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August 29, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-29-14

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Staff progress report.  The fourth quarter progress report (April through June) based on CMAP's FY14 work plan is now on-line. 

CMAQ in the news.  Several projects funded by CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program were in the news this week.  The Chicago Tribune described a tour of construction of the Bloomingdale Trail (aka The 606).  The Woodstock Independent covered the progress of improvements along Highway 14, including widening lanes and installation of a paved trail.  Streetsblog Chicago highlighted the "Walk to Transit" initiative that will target 20 CTA stations for simple infrastructure upgrades.  Finally, the American Public Works Association named Busse Woods Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over Higgins Road, its transportation project of the year.  Read more in the Daily Herald.


Other News and Announcements

Soles and Spokes.  The new book Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations highlights street projects from around the U.S. as examples for communities to understand and create innovative street designs and treatments.  We also featured a City of Chicago and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) report on 2013 efforts to install and improve bikeways.

Stormwater seminars.  The Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will host "Beyond the Basics: Making Green Stormwater Practices Pay Off for Your Community," from September 9-10 at the Morton Arboretum (4100 Illinois 53, Lisle) and Bobak's Signature Events (6440 Double Eagle Dr., Woodridge).  Early registration ends September 1.

Logan Square Blue Line workshops.  The Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with the office of Alderman Rey Colon (35th Ward, Chicago), will host three meetings about the future of the bus terminal, parking lot, and plaza around Chicago's Logan Square Blue Line entrance at the northwest corner of Milwaukee and Kedzie Avenues.  The meetings will be held September 9, 16, and 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hairpin Arts Center (2810 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago). 

De-icing workshops.  The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and partners will host de-icing workshops on October 7 (roads) and 8 (parking lots, sidewalks) from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Lake County Central Permit Facility (500 W. Winchester Road Libertyville).  Pre-registration is required by October 1. The commission also featured the Nine Lakes Watershed-Based Plan in their August e-newsletter

Government budget award.  The Government Finance Officers Association awarded McHenry County its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for proficiency in governmental budgeting. 


Local Technical Assistance

Pace, with cooperation from the Southwest Conference of Mayors, is developing a 95th Street Transportation Plan that serves Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Bridgeview, Hickory Hills, and Palos Hills. Residents can submit input on transit needs and potential corridor alternatives via an on-line survey through October 11.  The study helps facilitate the implementation goals of the recently adopted Oak Lawn 95th Street Corridor Plan.



FLIP applications.  Applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program are due September 22.  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.



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