CMAP Weekly Update, 2-26-21

Traffic volumes decreased as COVID-19 cases surged

CMAP's latest analysis of transportation trends during the pandemic shows a decrease in traffic volumes across all vehicle classes as mitigation efforts were put into places during the past few months to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases. Expressway speeds also are significantly higher than before the start of the pandemic. Systemwide transit ridership through January remains 74 percent below pre-COVID levels. Watch our video to learn more about other key takeaways in our latest update.

Homelessness on the decline before COVID-19, but challenges remain

The number of people experiencing homelessness in northeastern Illinois dropped to its lowest point in more than a decade prior to COVID-19, according to a new CMAP policy brief.

 

But this progress could be quickly undone without interventions to prevent a COVID-19-fueled wave of evictions. Racial and ethnic inequities remain a challenge. In 2019, most of the homeless population was Black. The pandemic also has reinforced the need for more and different types of housing, most notably crisis housing and shelters.

 

Learn more about how communities can reduce homelessness.

Join CMAP for an International Women’s Day discussion

Women and women of color are disproportionately vulnerable to job loss and are dropping out of the labor force to manage family responsibilities during the pandemic. Join us for a CMAP Talks on International Women's Day to discuss how COVID-19 exacerbated economic challenges for the region's women and how we can address those challenges.

 

Our panelists include U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (Illinois' 14th District), Dr. Helene Gayle (Chicago Community Trust), Karen Freeman-Wilson (Chicago Urban League), and Noreen Sugrue (Latino Policy Forum). Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director, will moderate the discussion.

 

Register for an enlightening and inspirational roundtable on Monday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. This CMAP Talks will be recorded and shared on CMAP's YouTube channel.

Illinois takes significant strides in addressing transportation inequities

Transportation inequities persist in northeastern Illinois, disproportionately impacting communities of color and people with disabilities. These inequities are vast, from access to jobs to the high costs of driving and other mobility options.

Recent policy changes in Illinois take important steps toward creating a transportation system that works better for everyone. This week, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed comprehensive criminal justice reforms into law (PA 101–0652). Among the provisions, the law rescinds holds on license renewal or reinstatement due to failure to pay traffic violation fines. The law also revokes suspensions for people who fail to pay fines from automated speed and red light cameras.

 

The Illinois Tollway also announced this week it will expand its I-Pass Assist program to households with lower incomes after deciding to permanently eliminate cash toll collections. The move comes after the Tollway decided last summer to substantially reduce fees associated with missed tolls. 

As northeastern Illinois’ planning agency, CMAP is committed to ensuring equity in infrastructure funding and land use decisions, and using resources that provide better outcomes for residents.

To work toward achieving a more equitable transportation system, CMAP is conducting the region’s first comprehensive analysis on how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents and households with low incomes. This report, to be released this spring, will provide a springboard to convene and engage residents in northeastern Illinois to address transportation inequities.

Apply now for U.S. Department of Transportation grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking applicants for the latest round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program. Available funding for the grant this year totals about $889 million. The department generally is looking for projects that address climate change and environmental justice, as well as racial equity.

Employers wanted for planning, policy internship event

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Master in Urban Planning and Policy program is looking for organizations interested in hiring interns for the spring, summer, or fall.

 

Organizations can sign up to interview potential interns during the program's "Internship Connection" event Friday, March 19. If an employer isn't hiring, they still can participate in different ways. Contact Abby Ebelherr with questions.

Events

eHealth and Telemedicine: Impact on Travel Demand
Telemobility University Transportation Center
February 26, 2021
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
More information

Planning and Programming at IDOT
University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center
March 4, 2021
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

Improving Transportation Access and Equity in the Chicago Region
Regional Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Planning Council, and McHenry County Department of Transportation
March 9, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

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CMAP Weekly Update, 2-26-21

Traffic volumes decreased as COVID-19 cases surged

CMAP's latest analysis of transportation trends during the pandemic shows a decrease in traffic volumes across all vehicle classes as mitigation efforts were put into places during the past few months to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases. Expressway speeds also are significantly higher than before the start of the pandemic. Systemwide transit ridership through January remains 74 percent below pre-COVID levels. Watch our video to learn more about other key takeaways in our latest update.

Homelessness on the decline before COVID-19, but challenges remain

The number of people experiencing homelessness in northeastern Illinois dropped to its lowest point in more than a decade prior to COVID-19, according to a new CMAP policy brief.

 

But this progress could be quickly undone without interventions to prevent a COVID-19-fueled wave of evictions. Racial and ethnic inequities remain a challenge. In 2019, most of the homeless population was Black. The pandemic also has reinforced the need for more and different types of housing, most notably crisis housing and shelters.

 

Learn more about how communities can reduce homelessness.

Join CMAP for an International Women’s Day discussion

Women and women of color are disproportionately vulnerable to job loss and are dropping out of the labor force to manage family responsibilities during the pandemic. Join us for a CMAP Talks on International Women's Day to discuss how COVID-19 exacerbated economic challenges for the region's women and how we can address those challenges.

 

Our panelists include U.S. Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (Illinois' 14th District), Dr. Helene Gayle (Chicago Community Trust), Karen Freeman-Wilson (Chicago Urban League), and Noreen Sugrue (Latino Policy Forum). Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director, will moderate the discussion.

 

Register for an enlightening and inspirational roundtable on Monday, March 8, at 11:00 a.m. This CMAP Talks will be recorded and shared on CMAP's YouTube channel.

Illinois takes significant strides in addressing transportation inequities

Transportation inequities persist in northeastern Illinois, disproportionately impacting communities of color and people with disabilities. These inequities are vast, from access to jobs to the high costs of driving and other mobility options.

Recent policy changes in Illinois take important steps toward creating a transportation system that works better for everyone. This week, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed comprehensive criminal justice reforms into law (PA 101–0652). Among the provisions, the law rescinds holds on license renewal or reinstatement due to failure to pay traffic violation fines. The law also revokes suspensions for people who fail to pay fines from automated speed and red light cameras.

 

The Illinois Tollway also announced this week it will expand its I-Pass Assist program to households with lower incomes after deciding to permanently eliminate cash toll collections. The move comes after the Tollway decided last summer to substantially reduce fees associated with missed tolls. 

As northeastern Illinois’ planning agency, CMAP is committed to ensuring equity in infrastructure funding and land use decisions, and using resources that provide better outcomes for residents.

To work toward achieving a more equitable transportation system, CMAP is conducting the region’s first comprehensive analysis on how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents and households with low incomes. This report, to be released this spring, will provide a springboard to convene and engage residents in northeastern Illinois to address transportation inequities.

Apply now for U.S. Department of Transportation grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking applicants for the latest round of the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America discretionary grant program. Available funding for the grant this year totals about $889 million. The department generally is looking for projects that address climate change and environmental justice, as well as racial equity.

Employers wanted for planning, policy internship event

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Master in Urban Planning and Policy program is looking for organizations interested in hiring interns for the spring, summer, or fall.

 

Organizations can sign up to interview potential interns during the program's "Internship Connection" event Friday, March 19. If an employer isn't hiring, they still can participate in different ways. Contact Abby Ebelherr with questions.

Events

eHealth and Telemedicine: Impact on Travel Demand
Telemobility University Transportation Center
February 26, 2021
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
More information

Planning and Programming at IDOT
University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center
March 4, 2021
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

Improving Transportation Access and Equity in the Chicago Region
Regional Transportation Authority, Metropolitan Planning Council, and McHenry County Department of Transportation
March 9, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

To Top