In December 2016, U.S. DOT issued a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination rule that would have had significant impacts on metropolitan Chicago and neighboring regions. Read CMAP's official reaction to the repeal of the rule, signed into law by President Trump last week.
CMAP Weekly Update, 5-19-17
May 26, 2017
MPO rule repeal signed into law
FLIP deadline extended
Housing strategy paper released
Read CMAP's latest ON TO 2050 strategy paper, Expanding Housing Choice, which identifies ways to help communities and the region provide the types of housing residents demand. The paper highlights research, education, planning, and funding strategies that CMAP should continue or expand, as well as needed activities that would be better suited for regional partners to implement and lead. For more information, contact Jonathan Burch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8620.)
What if more people choose walkable, mixed-use communities by 2050?
Planning in the news
CMAQ in the news
WREX TV in Rockford covered the start of construction of a bus-on-shoulder project on the Edens Expressway, announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program partially funded this project.
Chicago region in 2050
WTTW reported on the Alternative Futures campaign going on now through August.
Soles and Spokes
A U.S. Department of Transportation report outlines why and how to apply design flexibility in creating multimodal transportation networks. A research report from the Arup firm highlights social, economic, environmental, and political benefits of walkable communities. The Federal Highway Administration updated its webpage on bicycle and pedestrian funding sources to account for the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.