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.

March update

Virtual meeting of the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee

Virtual meetings will be held this week of the CMAP Board on March 10 at 9:30 a.m. and the MPO Policy Committee on March 11 at 9:30 a.m. At both meetings, CMAP staff will seek approval of the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets. In addition, staff will share findings and recommendations from a recent research effort to analyze the equity of transportation fines, fares and fees.

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, April 14, at 1:00 p.m.

At the February 17 meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, members received a presentation by Christina Whitehouse, founder of the Bike Lane Uprising app. The committee engaged in a conversation on how members have used data from the app to make streets safer. The committee also heard from project managers, Tim Gustafson and Jen Maddux, on the Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan. The plan was recently completed through CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program, and recommends bicycle and pedestrian related improvements to better connect the communities of Beach Park, North Chicago, Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion to one another and to regional trails, Illinois Beach State Park, and the lakefront.

Board
Meets next on Wednesday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m.

At the March 10 Board meeting, CMAP staff will present the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets for Board approval. In addition, staff will share findings and recommendations from a recent research effort to analyze the equity of transportation fines, fares and fees.

At the February 10 Board meeting, staff provided updates on CMAP’s Coordinating Committee, draft FY 2022 Budget and Workplan, the new State and Federal Legislative Agendas, and the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Principles. Erin Aleman, executive director, presented “One Regional Voice 2021: Chicagoland and the Federal Transportation Reauthorization” priorities.

Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, June 8, at 2:00 p.m.

At the March 9 meeting of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, CMAP staff presented on an initiative to help the region understand the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our mobility system. The work will develop an action plan to keep the region on track to meet the goals of ON TO 2050. Staff also presented recent research on how communities have accommodated increased biking and walking activity and key considerations for public officials. Staff presented CMAP’s Regional Traffic Safety Action Agenda, which addresses speed management, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and other factors that make our roads and walkways safer for all travelers. Staff also presented on the Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Project Selection Committee
Meets next on Thursday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m.

At the October 29 meeting, CMAP staff presented the timeline for the 2021 CMAQ and TAP-L call for projects, which was 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. A summary of received applications will be presented to the committee at the April 1 meeting.

Coordinating Committee
Meets next on Wednesday, April 14, at 8:00 a.m.

At the February 10 meeting, the committee approved recommending the FY 2022 Unified Work Program to the CMAP Board. In addition, CMAP staff provided an overview of agency efforts to help the region understand the impacts of the COVID crisis on our mobility system. Staff also briefed the committee on agency safety planning and capacity building assistance through the Call for Planning Assistance.

Council of Mayors Executive Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m.

At the January 19 meeting, the Council of Mayors Executive Committee received an update on the recent work of the STP Project Selection Committee. The committee also received an update from IDOT Local Roads. CMAP staff then provided an overview of the Regional Safety Action Agenda, which will lay out policy research and guidance that CMAP and other agencies can use to achieve their safety targets. The Regional Safety Action Agenda is building on prior research from the traffic safety white paper. Staff also presented updates on the Local Government Network’s outreach to municipalities on a Call for Planning Assistance that is in collaboration with RTA. Lastly, the committee engaged in a conversation about CMAP’s State and Federal Legislative Agendas.

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

The Economic Development Committee will meet jointly with the Environment and Natural Resources Committee on March 22. At the meeting, the committees will hear about strategies to better align economic development and transportation planning with regional climate mitigation goals. Dr. Janet Smith from the EDA University Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss recent efforts to support a vibrant green economy in the Calumet area, and Kelly McGourty from the Puget Sound Regional Council will share the Seattle region’s Four-Part Greenhouse Gas Strategy. CMAP staff will present the 2021 State Legislative Agenda.

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 Analytics provided 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 also presented a workplan to implement ON TO 2050 recommendations regarding climate mitigation and resilience.

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.

The Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet jointly with the Economic Development Committee on March 22. At the meeting, the committees will hear about strategies to better align economic development and transportation planning with regional climate mitigation goals. Dr. Janet Smith from the EDA University Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss recent efforts to support a vibrant green economy in the Calumet area, and Kelly McGourty from the Puget Sound Regional Council will share the Seattle region’s Four-Part Greenhouse Gas Strategy. CMAP staff will present the 2021 State Legislative Agenda.

At the January 7 meeting, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee discussed the committee’s 2021 workplan. 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, May 17, at 10:00 a.m.

At the February 22 meeting, CMAP staff provided an update on CMAP’s 2021 State and Federal Legislative Agendas. In addition, staff provided an update on the Regional Safety Action Agenda, a project that represents the first phase of a multi-year effort to develop a regional strategy for improving traffic safety.

Human and Community Development Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m.

At the February 9 meeting, CMAP staff gave a status update on the newest Local Technical Assistance projects, as well as an overview of the Call for Planning Assistance that recently closed. In addition, staff provided an overview of the 2021 offerings, which include three new programs launched under the Embedded Staff Planner program.

Land Use and Housing Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m.

At the February 2 meeting, CMAP staff provided an overview of the 2021 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Call for Projects, which include three new programs launched under the Embedded Staff Planner program. In addition, Teska Associates, DuPage County, and CMAP staff presented the DuPage County Lake Street Corridor Zoning Overlay LTA project. The project will implement aspects of the Lake Street Corridor Planning Study (2014) and create unified standards for the corridor through unincorporated DuPage County and the villages of Roselle, Bloomingdale, and Hanover Park.

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee
Meets next on Thursday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m.

At the March 11 meeting, CMAP staff will present and seek approval for the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets. In addition, staff will share findings and recommendations from a recent research effort to analyze the equity of transportation fines, fares and fees.

At the January 14 meeting, as part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff presented 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, CMAP staff requested 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 presented on the upcoming Regional Safety Action Agenda, which will kick off in early 2021.

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, which was open from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5, 2021. A summary of applications received will be presented to the committee at the April 1 meeting.

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, April 16, at 9:30 a.m.

At the April 16 meeting, MPO self-certification will be discussed, and CMAP staff will make a presentation on the Community Data Snapshots.

At the February 26 meeting, the committee approved recommending the FY 2022 Unified Work Program and regional performance targets for transit safety and pavement condition to the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee. CMAP staff presented work on the Equity in Fees, Fines, and Fares project. The Regional Transportation Authority also presented their Human Services Transportation Plan.

Unified Work Program (UWP) Committee
Meets next on Wednesday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m.

At the February 10 meeting, the UWP Committee began its competitive program review, a four-month process where committee members will provide critical feedback on the design of the program. The topic areas covered over the next several months will include: barriers to starting projects, strategically funding projects, project performance, and project selection criteria and process. Committee member organizations presented on current UWP-funded competitive projects, including CTA’s Better Streets for Buses project and CDOT’s North Grant Park – Streeterville TDM Study. Committee members provided input and discussion on barriers to starting projects, and CMAP staff are organizing feedback to help inform future management of the competitive program.

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.

March update

Virtual meeting of the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee

Virtual meetings will be held this week of the CMAP Board on March 10 at 9:30 a.m. and the MPO Policy Committee on March 11 at 9:30 a.m. At both meetings, CMAP staff will seek approval of the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets. In addition, staff will share findings and recommendations from a recent research effort to analyze the equity of transportation fines, fares and fees.

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, April 14, at 1:00 p.m.

At the February 17 meeting of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, members received a presentation by Christina Whitehouse, founder of the Bike Lane Uprising app. The committee engaged in a conversation on how members have used data from the app to make streets safer. The committee also heard from project managers, Tim Gustafson and Jen Maddux, on the Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan. The plan was recently completed through CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program, and recommends bicycle and pedestrian related improvements to better connect the communities of Beach Park, North Chicago, Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion to one another and to regional trails, Illinois Beach State Park, and the lakefront.

Board
Meets next on Wednesday, March 10, at 9:30 a.m.

At the March 10 Board meeting, CMAP staff will present the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets for Board approval. In addition, staff will share findings and recommendations from a recent research effort to analyze the equity of transportation fines, fares and fees.

At the February 10 Board meeting, staff provided updates on CMAP’s Coordinating Committee, draft FY 2022 Budget and Workplan, the new State and Federal Legislative Agendas, and the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Principles. Erin Aleman, executive director, presented “One Regional Voice 2021: Chicagoland and the Federal Transportation Reauthorization” priorities.

Citizens’ Advisory Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, June 8, at 2:00 p.m.

At the March 9 meeting of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee, CMAP staff presented on an initiative to help the region understand the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our mobility system. The work will develop an action plan to keep the region on track to meet the goals of ON TO 2050. Staff also presented recent research on how communities have accommodated increased biking and walking activity and key considerations for public officials. Staff presented CMAP’s Regional Traffic Safety Action Agenda, which addresses speed management, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and other factors that make our roads and walkways safer for all travelers. Staff also presented on the Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program Project Selection Committee
Meets next on Thursday, April 1, at 11:00 a.m.

At the October 29 meeting, CMAP staff presented the timeline for the 2021 CMAQ and TAP-L call for projects, which was 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. A summary of received applications will be presented to the committee at the April 1 meeting.

Coordinating Committee
Meets next on Wednesday, April 14, at 8:00 a.m.

At the February 10 meeting, the committee approved recommending the FY 2022 Unified Work Program to the CMAP Board. In addition, CMAP staff provided an overview of agency efforts to help the region understand the impacts of the COVID crisis on our mobility system. Staff also briefed the committee on agency safety planning and capacity building assistance through the Call for Planning Assistance.

Council of Mayors Executive Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, April 20, at 9:30 a.m.

At the January 19 meeting, the Council of Mayors Executive Committee received an update on the recent work of the STP Project Selection Committee. The committee also received an update from IDOT Local Roads. CMAP staff then provided an overview of the Regional Safety Action Agenda, which will lay out policy research and guidance that CMAP and other agencies can use to achieve their safety targets. The Regional Safety Action Agenda is building on prior research from the traffic safety white paper. Staff also presented updates on the Local Government Network’s outreach to municipalities on a Call for Planning Assistance that is in collaboration with RTA. Lastly, the committee engaged in a conversation about CMAP’s State and Federal Legislative Agendas.

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

The Economic Development Committee will meet jointly with the Environment and Natural Resources Committee on March 22. At the meeting, the committees will hear about strategies to better align economic development and transportation planning with regional climate mitigation goals. Dr. Janet Smith from the EDA University Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss recent efforts to support a vibrant green economy in the Calumet area, and Kelly McGourty from the Puget Sound Regional Council will share the Seattle region’s Four-Part Greenhouse Gas Strategy. CMAP staff will present the 2021 State Legislative Agenda.

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 Analytics provided 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 also presented a workplan to implement ON TO 2050 recommendations regarding climate mitigation and resilience.

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.

The Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet jointly with the Economic Development Committee on March 22. At the meeting, the committees will hear about strategies to better align economic development and transportation planning with regional climate mitigation goals. Dr. Janet Smith from the EDA University Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago will discuss recent efforts to support a vibrant green economy in the Calumet area, and Kelly McGourty from the Puget Sound Regional Council will share the Seattle region’s Four-Part Greenhouse Gas Strategy. CMAP staff will present the 2021 State Legislative Agenda.

At the January 7 meeting, the Environment and Natural Resources Committee discussed the committee’s 2021 workplan. 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, May 17, at 10:00 a.m.

At the February 22 meeting, CMAP staff provided an update on CMAP’s 2021 State and Federal Legislative Agendas. In addition, staff provided an update on the Regional Safety Action Agenda, a project that represents the first phase of a multi-year effort to develop a regional strategy for improving traffic safety.

Human and Community Development Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m.

At the February 9 meeting, CMAP staff gave a status update on the newest Local Technical Assistance projects, as well as an overview of the Call for Planning Assistance that recently closed. In addition, staff provided an overview of the 2021 offerings, which include three new programs launched under the Embedded Staff Planner program.

Land Use and Housing Committee
Meets next on Tuesday, April 6, at 9:30 a.m.

At the February 2 meeting, CMAP staff provided an overview of the 2021 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Call for Projects, which include three new programs launched under the Embedded Staff Planner program. In addition, Teska Associates, DuPage County, and CMAP staff presented the DuPage County Lake Street Corridor Zoning Overlay LTA project. The project will implement aspects of the Lake Street Corridor Planning Study (2014) and create unified standards for the corridor through unincorporated DuPage County and the villages of Roselle, Bloomingdale, and Hanover Park.

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee
Meets next on Thursday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m.

At the March 11 meeting, CMAP staff will present and seek approval for the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets. In addition, staff will share findings and recommendations from a recent research effort to analyze the equity of transportation fines, fares and fees.

At the January 14 meeting, as part of the agency’s response to regional transportation challenges compounded by the pandemic, staff presented 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, CMAP staff requested 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 presented on the upcoming Regional Safety Action Agenda, which will kick off in early 2021.

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, which was open from Friday, January 8, through Friday, March 5, 2021. A summary of applications received will be presented to the committee at the April 1 meeting.

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, April 16, at 9:30 a.m.

At the April 16 meeting, MPO self-certification will be discussed, and CMAP staff will make a presentation on the Community Data Snapshots.

At the February 26 meeting, the committee approved recommending the FY 2022 Unified Work Program and regional performance targets for transit safety and pavement condition to the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee. CMAP staff presented work on the Equity in Fees, Fines, and Fares project. The Regional Transportation Authority also presented their Human Services Transportation Plan.

Unified Work Program (UWP) Committee
Meets next on Wednesday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m.

At the February 10 meeting, the UWP Committee began its competitive program review, a four-month process where committee members will provide critical feedback on the design of the program. The topic areas covered over the next several months will include: barriers to starting projects, strategically funding projects, project performance, and project selection criteria and process. Committee member organizations presented on current UWP-funded competitive projects, including CTA’s Better Streets for Buses project and CDOT’s North Grant Park – Streeterville TDM Study. Committee members provided input and discussion on barriers to starting projects, and CMAP staff are organizing feedback to help inform future management of the competitive program.

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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