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CMAP Weekly Update, 10-11-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a recap of the CMAP Board meeting, including the approval of new Local Technical Assistance projects, the MPO Policy Committee will meet on Thursday, October 17, the launch of the Regional Freight Leadership Task Force , a new Policy Update on changing driving behaviors, and the Chicago Tribune kicks off an editorial series and call for ideas on how to improve metropolitan Chicago. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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CMAP Board Recap. At Wednesday's meeting, the CMAP Board voted 10 to 4 to support the staff recommendation that the proposed Illiana Corridor not be added as an amendment to the GO TO 2040 plan's list of fiscally constrained major capital projects. Additionally, the Board approved the staff recommendation for 32 new projects to be pursued through the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program and 51 projects totaling $286 million through the FFY 2014-2018 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement program. We also said farewell to two Board members, Susan Campbell and Heather Weed-Niehoff, and want to thank them for their years of service to the CMAP Board. They are being replaced by Rita Athas and Lisa Laws. Finally, congratulations to the Board as it celebrated its 8th anniversary and the 3rd year of implementing GO TO 2040. The Board will meet next on November 13.

MPO Policy Committee. The MPO Policy Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. on October 17 to make the final determination on including the proposed Illiana Corridor as an amendment to the GO TO 2040 plan's list of fiscally constrained major capital projects.

CMAP Freight Task Force. The first meeting of the Regional Freight Leadership Task Force will be held next Friday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. at CMAP's offices (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago). At the direction of the CMAP Board, this group will discuss institutional and governance issues related to goods movement in northeastern Illinois. For more information, or to be added to the Task Force's email list, contact CMAP's Alex Beata. I will discuss the upcoming RFLTF, as well as other recent CMAP work around freight, for  the University of Illinois at Chicago's Real Time Chicago speaker series this Tuesday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Great Cities Institute (412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400, Chicago).

Policy Updates. Recent studies highlight changing driver behaviors, which could impact GO TO 2040 priorities related to congestion management.


Other News and Announcements

Tribune on planning. This week the Chicago Tribune kicked off a series of editorials and a call for ideas about how to improve metropolitan Chicago. CMAP welcomes this attention to livability issues, and we plan to compile or coordinate the submission of examples describing how GO TO 2040 is being implemented across the region. There's a good chance you'll hear from us about this effort as it develops.

LTA updates. Among recent highlights from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program:

Air quality attainment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently redesignated the Chicago-Gary-Lake County, Illinois-Indiana region to attainment of the 1997 annual fine particulate matter ("soot") standard. The full notice appeared in the Federal Register.

CNU conference. The Congress for New Urbansim (CNU) Illinois will hold its sixth annual state-wide conference, Creating Common Ground, on Thursday, October 24 at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago). Contemporary responses to urban challenges will be explored with a hands-on workshop lead by local civic innovators.

Top neighborhood. The City of Evanston's transit-oriented Central Street was named one of the country's top ten "great neighborhoods" by the American Planning Association last Friday. Learn more about the award in a video.


CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog followed up on last week's post with more information on the final ruling to amend the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. The new standards, which apply to trails, access routes, and other elements in outdoor developed areas, will become mandatory on November 25.


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. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.

Public meetings for IDOT Multi-Modal TIP. IDOT is holding public meetings across the state to solicit input for the development of its FY2015-20 Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. More information on the final meetings in Lisle (October 15) and East Hazel Crest (October 17), as well as the final two webinars (October 28 and 29), is available on-line.

Future of metro regions event. The University of Illinois at Chicago will host a panel discussion on the future of metropolitan regions, "Washington, In or Out?", on October 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Illinois Room of the Student Center East (750 S. Halsted, Chicago). RSVP to Stacy Jeffries.



Cook County Planning for Progress kick-off meeting
October 24, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
CMAP offices:  233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
Hosted by Cook County and CMAP
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Openlands 50th anniversary luncheon
October 25, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Chicago: 720 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Hosted by Openlands
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Park Forest development regulations kick-off workshop
October 29, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Dining on the Green Banquet Hall: 349 Main Street, Park Forest
Hosted by the Village of Park Forest and CMAP
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Innovative Collaborations to Revitalize Communities
October 30, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building: 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago
Hosted by the Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative and The Chicago Community Trust
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