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August 8, 2014

CMAP Weekly Update, 8-8-14

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REMINDER:  August Board and Local Coordinating Committee meetings cancelled.  The CMAP Board and Local Coordinating Committee will not meet in August.  They will next meet, respectively, at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8.

Freight in the news.  The Trade Corridor Bulletin covered CMAP's Regional Freight Task Force report, which recommends increased planning, funding, and programming to support metropolitan Chicago's multimodal system. 

Other News and Announcements

CMAQ in the news.  A Lake County News-Sun editorial discussed two adaptive traffic signal projects being tested in Lake County, which are partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program

Soles and Spokes.  ChangeLab Solutions report explains how communities can use zoning and subdivision codes to become more walkable and bikeable.  We also featured a U.S. EPA report on the connections between smart growth strategies and the fiscal strength of local governments.

Red and Purple Line modernization.  On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the CTA will receive a $35 million grant to help modernize the north branch of the Red and Purple Lines, a project recommended in GO TO 2040.  Read more in Crain's Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune

UIC Urban Forum.  An agenda and registration are now available for the University of Illinois at Chicago's 2014 Urban Forum on September 18, which will be held at 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago.  This year's theme is The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy, and discussions will focus on role the neighborhood plays in building a strong, livable urban region. 

Climate planning workshop.  The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois State Climate Office, and Midwest Regional Climate Center, in partnership with CMAP, will host "Resilient Chicago:  Climate Planning for the Future" on September 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at our offices (233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago).  Register for the free, one-day workshop. 

New IDOT website.  The Illinois Department of Transportation launched its new website,, on Wednesday. An overview video helps users navigate the site.

Local Technical Assistance

The Village of Niles, building on recommendations from the community's Environmental Action Plan, is holding a contest to recognize environmentally friendly businesses.  Read more in the Herald-Spectator.

The Village of Hinsdale is implementing suggestions from its Innovative Parking Management Plan, as described by Suburban Life.

CMAP and the Center for Neighborhood Technology studied water loss control practices and challenges faced by Lake Michigan water suppliers, resulting in a report with recommendations for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources water allocation program.

Our Urban Times
 previewed a presentation from CMAP's Lindsay Bayley on the parking study for Chicago's Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood.


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). 

2014 ArcGIS workshops.  CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and available dates include September 17-18, November 5-6, and December 3-4.  The cost is $350.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (

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. 

Transportation planning conference.  The Illinois Department of Transportation fall planning conference will be held on October 9-10, 2014 in Bloomington-Normal.  Pre-registration is due September 25.


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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