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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-8-16

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CMAP meetings.  The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, April 13, 2016, followed by the CMAP Executive Committee at 11:00 a.m.

Transportation deficit.  On Monday the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) released its findings that Illinois needs to invest $43 billion over the next decade in its neglected transportation infrastructure.  In a talk to the City Club of Chicago, MPC senior fellow James R. Reilly outlined their proposal, which calls for the State of Illinois to institute a 30-cent motor fuel tax increase and a 50-percent increase of motor vehicle registration fees.  RTA executive director Leanne Redden spoke on Tuesday at the City Club, reinforcing the need for increased transit funding.  Read more in Crain's, the Chicago Transportation Journal, and Chicago Streetsblog

More on transit.  These activities in our region happen in the context of a national conversation on the need to invest in public transportation.

Tollway news.  The Illinois Tollway has released its 2015 Annual Report, Focus on Progress: Transforming Transportation.  The Tollway also announced it is seeking firms for upcoming work on Illinois Route 53/120, which is part of its 15-year, $12 billion capital Move Illinois project and one of the GO TO 2040 major capital projects.

ON TO 2050 public engagement.  CMAP looks forward to ON TO 2050 workshops next week with graduate students in the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Administration, students at Glenbard South High School, the Valley Industrial Commission, and the City of Evanston.  We thank CMAP partners -- including the Kane Kendall Council of Mayors and Chicago Plus (a regional consortium of convention and visitors bureaus) -- for their continued help in scheduling workshop discussions of the plan's development.  To arrange an ON TO 2050 workshop with your community group, contact Jane Grover ( or 312-386-8802).  If you can't attend a workshop, share your #2050BigIdeas with us on Twitter (@ONTO2050) and Facebook or email us directly at

Local Technical Assistance

Fox River study expansion.  The Northwest Herald previewed an upcoming plan for the Fox River corridor in McHenry County.  The new study builds on a recently adopted plan for the corridor in the Village of Algonquin and the Village of Carpentersville.  Both plans represent partnerships between the Fox River municipalities and counties, with support from CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Franklin Park industrial space investment.  The Chicago Tribune described the purchase of a distribution center in Franklin Park, with local officials citing the Village's LTA-supported 2014 industrial corridor plan as having helped to elevate the area in the eyes of developers.

Parking study.  The DuPage Policy Journal reported that the Village of Lisle Board of Trustees agreed to move ahead on a proposed downtown parking study, which was selected for LTA support during the 2016 call for projects

Other News and Announcements

National Freight Strategic Plan.  CMAP has submitted a comment on the draft National Freight Strategic Plan released by the U.S. Department of Transportation in October, 2015.  A CMAP Policy Update outlines the major components of the plan.

Sole and Spokes.  The Federal Highway Administration's has released updated bicycle and pedestrian funding opportunities, which provide specific program requirements for bicycle and pedestrian projects for federal transit and highway programs.  We also featured FHWA's 2015 review of international best practices for creating safe, comfortable, and connected bicycle and pedestrian networks.

Bike equity.  The Trib and the Chicago Reader wrote about the need for bicycle facilities and services like Divvy in minority areas, and the City of Chicago's efforts to respond.  Divvy is partially funded by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program

Bicycling myths.  The Washington Post featured five myths about bicycling, touching on bike sharing, congestion, and equity.

Government efficiency.  Transform Illinois, a statewide collaborative of civic organizations, elected officials, and research institutions, held a news conference in the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 6, to promote more than 20 bills intended to increase local government efficiency.

New source for data visualizations.  The Chicagoist posted about DataUSA, a new tool from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Deloitte meant to visualize public data and make it more accessible.
APA call for sessions.  The American Planning Association  Illinois Chapter is accepting session proposals for its state conference, which will be held from Wednesday, September 28 to Friday, September 30, 2016, in Chicago.  Applications for sessions are due by Friday, May 6.

ITEP applications.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a call for applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP).  The program provides funding for community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the state's transportation infrastructure.  IDOT will accept ITEP applications beginning on Monday, May 2, and ending on Friday, June 17.

Local, natural landscapes.  This week, Openlands announced #DiscoverYourPlace, an initiative to raise awareness of the special outdoor and natural areas in the backyards of metropolitan Chicago's residents.  Residents are encouraged to use the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to highlight natural landscapes in the region.

Overflow action days.  Friends of the Chicago River has organized Overflow Action Days to encourage residents to conserve water and help keep wastewater treatment facilities from being overwhelmed during heavy rain events.

PBS series on built environment.  WTTW is featuring a four-part series about 10 buildings, homes, parks, and towns that changed America.  The programs, hosted by Geoffrey Baer, air nationally through the month of April.


Chicago River Day.  The Friends of the Chicago River will hold their annual clean-up event on Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, at 65 locations throughout the river system.  Registration is now open.

Municipal survey.  CMAP's 2016 municipal survey is now available.  The biennial survey of municipal governments helps CMAP to identify the types of technical assistance projects that are provided through the CMAP LTA program, inform policy analysis of such topics as transportation funding and management, and track the implementation of GO TO 2040 by updating indicators of progress.  CMAP will accept responses through April 29.

2016 FLIP applications due May 2.  CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is accepting applications for its 2016 summer program.  FLIP engages local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for the region.  This summer the program will meet for six days total over two weeks in July.  Please share a behind-the-scenes video of FLIP, along with the PDF application or online application form to students in the CMAP region.  Questions can be sent to Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766) or Marisa Prasse ( or 312-386-8670).

Bicycle usage survey.  Residents of northeastern Illinois can provide input on bicycle usage at  CMAP will use this input to develop an analysis tool to help better determine the relative benefits of implementing different types of bicycle improvements.


South Side Bike Routes Public Meeting
April 12, 2016
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago
More information

Pilsen/Little Village Resident Service Fair
April 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S. Western Ave., Chicago

North Lawndale Community Planning Conference
April 16, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DRW College Prep, 931 S. Homan Ave., Chicago
More information

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