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CMAP Weekly Update, 12-13-13

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Comment period ends Monday: Transportation Alternatives Program. Comments on the draft set of projects for CMAP's FY 2013-14 Transportation Alternatives program must be submitted to Jesse Elam ( by Monday, December 16.
New Community Data Snapshots. This week, CMAP released a new set of Community Data Snapshots for the 77 Chicago Community Areas. The snapshots, which are also available for metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities and seven counties, summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use. The easy-to-print PDFs are grouped on the web both alphabetically and by county.  Contact Liz Panella ( or 312-386-8839).


Other News and Announcements

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

  • The Daily Herald described ongoing efforts to spur development in Lakemoor, including the adoption of its new comprehensive plan.
  • Secretary Shaun Donovan of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reflected on the first four years of its Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) with the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. CMAP, which received an SCI grant from HUD to start our LTA program, is mentioned in the piece.

GCI panel. Last week I spoke on a panel about the future of regional transportation planning with CMAP Board member Frank Beal, among others, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Great Cities Institute, which was described by Progress Illinois.
New DOT stats.  The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics released  preliminary data for the 2012 Commodity Flow Survey, which comes out every five years. The final 2012 numbers will be released in 2014.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured an on-line survey developed by Archeworks' Good City Group to collect stories about travel in the City of Chicago and region. Results will help designers of multiple disciplines better understand the journeys people make, with a goal of finding ways to improve the travel experience.



New CMAP website. In case you missed it, last week we launched our new website, which includes improved navigation with more ways for CMAP to share and feature analysis, reports, and other information.

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.