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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-1-14

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Plan update/TIP public comment period ENDS TODAY.  The public comment period ends today for the draft GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan update and draft federal fiscal year 2014-19 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document and list of proposed projects.  Residents can submit feedback on-line.

Regional innovation explored.  This week's release of innovation indicators -- including venture capital activity, private-sector R&D employment, technology transfer, and patent production -- concludes the rollout of CMAP's regional economic indicators microsite.  The site launch began on July 7 with analysis of broad economic trends, followed by data on the region's workforce on July 14 and freight and manufacturing clusters on July 21.  Throughout the year, CMAP will post Policy Updates using these and related indicators to provide more in-depth analysis on various phenomena affecting the region's economic performance.  The microsite's indicators will be updated annually as data become available.

Transportation reauthorization update.  This week, the U.S. Congress voted to extend the federal transportation program through May 31, 2015, relying on $10.9 billion in transfers to the Highway Trust Fund.  On July 29, 2014, the U.S. Senate had approved amendments to shorten the extension bill, providing $8.1 billion to the Highway Trust Fund and extending the federal transportation program through December 19, 2014.  But on July 31, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives again voted in support of its longer version of the extension bill, which the Senate adopted later that day.

Local government coordination.  A Policy Update examines recent local government consolidation efforts in Evanston and River Forest Townships, as well as DuPage County.

Other News and Announcements

CMAQ in the news.  NBC ChicagoABC Chicago, and DNAinfo discussed Sunday's groundbreaking event for construction of the 35th Street pedestrian bridge, which is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program.

Soles and Spokes.  A Portland State University handbook provides guidance on developing pedestrian and bicycle master plans.  We also highlighted a Transportation Research Board e-circular on recent advancements in monitoring bicyclist and pedestrians travel and behaviors. 

Manufacturing recovery.  The Chicago Tribune highlighted metropolitan Chicago's manufacturing sector in light of the recent recession.  As tracked by CMAP's economic indicators microsite, manufacturing in the region has seen only modest employment gains in recent years, and manufacturing export growth has lagged far behind the national average since 2009.

Bridge funding.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is accepting proposals for its FY20 Major Bridge Program.  Applications must be submitted to the IDOT District Local Roads office by September 19, 2014.

Local Technical Assistance

The Northwest Herald and First Electric Newspaper previewed the Fox River Corridor Plan kickoff meeting held this week by the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville.

Residents can learn more about North Chicago's comprehensive plan at two upcoming events.  City and CMAP staff will solicit input at North Chicago Community Days (1850 Lewis Ave.) on August 2-3, and a public meeting will be held August 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Chicago Public Library (2100 Argonne Dr.).  An on-line survey will also be available through August 31, 2014.

Suburban Life featured the Village of Hinsdale's parking management plan.  CMAP's Lindsay Bayley was quoted. 

The Village of Arlington Heights has initiated a bicycle and pedestrian plan

The Town of Cicero is developing a comprehensive plan, as described by Suburban Life.


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).

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.


Berwyn Depot District parking workshop
August 2, 2014
10:30 a.m. to noon
Berwyn Police Department:  6401 W. 31st Street, Berwyn
Hosted by the City of Berwyn, the Berwyn Development Corporation, and CMAP
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North Chicago public meeting
August 12, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
North Chicago Public Library:  2100 Argonne Drive, North Chicago
Hosted by the City of North Chicago and CMAP
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