Committee Updates

Committee Updates

Learn the latest from CMAP’s Board and committees. Read about timely developments, upcoming topics, and highlights from recent meetings. Please see the archive for previous committee updates.

January update

Virtual meeting of the CMAP Board

As part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff will present on mobility recovery efforts underway to help the region mitigate a likely rebound in congestion, sustain the transit system, and increase the resiliency of our multimodal transportation system. Additionally, as the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, CMAP is required to establish highway safety performance targets on an annual basis to track progress toward the long-term goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. At the CMAP Board meeting on January 13, staff will request approval of the 2021 Regional Highway Safety Performance Targets. To make progress on achieving these targets, CMAP is kicking off a Safety Action Agenda over the coming months that will bring together safety experts from across the region.

Committee meeting recordings

Recent CMAP committee meetings are available on our YouTube site.

Committee updates

Agenda items are subject to change. To check meeting agendas and access all committee materials, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/committees.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Meets next on Wednesday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m.

At the December 2 meeting, attendees had an engaging conversation about how to stay active this winter. The Active Transportation Alliance discussed the organization’s efforts to help build the capacity of communities to apply for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funds. CMAP staff provided an overview of the upcoming regional call for projects for the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund programs, and reviewed the updated active transportation components of the STP Shared Fund program. In addition, CMAP staff presented on the upcoming Safety Action Agenda, which will kick off in early 2021. The work program will address growing concerns about traffic safety in the region.

Board
Meets next on Wednesday, January 13, at 9:30 a.m.

As part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff will present on mobility recovery efforts underway to help the region mitigate a likely rebound in congestion, sustain the transit system, and increase the resiliency of our multimodal transportation system. Additionally, as the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, CMAP is required to establish highway safety performance targets on an annual basis and use a set of performance measures to track progress toward the long-term goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. At the CMAP Board meeting on January 13, staff will request approval of the 2021 Regional Highway Safety Performance Targets. To make progress on achieving these targets, CMAP is kicking off a Safety Action Agenda over the coming months that will bring together safety experts from across the region.

At the November 18 meeting of the CMAP Board, staff presented an overview of the climate focus area work plan, as well as provided updates on project progress thus far. 

Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m.

At the December 8 meeting of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the committee reviewed work taking place across the agency on water planning and policy. Staff from the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant presented on a report coauthored with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Elevate Energy on water affordability, cost burdens, and the need for infrastructure investment. CMAP staff presented on an initiative to integrate analysis of water supply and demand conditions, and identify potential land use, water efficiency and conservation, and other policy recommendations within Local Technical Assistance (LTA) plans. In addition, CMAP staff presented on the Robbins Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Industrial Areas Plan, which is centered on a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) plan to build a stormwater park that will reduce flooding and create new community development opportunities.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Project Selection Committee
Meets next on Thursday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m.

At the October 29 meeting, CMAP staff presented the timeline for the 2021 CMAQ/TAP-L call for projects that will be open from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5, 2021. Additionally, staff presented on the program status of active and deferred CMAQ and TAP-L projects, and the committee approved requested program changes.

Coordinating Committee
Meets next on Wednesday, February 10, at 8:00 a.m.

At the November 18 meeting of the Coordinating Committee, CMAP staff summarized the activities performed in the Embedded Staff Planner program, which is now in its third and final year. Staff also shared how the program was adjusted to respond to the pandemic. Additionally, staff presented recently published research on best practices for improving local development incentives.

Council of Mayors Executive Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, January 19, at 9:30 a.m.

At the October 27 meeting, the Council of Mayors Executive Committee received an update from CMAP staff on effective practices for local governments to improve local development incentives and discussed how CMAP will be conducting outreach during the next few months.

Economic Development Committee
Meets next on Monday, January 25, at 9:30 a.m.

CMAP is working with EBP and Moody’s Analytics to project regional employment over the next 30 years as part of a federally required update to the ON TO 2050 Socioeconomic Forecast. At the January 25 meeting, EBP and Moody’s will provide an overview of the region’s economic outlook and the major drivers underlying the forecast, including those related to COVID-19, contingent workers, and changing work arrangements. CMAP staff will also present on a work plan to implement ON TO 2050 recommendations regarding climate mitigation and resilience.

At the October 26 meeting, the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development provided an overview of the INVEST South/West initiative. CMAP staff provided an update on the Garfield Green Line South LTA project that CMAP is working on with Elevated Chicago, community groups, and the RTA. The project will update the community’s work plan with the specific goal of continuing progress on turning the station into a community asset. 

Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Meets next in a joint session with the Economic Development Committee on Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m.

At the January 7 meeting, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee discussed the committee’s 2021 work plan. CMAP staff presented an analysis of existing on-road mobile source greenhouse gas emissions modeling, as well as recent work with McHenry County and the City of McHenry to develop a corridor plan that improves river-related commerce natural resources, multimodal transportation, and public access and recreational use to/on the Fox River. In addition, CMAP staff presented on recent efforts to develop a watershed-based plan for Indian Creek in the Lower Fox River Basin. The plan will identify planning, policy, outreach and education, and on-the-ground project recommendations that will help improve and protect water quality throughout the Indian Creek watershed, as well as the downstream Fox River.

Freight Committee
Meets next on Monday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m.

At the December 7 meeting, CMAP staff presented an overview of the FY21 climate focus area work plan, as well as updates on project progress thus far. Additionally, staff provided an overview of the 2021 call for projects for the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. These federal programs fund multimodal surface transportation projects, including improvements to highways, traffic control, highway-rail grade crossings, truck routes, and alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.

Human and Community Development Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, February 9, at 10:00 a.m.

At the December 8 meeting, CMAP staff solicited feedback on upcoming work on disinvestment, a pervasive and self-reinforcing combination of declining employment, population, investment, and tax base. The project will seek to identify intervention points in these cycles and recommend policy solutions. Initial work focuses on the prevalence, distribution, and impacts of vacancy in the region. Additionally, staff presented an overview of CMAP's climate focus area and engaged members in a discussion about initial scoping of work assessing and mitigating climate impacts on socially vulnerable populations and disinvested communities.

Land Use and Housing Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, February 2, at 9:30 a.m.

At the November 10 meeting, CMAP staff provided an update on the agency’s climate change initiatives and solicited feedback on the beginning stages of a policy project on disinvestment in the region. Additionally, staff announced new committee chairs, who will lead the committee during 2021. At the upcoming February meeting, staff will introduce the committee’s 2021 work plan.

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee
Meets next on Thursday, January 14, at 9:30 a.m.

As part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff will present on mobility recovery efforts underway to help the region mitigate a likely rebound in congestion, sustain the transit system, and increase the resiliency of our multimodal transportation system. Additionally, at the January 14 meeting, CMAP staff will request MPO approval of the 2021 Highway Safety Targets. To work toward implementing more strategies that will address the region’s complex traffic safety challenges, CMAP staff will present on the upcoming Safety Action Agenda, which will kick off in early 2021.

At the joint Board and MPO meeting in October, CMAP staff gave an update on the newly launched Local Government Network, an effort to support the region’s municipalities. Additionally, staff provided a report on the performance of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and established emissions reduction targets. The Board and MPO Policy Committee also approved the Federal Fiscal Years 2021–2025 Local Surface Transportation Programs, which allocate over $600 million for more than 270 transportation projects selected by the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago.

Surface Transportation Program (STP) Project Selection Committee
Meets next on Thursday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m.

At the October 29 meeting, the committee approved the draft application booklet and schedule for the FFY 2022–2026 STP Shared Fund call for projects that will be open from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5, 2021.

Tier II Consultation Committee
Tier II Consultation meetings are held on call. Please check the committee’s webpage for updates on future meetings.

At the December 17 meeting, the committee discussed the region’s nonattainment status and the release of a new air quality model (MOVES3) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The region is currently classified as serious nonattainment for the 2008 ozone standard and may be bumped up to severe if ozone monitor readings don’t improve in upcoming ozone seasons. With regards to the 2015 ozone standard, a recent court case has resulted in McHenry County being reclassified from attainment to nonattainment, and it is once again included in the ozone nonattainment area for the region. Staff also gave a presentation on mobile source greenhouse gas emissions for the region that was produced as part of the transportation conformity modeling process.   

Transportation Committee
Meets next on Friday, February 26, at 9:30 a.m.

At the December 11 meeting, the Transportation Committee recommended the 2021 regional highway safety targets and the semi-annual ON TO 2050/TIP conformity analysis and TIP amendment to the MPO for approval. Additionally, representatives from the Regional Transportation Authority, Metra, CTA, and Pace each presented on their respective 2021–2025 capital programs, and CMAP staff presented an analysis of existing on-road mobile source greenhouse emissions modeling.

To learn more or attend

For questions about committee meetings, please contact the staff member listed on the Committees page. Please note that any changes to committee meeting dates or times will be listed on the individual committee’s webpage.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMAP has determined it is neither practical nor prudent to meet in person at this time. Therefore, CMAP’s committees are currently meeting virtually. If a committee member or a member of the public requires a reasonable accommodation in order to join, please contact Ingrid Witherspoon at iwitherspoon@cmap.illinois.gov at least five days in advance of the meeting. 

 


 

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Committee Updates

Learn the latest from CMAP’s Board and committees. Read about timely developments, upcoming topics, and highlights from recent meetings. Please see the archive for previous committee updates.

January update

Virtual meeting of the CMAP Board

As part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff will present on mobility recovery efforts underway to help the region mitigate a likely rebound in congestion, sustain the transit system, and increase the resiliency of our multimodal transportation system. Additionally, as the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, CMAP is required to establish highway safety performance targets on an annual basis to track progress toward the long-term goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. At the CMAP Board meeting on January 13, staff will request approval of the 2021 Regional Highway Safety Performance Targets. To make progress on achieving these targets, CMAP is kicking off a Safety Action Agenda over the coming months that will bring together safety experts from across the region.

Committee meeting recordings

Recent CMAP committee meetings are available on our YouTube site.

Committee updates

Agenda items are subject to change. To check meeting agendas and access all committee materials, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/committees.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force
Meets next on Wednesday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m.

At the December 2 meeting, attendees had an engaging conversation about how to stay active this winter. The Active Transportation Alliance discussed the organization’s efforts to help build the capacity of communities to apply for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funds. CMAP staff provided an overview of the upcoming regional call for projects for the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program, Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), and Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund programs, and reviewed the updated active transportation components of the STP Shared Fund program. In addition, CMAP staff presented on the upcoming Safety Action Agenda, which will kick off in early 2021. The work program will address growing concerns about traffic safety in the region.

Board
Meets next on Wednesday, January 13, at 9:30 a.m.

As part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff will present on mobility recovery efforts underway to help the region mitigate a likely rebound in congestion, sustain the transit system, and increase the resiliency of our multimodal transportation system. Additionally, as the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, CMAP is required to establish highway safety performance targets on an annual basis and use a set of performance measures to track progress toward the long-term goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. At the CMAP Board meeting on January 13, staff will request approval of the 2021 Regional Highway Safety Performance Targets. To make progress on achieving these targets, CMAP is kicking off a Safety Action Agenda over the coming months that will bring together safety experts from across the region.

At the November 18 meeting of the CMAP Board, staff presented an overview of the climate focus area work plan, as well as provided updates on project progress thus far. 

Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m.

At the December 8 meeting of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, the committee reviewed work taking place across the agency on water planning and policy. Staff from the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant presented on a report coauthored with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Elevate Energy on water affordability, cost burdens, and the need for infrastructure investment. CMAP staff presented on an initiative to integrate analysis of water supply and demand conditions, and identify potential land use, water efficiency and conservation, and other policy recommendations within Local Technical Assistance (LTA) plans. In addition, CMAP staff presented on the Robbins Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Industrial Areas Plan, which is centered on a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) plan to build a stormwater park that will reduce flooding and create new community development opportunities.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Project Selection Committee
Meets next on Thursday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m.

At the October 29 meeting, CMAP staff presented the timeline for the 2021 CMAQ/TAP-L call for projects that will be open from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5, 2021. Additionally, staff presented on the program status of active and deferred CMAQ and TAP-L projects, and the committee approved requested program changes.

Coordinating Committee
Meets next on Wednesday, February 10, at 8:00 a.m.

At the November 18 meeting of the Coordinating Committee, CMAP staff summarized the activities performed in the Embedded Staff Planner program, which is now in its third and final year. Staff also shared how the program was adjusted to respond to the pandemic. Additionally, staff presented recently published research on best practices for improving local development incentives.

Council of Mayors Executive Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, January 19, at 9:30 a.m.

At the October 27 meeting, the Council of Mayors Executive Committee received an update from CMAP staff on effective practices for local governments to improve local development incentives and discussed how CMAP will be conducting outreach during the next few months.

Economic Development Committee
Meets next on Monday, January 25, at 9:30 a.m.

CMAP is working with EBP and Moody’s Analytics to project regional employment over the next 30 years as part of a federally required update to the ON TO 2050 Socioeconomic Forecast. At the January 25 meeting, EBP and Moody’s will provide an overview of the region’s economic outlook and the major drivers underlying the forecast, including those related to COVID-19, contingent workers, and changing work arrangements. CMAP staff will also present on a work plan to implement ON TO 2050 recommendations regarding climate mitigation and resilience.

At the October 26 meeting, the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development provided an overview of the INVEST South/West initiative. CMAP staff provided an update on the Garfield Green Line South LTA project that CMAP is working on with Elevated Chicago, community groups, and the RTA. The project will update the community’s work plan with the specific goal of continuing progress on turning the station into a community asset. 

Environment and Natural Resources Committee
Meets next in a joint session with the Economic Development Committee on Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m.

At the January 7 meeting, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee discussed the committee’s 2021 work plan. CMAP staff presented an analysis of existing on-road mobile source greenhouse gas emissions modeling, as well as recent work with McHenry County and the City of McHenry to develop a corridor plan that improves river-related commerce natural resources, multimodal transportation, and public access and recreational use to/on the Fox River. In addition, CMAP staff presented on recent efforts to develop a watershed-based plan for Indian Creek in the Lower Fox River Basin. The plan will identify planning, policy, outreach and education, and on-the-ground project recommendations that will help improve and protect water quality throughout the Indian Creek watershed, as well as the downstream Fox River.

Freight Committee
Meets next on Monday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m.

At the December 7 meeting, CMAP staff presented an overview of the FY21 climate focus area work plan, as well as updates on project progress thus far. Additionally, staff provided an overview of the 2021 call for projects for the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program. These federal programs fund multimodal surface transportation projects, including improvements to highways, traffic control, highway-rail grade crossings, truck routes, and alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.

Human and Community Development Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, February 9, at 10:00 a.m.

At the December 8 meeting, CMAP staff solicited feedback on upcoming work on disinvestment, a pervasive and self-reinforcing combination of declining employment, population, investment, and tax base. The project will seek to identify intervention points in these cycles and recommend policy solutions. Initial work focuses on the prevalence, distribution, and impacts of vacancy in the region. Additionally, staff presented an overview of CMAP's climate focus area and engaged members in a discussion about initial scoping of work assessing and mitigating climate impacts on socially vulnerable populations and disinvested communities.

Land Use and Housing Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, February 2, at 9:30 a.m.

At the November 10 meeting, CMAP staff provided an update on the agency’s climate change initiatives and solicited feedback on the beginning stages of a policy project on disinvestment in the region. Additionally, staff announced new committee chairs, who will lead the committee during 2021. At the upcoming February meeting, staff will introduce the committee’s 2021 work plan.

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee
Meets next on Thursday, January 14, at 9:30 a.m.

As part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff will present on mobility recovery efforts underway to help the region mitigate a likely rebound in congestion, sustain the transit system, and increase the resiliency of our multimodal transportation system. Additionally, at the January 14 meeting, CMAP staff will request MPO approval of the 2021 Highway Safety Targets. To work toward implementing more strategies that will address the region’s complex traffic safety challenges, CMAP staff will present on the upcoming Safety Action Agenda, which will kick off in early 2021.

At the joint Board and MPO meeting in October, CMAP staff gave an update on the newly launched Local Government Network, an effort to support the region’s municipalities. Additionally, staff provided a report on the performance of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program and established emissions reduction targets. The Board and MPO Policy Committee also approved the Federal Fiscal Years 2021–2025 Local Surface Transportation Programs, which allocate over $600 million for more than 270 transportation projects selected by the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago.

Surface Transportation Program (STP) Project Selection Committee
Meets next on Thursday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m.

At the October 29 meeting, the committee approved the draft application booklet and schedule for the FFY 2022–2026 STP Shared Fund call for projects that will be open from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5, 2021.

Tier II Consultation Committee
Tier II Consultation meetings are held on call. Please check the committee’s webpage for updates on future meetings.

At the December 17 meeting, the committee discussed the region’s nonattainment status and the release of a new air quality model (MOVES3) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The region is currently classified as serious nonattainment for the 2008 ozone standard and may be bumped up to severe if ozone monitor readings don’t improve in upcoming ozone seasons. With regards to the 2015 ozone standard, a recent court case has resulted in McHenry County being reclassified from attainment to nonattainment, and it is once again included in the ozone nonattainment area for the region. Staff also gave a presentation on mobile source greenhouse gas emissions for the region that was produced as part of the transportation conformity modeling process.   

Transportation Committee
Meets next on Friday, February 26, at 9:30 a.m.

At the December 11 meeting, the Transportation Committee recommended the 2021 regional highway safety targets and the semi-annual ON TO 2050/TIP conformity analysis and TIP amendment to the MPO for approval. Additionally, representatives from the Regional Transportation Authority, Metra, CTA, and Pace each presented on their respective 2021–2025 capital programs, and CMAP staff presented an analysis of existing on-road mobile source greenhouse emissions modeling.

To learn more or attend

For questions about committee meetings, please contact the staff member listed on the Committees page. Please note that any changes to committee meeting dates or times will be listed on the individual committee’s webpage.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMAP has determined it is neither practical nor prudent to meet in person at this time. Therefore, CMAP’s committees are currently meeting virtually. If a committee member or a member of the public requires a reasonable accommodation in order to join, please contact Ingrid Witherspoon at iwitherspoon@cmap.illinois.gov at least five days in advance of the meeting. 

 


 

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