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Weekly Update, 12-1-2017

Dec 4, 2017

Weekly Update, 12-1-2017

No CMAP Board meeting for December

Just a reminder that the CMAP Board will not meet in December. Its next scheduled meeting is at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. 

Municipal Capacity

The capacity of municipalities throughout northeastern Illinois to pursue their own local and regional goals varies widely and is often insufficient. To achieve goals that will be set forth in ON TO 2050, the region must take deliberate, focused action to improve the capacity of all municipal governments to lead. The new Municipal Capacity strategy paper, authored by CMAP and the Metropolitan Planning Council, identifies individual efforts that municipalities may take themselves and collective efforts that CMAP, the civic community, counties, councils of government, communities, and other partners can take to bolster municipal capacity. By building municipalities' networks, expertise, and capabilities, the region will ensure more communities can effectively implement local and regional goals.

Planning in the news

Strategic plan for transit
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has issued its draft Invest in Transit: the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for public comment through December 31. Based on two years of research, close collaboration with the CTA, Metra, and Pace, and extensive outreach to stakeholders, the plan will also be considered in eight public hearings where residents across the region can learn more and provide feedback. Read more in an RTA press release.
 
More transit news
The CTA announced a fare increase to help stem the tide of aging infrastructure and rising costs. Read more in their budget Q&A. Also, the City of Chicago released a Request for Qualifications to Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain O'Hare Express System, with proposals due on January 24.
 
Oswego redevelopment
The Village of Oswego announced it has agreed to terms with a developer to convert a downtown lumberyard that has been vacant for years. The project is related to recent market analysis for the Village conducted with support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. Read more at Kendall County Now.

Around the region

Agricultural climate adaptation
Crain's Chicago Business had a multimedia feature on how climate change is affecting agriculture and communities in Illinois. Among future adaptations farmers are considering, per Crain's, current crops like soybeans might need to be replaced by fruit traditionally raised in southern climates.
 
Congestion pricing for NYC
The New York Times is covering the statewide politics of that city's renewed quest to implement one form of congestion pricing after a prior effort stalled in 2008. While the New York City proposal differs significantly from what CMAP recommends for our regional expressways, the principle of managing lanes to improve traffic flow has proven successful elsewhere across the U.S.
 
North American Climate Summit
Next Monday through Wednesday, December 4-6, the North American Climate Summit will bring together leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to sign the Chicago Climate Charter and commit to addressing climate change at the local level. Among several related activities, on Sunday, December 3, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Field Museum will host the Chicago Community Climate Forum, a gathering of leaders from the region to discuss building strong communities and taking action on climate change. 
 
On Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., City Digital will host a Climate Forum about how urban-centric technology and climate strategies can be leveraged to meet the intentions of the Paris Accord. Register here. Also on Monday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., global city mayors will discuss their efforts to combat climate change in a program moderated by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Conference Center (130 E. Randolph St., Chicago). Registration is required.
 
CMAP Certification Review 
The public has an opportunity to provide comments to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) representatives in an open public meeting concerning the transportation planning process in the Chicago metropolitan area. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago).
                                 
This public meeting is part of a review that will assess compliance with regulations pertaining to the transportation planning process conducted by CMAP, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago Transit Authority, Metra rail, Pace bus, and other planning partners.  
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please address your comments to:
 
John Donovan
Federal Highway Administration
Illinois Division
200 W. Adams St., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606 
 
or 
 
Tony Greep
Federal Transit Administration
Region V
200 W. Adams St., Suite 320
Chicago, IL  60606
 
Individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids for services should contact CMAP by calling or writing: CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-454-0400.

Events

APA Brainstorming Session
CMAP
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
December 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. to noon
 
Mileage Based User Fee Workshop
CMAP
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
December 11, 2017
8:30 a.m. to noon
 
Chicago River Edge Ideas Lab Gallery Talk
with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Expo 72
72 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
December 12, 2017
Noon to 1:00 p.m.