, and economic development.
EI2 rebates. Energy Impact Illinois (EI2) is offering rebates up to $1,750 (an estimated 70-percent cost savings) for upgrades you can make to improve the comfort of your home. For more information, contact Emily Plagman at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT. CMAP's Dan Olson and the Center for Neighborhood Technology - Energy's Anna Markowski were recently featured on CAN-TV discussing EI2 rebates.
IDOT survey ends December 15. IDOT is conducting a public survey regarding the potential for a managed lane in each direction on the I-55 Stevenson between I-355 and I-90/I-94. CMAP is encouraging IDOT to make congestion pricing an integral part of its design and engineering for additional lanes on I-55 and on the I-290 Eisenhower.
Green infrastructure call for proposals. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced a third round of Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants (IGIG) for stormwater management. Applications are due December 14, 2012.
Niles open house
December 4, 2012
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Niles Public Library: 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles
Hosted by the Village of Niles and CMAP
Round Lake Heights public meeting
December 4, 2012
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Round Lake Heights Middle School: 2000 Lotus
Drive, Round Lake Heights
Hosted by the Village of Round Lake Heights and
UIC Urban Forum
December 6, 2012
UIC Forum: 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago
Hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.