CMAP Weekly Update, 3-12-21

Collaboration paves way for walking, bicycling routes throughout northern lakeshore

Five communities in northeastern Illinois are moving forward on a plan to create a robust walking and bicycling network along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan — created through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program — allowed the communities to work together toward this shared goal. Read more.

CMAP to assist dozens of communities with planning projects

More than 20 communities with high needs will receive new planning assistance from CMAP to help them prosper in the years ahead. The pandemic has strained municipal capacity like never before while declining revenues are making it difficult for communities to plan for 2021 and beyond. CMAP staff will work with the communities to build their local capacity, implement long-range plans, identify grant opportunities, and address safety improvements. Read more.

Watch CMAP's International Women's Day discussion

On Monday, CMAP hosted a lively roundtable discussion on how COVID-19 has exacerbated economic challenges for the region's women and how we can address those challenges.

 

The panelists included 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, moderated the discussion. Watch the recording.

Lake County takes important step toward sustainable transportation investments

The Lake County Board took a critical step this week to address the county's infrastructure needs in a sustainable way by establishing a 4-cents-per-gallon fuel tax.

 

County and local governments throughout northeastern Illinois have been hard pressed to find sustainable revenue streams that can ensure infrastructure keeps up with ever-growing maintenance demands, let alone enhancements. ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan, recommends governments fully fund the region's transportation system and pursue new revenue sources to guarantee quality infrastructure investments.

 

The measure in Lake County will provide up to $11 million a year in new revenue that can help officials address the $1.7 billion in road projects identified in Lake County's 2040 Transportation plan. This new revenue will afford Lake County more opportunities to improve safety, reduce congestion, address infrastructure maintenance, and create greater economic prosperity for residents.

CMAP Celebrates: Jen Maddux

"I've been interested in transportation in cities since I was little. I grew up with a bus stop outside my house in Denver and saw how important public transit was for people to get to work. I chose Chicago for grad school, in part, because I was fascinated by the L system. While I was at UIC, I got really into the funding and finance side of transportation, which brought me to CMAP.

"I like my job because it involves working with municipal staff on ground-level projects and helping them access the information they need to fulfill their community goals. In the Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan, it was important to include feasible steps toward constructing project recommendations. The communities already have grant applications in, only a few months after plan adoption, and they're ready to implement.

 

"I feel fortunate that I get to work with all these different kinds of communities and understand them on a deeper level. Each community has a spectrum of perspectives and priorities, and I enjoy helping them come to consensus on a plan for the future."

 

Jen graduated with a master's in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of work, they enjoy walking and biking around their neighborhood and hiking with their dog in Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake County.

Apply for summer internships

CMAP is hiring interns for the summer. Selected interns will have the opportunity to:

 

  • Gain experience and practical knowledge within their field of interest
  • Become familiar with the concept of project management and team collaboration
  • Help implement initiatives for the welfare of our region
  • Network with professionals and find their next mentor

 

Internships applications are due Wednesday, March 31, at 5:00 p.m.

Watch the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee meetings

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, March 10, and the MPO Policy Committee met on Thursday, March 11. At both meetings, CMAP staff requested approval of the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets.

 

Watch recordings of the meetings on YouTube. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, April 14. The MPO Policy Committee meets next on Thursday, June 10.

Events

Responding to Change: Innovations at Cook County Department of Transportation
March 18, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: UIC Urban Transportation Center

Fertile Ground: Illinois infrastructure outlook and tax update
March 18, 2021, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: Tri-Council Development Fund

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CMAP Weekly Update, 3-12-21

Collaboration paves way for walking, bicycling routes throughout northern lakeshore

Five communities in northeastern Illinois are moving forward on a plan to create a robust walking and bicycling network along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan — created through CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program — allowed the communities to work together toward this shared goal. Read more.

CMAP to assist dozens of communities with planning projects

More than 20 communities with high needs will receive new planning assistance from CMAP to help them prosper in the years ahead. The pandemic has strained municipal capacity like never before while declining revenues are making it difficult for communities to plan for 2021 and beyond. CMAP staff will work with the communities to build their local capacity, implement long-range plans, identify grant opportunities, and address safety improvements. Read more.

Watch CMAP's International Women's Day discussion

On Monday, CMAP hosted a lively roundtable discussion on how COVID-19 has exacerbated economic challenges for the region's women and how we can address those challenges.

 

The panelists included 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, moderated the discussion. Watch the recording.

Lake County takes important step toward sustainable transportation investments

The Lake County Board took a critical step this week to address the county's infrastructure needs in a sustainable way by establishing a 4-cents-per-gallon fuel tax.

 

County and local governments throughout northeastern Illinois have been hard pressed to find sustainable revenue streams that can ensure infrastructure keeps up with ever-growing maintenance demands, let alone enhancements. ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan, recommends governments fully fund the region's transportation system and pursue new revenue sources to guarantee quality infrastructure investments.

 

The measure in Lake County will provide up to $11 million a year in new revenue that can help officials address the $1.7 billion in road projects identified in Lake County's 2040 Transportation plan. This new revenue will afford Lake County more opportunities to improve safety, reduce congestion, address infrastructure maintenance, and create greater economic prosperity for residents.

CMAP Celebrates: Jen Maddux

"I've been interested in transportation in cities since I was little. I grew up with a bus stop outside my house in Denver and saw how important public transit was for people to get to work. I chose Chicago for grad school, in part, because I was fascinated by the L system. While I was at UIC, I got really into the funding and finance side of transportation, which brought me to CMAP.

"I like my job because it involves working with municipal staff on ground-level projects and helping them access the information they need to fulfill their community goals. In the Northern Lakeshore Trail Connectivity Plan, it was important to include feasible steps toward constructing project recommendations. The communities already have grant applications in, only a few months after plan adoption, and they're ready to implement.

 

"I feel fortunate that I get to work with all these different kinds of communities and understand them on a deeper level. Each community has a spectrum of perspectives and priorities, and I enjoy helping them come to consensus on a plan for the future."

 

Jen graduated with a master's in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of work, they enjoy walking and biking around their neighborhood and hiking with their dog in Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve in Lake County.

Apply for summer internships

CMAP is hiring interns for the summer. Selected interns will have the opportunity to:

 

  • Gain experience and practical knowledge within their field of interest
  • Become familiar with the concept of project management and team collaboration
  • Help implement initiatives for the welfare of our region
  • Network with professionals and find their next mentor

 

Internships applications are due Wednesday, March 31, at 5:00 p.m.

Watch the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee meetings

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, March 10, and the MPO Policy Committee met on Thursday, March 11. At both meetings, CMAP staff requested approval of the 2022 Transit Safety Targets and the 2021 Pavement Condition Targets.

 

Watch recordings of the meetings on YouTube. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, April 14. The MPO Policy Committee meets next on Thursday, June 10.

Events

Responding to Change: Innovations at Cook County Department of Transportation
March 18, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: UIC Urban Transportation Center

Fertile Ground: Illinois infrastructure outlook and tax update
March 18, 2021, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: Tri-Council Development Fund

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