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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-30-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, the public comment period ends September 3, 2013, for a proposed amendment that would add the Illiana Corridor project to the GO TO 2040 comprehensive plan list of fiscally constrained projects, as well as a conformity amendment to the FFY2010-15 Transportation Improvement Program, news coverage of nexus, economic development incentives reports. Subscribe to get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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GO TO 2040 comment period ends TUESDAY. 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 ends September 3, 2013. The Board and MPO Policy Committee are scheduled to vote on the amendment in October. Yesterday, the Illinois Department of Transportation released new information that included financial information, which could potentially trigger another plan amendment since it may have substantial impacts on another major capital project. Staff is currently analyzing this issue. 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).

Policy analyses in the news. The Daily Herald covered last Friday's event with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and the Golden Corridor Manufacturing Group, where I had the opportunity to highlight CMAP's industry cluster research, including the recently released freight-manufacturing nexus report. The article includes video and photos from the event, which was held at Sandvick Coromant Company in Schaumburg. The nexus report was also featured in the National Association of Regional Councils eRegions newsletter. In other news, Evanston Now wrote a two-part series on tax increment financing (TIF) districts and sales tax rebates, featuring analysis from CMAP's new economic development incentives report.

Other News and Announcements

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

  • The Journal & Topics previewed a meeting held this week for development of an Apache Park Neighborhood Plan by the City of Des Plaines, which will address crime prevention through environmental design, an innovative approach to improving the appearance and safety of buildings and outdoor spaces.
  • CMAP and the Urban Land Institute Chicago are working with the Village of Lincolnwood and the City of Chicago to evaluate the redevelopment potential of the Devon Avenue corridor between McCormick Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue. Residents are invited to share ideas at a community roundtable will a panel of experts on September 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lincolnwood Village Hall (Council Chambers, 6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood). To RSVP, contact ULI Chicago's Cindy McSherry (773-549-4972 or

Bloomingdale Trail. Ground was broken this week on the Bloomingdale Trail, which will ultimately link multiple parks and other public recreation areas as a system to be known as "the 606." Read more in the City of Chicago press release, along with related media coverage. Among the funding sources is $51.9M from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program (CMAQ) administered by CMAP. Read more about this project on our Soles and Spokes blog.

BRT newsletter. A Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) newsletter features survey results on public opinion regarding mass transit and bus rapid transit, an upcoming roundtable at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) on September 11, and more.

Illinois Innovation Index. This month's Illinois Innovation Index highlights exports, with World Business Chicago data showing that export values in Chicago and the State of Illinois hit record highs in 2012.

RTA draft plan comment due today. The Regional Transportation Authority released its draft Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) 2013 Update for public comment through today, 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.

Photo contest. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is hosting its second annual photo contest. Entries can be submitted through Flickr between September 1-15.

De-icing workshops. The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and Lake County Health Department are hosting two de-icing workshops on October 1 (on roads) and 2 (on parking lots and sidewalks) in Libertyville. Registration must be received by September 25.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog featured the new Chicago Department of Transportation Complete Streets website.


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. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.

FLIP applications. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply through September 23 to CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program. Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

MPC annual luncheon. MPC will hold its annual luncheon on November 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive). The luncheon's theme is "Accelerating Change" and will feature a keynote address by Margo Georgiadis, President, Americas, Google.