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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-16-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, a new report on metropolitan Chicago's Freight-Manufacturing Nexus, proposals for the Transportation Alternatives Program due Tuesday, EI2 rebates will expire soon, a new transit task force, an update on legislation supporting GO TO 2040 comment periods on the proposed GO TO 2040 amendment, TIP conformity amendment, and FY 2014-18 CMAQ program. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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Nexus report. CMAP has released The Freight-Manufacturing Nexus: Metropolitan Chicago's Built-in Advantage, which explores how the convergence of the national freight system in metropolitan Chicago offers distinct competitive advantages to this region's resurgent manufacturing cluster. The powerful "freight-manufacturing nexus" consists of three core industries: manufacturing firms, freight carriers, and logistics providers, which are responsible for transforming inputs from supply industries (including extraction and raw materials, power generation) into goods consumed by customer industries (wholesale, retail, and consumers). For more information, read a Policy Update on the report.

TAP proposals due TUESDAY. Proposals for bicycle and pedestrian facilities through the new federal Transportation Alternatives Program are due to CMAP by Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Local or regional government entities responsible for transportation or multi-use trails are eligible to apply. Applicants must provide at least 20 percent of the total project cost from non-federal sources, and these matching funds must already be committed when the proposal is submitted to CMAP. For more information, contact Jesse Elam ( or 312-386-8688).

EI2 rebates expiring soon. Time is running out to take advantage of rebates to improve the comfort of your home. Energy Impact Illinois-certified contractor availability is filing up fast and rebates of up to $1,750 are only available for those who complete work by September 20, 2013. To see if you qualify for the rebate, please call 1-855-9-IMPACT today. Local utilities will continue to provide rebates of smaller amounts once EI2 rebates expire. Read more about EI2 and other local efforts to improve energy efficiency at WBEZ.

Transit task force. Governor Quinn issued an executive order creating a Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force yesterday to examine "ways to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse and streamline operations to ensure improved transit service." CMAP Board member Raul Raymundo is among the 15-member group.

Springfield update. Several pieces of legislation supporting GO TO 2040 recommendations have been signed into law by the Governor. SB 494 and SB 1585 both support the recommendations under Efficient Governance; CMAP recently explored this further in a Policy Update. Another bill signed into law was HB 1522, authorizing DuPage and Peoria counties to consider the adoption of a stormwater utility in place of a property tax to fund flood control projects. GO TO 2040 specifically endorses the concept of stormwater utilities and prepared a related report. Adding more parks to provide recreation and open space to as many residents as possible is a key recommendation in GO TO 2040, and SB 1637 signed by the Governor this week helps boost this effort by ensuring that 50 percent of the funding for OLSAD grants is available up-front to applicants.

Other News and Announcements

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

  • The Chicago Tribune described the Homes for Changing Region project underway for Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin, and West Dundee, in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus. The piece summarizes public feedback received on the plan to date.
  • The Trib also summarized a recent public meeting in Niles for the development of its bicycle and pedestrian plan. The bike-ped plan will help implement the Niles Environmental Action Plan.
  • The Journal & Topics covered efforts by the City of Des Plaines to develop an Apache Park Neighborhood Plan, which will address crime prevention through environmental design, an innovative approach to improving the appearance and safety of buildings and outdoor spaces.
  • The Innovation in Parking Management Plan web page highlights survey responses from those who live, work, and play in Chicago's Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood. Feedback on the plan, which is under development with the local Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce/ Special Service Area #33, will be gathered at through August 25.

Case studies library. As a recently incorporated community, the Village of Campton Hills requested assistance with the revision of their comprehensive plan to help guide development and preserve and protect their natural resources, agricultural heritage, and community character. Since the plan's adoption, the Village has started on implementation through a plan commissioner training workshop and more. Implementation activities for other completed LTA projects and local examples of plan implementation are featured in the GO TO 2040 case studies library. For more information, please contact Lindsay Bayley ( or 312-386-8826). Lindsay Bayley discussed the case studies library with WDCB this week.

Economic development incentives in the news. The Trib covered CMAPs new economic development incentives report, which was also featured in NARC's eRegions newsletter.

CMAP media tip sheet. CMAP's latest tip sheet includes information on a new economic development incentives report, a recent foreclosure settlement award to benefit housing planning in the region, recent additions to CMAP's GO TO 2040 case studies library, the allocation of Transportation Alternatives Program funding, and the GO TO 2040 comment period.

ArcGIS workshops. CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop. One seat is available for the August 28 to 29 workshop. The cost is $350. To register, please contact Jan Drennan (

NARC livability portal. The National Association of Regional Councils launched a livability portal as part of a two-year partnership with the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration. The portal includes resources and tools for local governments, including some from CMAP, to plan for livability.

ITEP applications due Tuesday. Proposals for the Illinois Department of Transportation's 2013 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program are due Tuesday, August 20, 2013. A guidelines manual is available for reference.

Housing solutions forum. A housing event, "New Partnerships and Novel Plans: Housing Solutions for People with Disabilities" will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with reception to follow) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan is an invited speaker at this event, which is sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust in partnership with the Pierce Family Foundation, The Coleman Foundation, the CCT Persons with Disabilities Fund, and the Supportive Housing Providers Association. For details, contact Katie Groen of Sheridan Ventures (202-285-0409 or

Freight executive program. Northwestern University's Transportation Center is hosting an executive education program, "Freight Transportation and Logistics: Delivering Results" from September 9-11, 2013.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted a research brief from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which reviews and summarizes previous research on strategies for increasing the use of bicycles as a mode of daily transportation. We also posted recent clarification from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Transportation on when Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant curb ramps and landings must be provided as part of roadway alteration projects.


FY 2014-18 CMAQ program comment period. CMAP seeks comment on proposed projects adding an additional $285 million in the FY 2014-18 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. The proposed five-year program includes projects that improve air quality, mitigate congestion, and help to implement GO TO 2040. It is available for public comment through 4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2013.

GO TO 2040 comment period. CMAP seeks comment on a proposed amendment that would add the Illiana Corridor project to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan list of fiscally constrained projects. The 32-day comment period lasts from August 2 to September 3, 2013. The Board and MPO Policy Committee are scheduled to vote on the amendment in October. In addition, a conformity amendment to the FFY 2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) has been released for comment through September 3, 2013. See the CMAP website for a description of conformity. To comment on either the GO TO 2040 or TIP amendments, please write to CMAP, ATTN Plan and TIP amendments, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago IL 60606. Comments can also be made via CMAP by e-mail, or phone (312-454-0400).

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.

Performance-based funding. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria. A CMAP microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making and includes a compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

FLIP applications. Applications are still available for next year's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the 2013-14 school year are eligible. The final deadline for applications is September 23. For more information, contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).


Water Rates and Revenues workshop
August 28, 2013
8:30 a.m. to noon
DuPage Water Commission headquarters: 600 E. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst
Hosted by the DuPage Water Commission, Metropolitan Planning Council, MWH Global, and CMAP
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