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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-30-17

Jul 7, 2017

Alternative Futures: Innovative Transportation

WBEZ Morning Shift on June 26 included CMAP's Elizabeth Irvin, discussing how commuters' attitudes and behaviors are changing.  The segment, which also featured former Chicago and Washington, DC, transportation head Gabe Klein, explored how transportation technologies might reshape the region and its economy by 2050.
As June ends, you can still take a web survey about Innovative Transportation, the ON TO 2050 Alternative Future for the past month.  (You can still complete the other past futures' surveys, too, with Transformed Economy and Constrained Resources yet to come in July and August, respectively.)
And read a recap of last week's "Harnessing Technology for Future Mobility" forum, and watch the forum on CAN-TV.  Then register for the final two forums today: "The Future of Economic Opportunity" on July 19 in Homewood and "Doing More with Less in 2050" on August 15 in Libertyville.

Policy Updates

IDOT shutdown 
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced that all its transportation-related construction could shut down after June 30 if lawmakers fail to pass a budget for FY 2018.  Another new CMAP Policy Update analyzes the potential effects on the region's transportation system and highlights some of the largest projects imperiled by the shutdown.  While the immediate transportation issue is the lack of an IDOT operating budget for FY18, the ongoing state budget impasse has reinforced the urgency of developing adequate, long-term funding for the region's multimodal system.  

CMAP Happenings

CMAP executive director to speak at City Club
Register now for the Wednesday, August 30, address by CMAP executive director Joe Szabo to the City Club of Chicago.  The talk -- "Alternative Futures: What will shape Chicagoland's quality of life and economic prosperity" -- will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Maggiano's Banquets (111 W. Grand Ave., Chicago).  
Call for projects closed
The joint call for local planning projects through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program is now closed.  CMAP and RTA thank all who applied for planning assistance and grants.  Projects should be announced in October.
Alternative Futures public workshop
Richton Park will host a public workshop to discuss Alternative Futures on Tuesday, July 18, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Richton Park Community Center (4445 Sauk Trail, Richton Park).  Attendees will be encouraged to share feedback on how planning can help the future of the region and Richton Park in particular.
ON TO 2050 outreach
This week, we would like to thank the South Metro Higher Education Consortium for hosting an Alternative Futures workshop.  Thanks as well to the City of Evanston for hosting a discussion on ON TO 2050 with representatives from the Village of Glencoe, Village of Kenilworth, Village of Northfield, Village of Wilmette, and Village of Winnetka.  To schedule a workshop, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802).   

Draft ON TO 2050 Preview Report

Please submit comments by Thursday, August 3, on the ON TO 2050 Draft Preview Report.  This document describes likely ON TO 2050 recommendations organized by the three overarching principles of resilience, inclusive growth, and prioritized investment.
CMAP will incorporate feedback and release the final version in October 2017.  A draft of the full ON TO 2050 plan will be released for comment in June 2018, with adoption scheduled for October 2018.

Planning in the news

Aurora Downtown Master Plan
The Chicago Tribune reported on a June 22 open house where hundreds of residents reviewed and commented on a draft update to the City of Aurora Downtown Master Plan, being developed with assistance from the CMAP LTA program.  A public hearing will take place later this summer before the plan goes to the City Council in the fall.
More LTA in the News 
The Daily Herald and Journal-Topics previewed a June 28 open house where Des Plaines residents provided feedback on the city's Comprehensive Plan, in development with assistance from the CMAP LTA program.
Soles and Spokes 
An article in Autocar magazine describes Volvo's plans to equip buses with pedestrian and bicyclist detection technology.  The medical journal The Lancet has published a series of articles on urban design, transportation, and health.  A CDC report compares U.S. traffic safety to other developed countries. 

Around the region

Federal freight grants
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) announced on June 29 a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for $1.5 billion in FY17 and FY18 through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program.  Formerly referred to as FASTLANE, INFRA implements the competitive freight funding program established in the FAST Act.  U.S. DOT has not yet announced awards from a NOFO issued late last year for the second round of FASTLANE; much of that funding will be applied to this NOFO, and FASTLANE applicants may resubmit their applications for INFRA.  The NOFO closes in 120 days.   


The Future of Economic Opportunity
Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium
2010 N. Chestnut Rd.
Homewood, IL 60430
July 19, 2017
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Doing More with Less in 2050 
Libertyville Civic Center
135 W. Church St.
Libertyville, IL 60048
August 15, 2017
4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
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