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Weekly update, 12-15-17

Dec 26, 2017

Inclusive Growth in the news

The latest edition of ProfitWise, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, includes a Q&A with CMAP and the Metropolitan Planning Council on the role of economic inclusion in promoting regional prosperity. The article highlights CMAP's Inclusive Growth strategy paper, which identifies a number of ways CMAP and partners can better connect all people and communities to a thriving economy to benefit the entire region. Inclusive growth is one of three over-arching principles of ON TO 2050, as described in the Plan Preview.

CMAP happenings

Census workshops
CMAP is hosting free workshops about how to use the U.S. Census Bureau website. Space is limited, so contact Jon Hallas (jhallas@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8764) to RSVP. The program will be offered at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago) from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., on January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16, 2018.

Planning in the news

Congestion pricing
The Illinois Department of Transportation has proposed adding two new congestion-priced lanes in each direction to manage congestion on the Stevenson Expressway. Congestion pricing is a GO TO 2040 recommendation, and CMAP supports this effort provided that any public-private arrangement to execute the plan is carefully structured to protect the public interest. Read more in the Chicago Tribune. The Columbia Chronicle and WILL-AM radio in Champaign-Urbana also recently reported on potential benefits and other considerations of implementing congestion pricing in the Chicago region.

CTA fares
Both the CTA Board and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) approved an increase in CTA fares for 2018. This is the first increase in CTA's base fare in nine years, and will help address rising costs and aging infrastructure.

Around the region

RTA public comment
The RTA has issued its draft Invest in Transit: the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for public comment through December 31.

Events

Census Workshop
CMAP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800 
Chicago, IL 60606
January 17, 2018
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
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