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June 13, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 6-13-14

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CMAP meeting recap. The Board met on Wednesday, and the MPO Policy Committee met on Thursday, each discussing and approving the FY 2015 Unified Work Program and Transportation Reauthorization Principles, among other items. They also heard a presentation from Regional Freight Leadership Task Force chairman Mike Gorman and staff on the process and recommendations of the final task force report. Other presentations included the staff's State Legislative Update and the draft GO TO 2040 plan update that is being released for public comment today (see following item).  The Board also approved the FY 2015 Work Plan and Budget.  Prior to the Board meeting, the Regional Coordinating Committee met and heard presentations on the O'Hare Subregional Freight-Manufacturing Drill-Down Report, a preview of a forthcoming microsite on economic indicators, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) process review.  The Board will not meet in July and is on call for August. The next MPO Policy Committee meeting is a joint one with the CMAP Board at 9:30 a.m. on October 8, 2014.

Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP public comment period.  The draft GO TO 2040 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.

Freight Task Force report.  As mentioned above, the CMAP Regional Freight Leadership Task Force report recommends increased planning, funding, and programming to support metropolitan Chicago's multimodal system.  The CMAP Board convened this group in June 2013 to build on GO TO 2040 recommendations for enhancing the freight system in northeastern Illinois.  I spoke to the Chicago Tribune about it.

Policy Updates.  The final Policy Update in our series on the potential for increased energy efficiency in the region's manufacturing sector discusses how policy changes can improve conservation.  Prior posts focused on consumption patterns and uptake of energy efficiency improvements and how infrastructure, regulations, and market changes may affect energy consumption.

Other News and Announcements

CMAQ in the news.  The Daily Herald covered the Village of Batavia's installation of flashing beacons to protect bicyclists and pedestrians;  the project was partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.

Soles and Spokes.  We featured an article on features of the built environment that promote walkability.

Smart grid improvements.  This week, ComEd received approval from the Illinois Commerce Commission to accelerate smart meter installation plans.  ComEd projects that the accelerated timetable will help to install more than four million smart meters throughout its service territory by 2018 and produce $170 million in customer savings; read more in this press release.

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).

People on the Move.  Through its People on the Move profiles, the Illinois Tollway highlights how individuals and businesses benefit from the 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future capital program.

Save the dates: Tree Lights. Mark your calendar for The Morton Arboretum's "Illumination: Tree Lights" from November 21, 2014 to January 3, 2015.

Local Technical Assistance

A June update for all ongoing LTA projects is now available on-line.

Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at  Applications are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  A Q&A and slides from last week's informational session is now available.  Review the program guide to see which types of projects are eligible, or contact Dan Olson ( or 312-386-8760).

CMAP and Kane County have developed a guide for evaluating public land for local food production.  The guide joins additional tools and resources available to help local governments, businesses, and residents support and strengthen the region's local food systems.

The Village of Summit will host a visioning workshop for the development of its comprehensive plan on June 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Graves Elementary School (6021 South 74th Avenue, Summit).


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 ( or 312-386-8766).

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.


Summit visioning workshop
June 17, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Graves Elementary School:  6021 South 74th Avenue, Summit
Hosted by the Village of Summit and CMAP
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Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house: Lake County
June 17, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lake County Division of Transportation:  600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville
Hosted by Lake County and CMAP
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Draft GO TO 2040 plan update and TIP open house: South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association
June 19, 2014
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
SSMMA Office:  1904 W. 174th Street, East Hazel Crest
Hosted by SSMMA and CMAP
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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
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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
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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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