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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-2-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, comment periods on the proposed GO TO 2040 amendment, TIP conformity amendment, and FY 2014-18 CMAQ program, news on implementation of the Fairmont neighborhood plan, a new Policy Update on the selection of a private concessionaire for Port of Chicago operations, and a reminder to submit proposals for the Transportation Alternatives Program. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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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).

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

Fairmont implementation underway. The Herald-News highlighted the Fairmont community's implementation of its neighborhood plan, including a new neighborhood garden and plans for a sidewalk near the local school. The plan was developed in partnership with Will County through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Policy Updates. In late July, the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, and Illinois International Port District announced the selection of a private concessionaire to operate the Port of Chicago for a 62-year lease, which is expected to bring in $500 million of private investment to improve the port's infrastructure and create up to 1,000 new jobs over the next ten years.

Other News and Announcements

LTA program. Among recent highlights from CMAP's LTA program:

Illinois Innovation Index. This month's Illinois Innovation Index highlights the state's performance across selected clusters.

Save the date: UIC Urban Forum. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will host its annual Urban Forum on December 5, 2013. This year's theme is "Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions."

MPC on the National Foreclosure Settlement Award. MPC blogged about the recently awarded $70 million in grants to support community revitalization and housing counseling through the National Foreclosure Settlement. CMAP was awarded $448,448 to create a toolkit and provide training that will allow communities to produce their own Homes for a Changing Region plans. Some of the funding will go to MPC and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to support their work on the project.

ILMA event. The Illinois Lake Management Association will host a "point of discussion" event about natural shoreline restoration on August 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Onion Pub and Brewery (2221 Pepper Road, Lake Barrington).

The Art of Concrete Art. The Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG) will host an after-work party on uses for concrete, including public art for civic spaces, on August 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete plant (2222 S. Lumber, Chicago). The event will feature live demonstrations by CPAG artists with stamped, stained, color-infused, polished, and exposed concrete. For more information, please contact CPAG's Jon Pounds (312-427-2724 or

RTA draft plan for comment. The Regional Transportation Authority released its draft Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) 2013 Update for public comment through August 30, 2013. This update to the 2007 Public Transit-HSTP will allow northeastern Illinois to access federal Section 5310 transportation funding, as authorized by Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the federal transportation reauthorization.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted a webinar on the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Highway Safety Improvement Program and its ability to fund bicycle and pedestrian projects. We also announced FHWA's release of final guidance on the Transportation Alternatives Program, for which CMAP is currently accepting applications. Finally, we featured a new report that examines cycling among minority groups.


FY 2013-14 Transportation Alternatives program call for projects. CMAP is now accepting proposals to build bicycle and pedestrian facilities using funding from the new federal Transportation Alternatives Program. 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). Applications are due August 20, 2013.

Congestion pricing. Now is the time for our region to implement congestion pricing, with express toll lanes that will help manage traffic and give drivers better choices for getting around, as described at Several charts show estimated travel-time improvements on five GO TO 2040 projects. To support that effort, please contact CMAP principal planner Erin Aleman (312-386-8816 or

Performance-based funding. GO TO 2040 recommends that transportation funding decisions be based on transparent evaluation criteria, and calls on the region's transportation stakeholders to develop and utilize the necessary performance measures. A new microsite describes how "performance-based funding" can improve transparency and decision making and includes a compendium of related CMAP research and analysis.

Climate adaptation toolkit. CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program has created a new resource at to help local municipalities adjust their planning and investment decisions to address future weather impacts. 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.

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).

NLSD plan. The Illinois and Chicago Departments of Transportation are partnering on a plan to improve North Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. Provide feedback at three public meetings to be held August 6-8, 2013.


Niles planning workshop on Milwaukee Avenue design
August 7, 2013
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Niles Village Library: 6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles
Hosted by the Village of Niles
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From Concrete to Abstract: The Art of Concrete Art

August 15, 2013

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete: 2222 S. Lumber, Chicago

Hosted by the Chicago Public Art Group
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