CMAP Weekly Update

Northeastern Illinois' economic recovery is lagging one year since pandemic began

One year after the pandemic severely affected the regional economy, northeastern Illinois is showing signs of recovery but continues to lag behind national trends. A slow recovery could magnify the effects of a pandemic that has made it harder for people of color to secure jobs and small businesses to remain open. Action now can help restart growth and create opportunities for people and communities that long have experienced disinvestment. Read more.

$2.3 trillion federal infrastructure plan would help address transportation funding gap

President Joe Biden's newly released $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal includes significant investments in roads, transit, green energy, and other infrastructure.

Under the American Jobs Plan, $571 billion would go toward improving existing roadways and transit systems, supporting passenger and freight rail networks, improving road safety for all users, and expanding electric vehicle infrastructure. Other investments would help neighborhoods that were disconnected by past projects and build regionally significant projects.

The plan would invest $361 billion in water and clean energy infrastructure, as well as strengthen the resilience of existing infrastructure in the face of increasing extreme weather and climate-related events.

The remaining $1.3 trillion is focused on other areas, such as increasing affordable housing options, and greater support for regional economic and workforce development, small businesses, and manufacturers.

Increased federal funding for infrastructure is long overdue. The multi-billion-dollar funding gap just to operate and maintain the region's current transportation system is expected to increase due to the pandemic and other factors. Congress also will consider proposals in the coming months with the current transportation reauthorization set to expire on September 30, 2021.

CMAP will continue to monitor this legislation and assess how it would impact northeastern Illinois as more details become available. Learn more about CMAP's federal priorities.

Suez blockage highlights need for freight infrastructure investment

In a recent Politico article, CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman compares the lessons of the Suez Canal blockage to that of the region's 1999 blizzard. The freight disruption caused by the blockage is the latest example highlighting the importance of investing in resilient, multimodal infrastructure, which Congress will consider in its next transportation bill reauthorization.

Inventory provides regional data on sidewalk availability

National Walking Day, on Wednesday, April 7, reminds us of the importance of sidewalks to connect residents to work, home, transit, and anywhere else they want to go. ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan, encourages the development of compact, walkable communities. To support this recommendation, CMAP created the sidewalk inventory, which identifies gaps or opportunities for connections in a community's sidewalk network. Watch our video to learn how communities can use the database to prioritize sidewalk improvements in the future.

Seeking public input on Laraway Road in Joliet

CMAP is working with the City of Joliet and other partners to study potential improvements at the Laraway Road railroad crossing and accompanying highway section from Brandon Road to Illinois Route 53. This is one of 47 at-grade crossings CMAP prioritized for study based on delay, safety, transit, and truck traffic data.

 

Learn more about the project at a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. Other opportunities for public input are explained on the project website. Public input received or postmarked by Friday, April 30, will be included in the project record.

 

The Illinois Commerce Commission recently announced its FY 2022-2026 program of crossing safety improvement projects, which included $20 million for the Laraway Road project.

Vote in your local election

All of northeastern Illinois' seven counties have elections coming up on Tuesday, April 6. Find more information about your local elections on the county clerk's website for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

CTA is hiring interns

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is working with the City of Chicago's One Summer Chicago Program to hire 200 high school interns for a seven-week virtual internship. Applications close Wednesday, April 21.

Events

CMAP Talks: Regional Rental Assistance
April 9, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Laraway Road public meeting
April 14, 2021, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Host: CMAP

2021 Urban Forum: Closing the Wealth Gap
April 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region
April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center

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CMAP Weekly Update

Northeastern Illinois' economic recovery is lagging one year since pandemic began

One year after the pandemic severely affected the regional economy, northeastern Illinois is showing signs of recovery but continues to lag behind national trends. A slow recovery could magnify the effects of a pandemic that has made it harder for people of color to secure jobs and small businesses to remain open. Action now can help restart growth and create opportunities for people and communities that long have experienced disinvestment. Read more.

$2.3 trillion federal infrastructure plan would help address transportation funding gap

President Joe Biden's newly released $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal includes significant investments in roads, transit, green energy, and other infrastructure.

Under the American Jobs Plan, $571 billion would go toward improving existing roadways and transit systems, supporting passenger and freight rail networks, improving road safety for all users, and expanding electric vehicle infrastructure. Other investments would help neighborhoods that were disconnected by past projects and build regionally significant projects.

The plan would invest $361 billion in water and clean energy infrastructure, as well as strengthen the resilience of existing infrastructure in the face of increasing extreme weather and climate-related events.

The remaining $1.3 trillion is focused on other areas, such as increasing affordable housing options, and greater support for regional economic and workforce development, small businesses, and manufacturers.

Increased federal funding for infrastructure is long overdue. The multi-billion-dollar funding gap just to operate and maintain the region's current transportation system is expected to increase due to the pandemic and other factors. Congress also will consider proposals in the coming months with the current transportation reauthorization set to expire on September 30, 2021.

CMAP will continue to monitor this legislation and assess how it would impact northeastern Illinois as more details become available. Learn more about CMAP's federal priorities.

Suez blockage highlights need for freight infrastructure investment

In a recent Politico article, CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman compares the lessons of the Suez Canal blockage to that of the region's 1999 blizzard. The freight disruption caused by the blockage is the latest example highlighting the importance of investing in resilient, multimodal infrastructure, which Congress will consider in its next transportation bill reauthorization.

Inventory provides regional data on sidewalk availability

National Walking Day, on Wednesday, April 7, reminds us of the importance of sidewalks to connect residents to work, home, transit, and anywhere else they want to go. ON TO 2050, the region's long-range plan, encourages the development of compact, walkable communities. To support this recommendation, CMAP created the sidewalk inventory, which identifies gaps or opportunities for connections in a community's sidewalk network. Watch our video to learn how communities can use the database to prioritize sidewalk improvements in the future.

Seeking public input on Laraway Road in Joliet

CMAP is working with the City of Joliet and other partners to study potential improvements at the Laraway Road railroad crossing and accompanying highway section from Brandon Road to Illinois Route 53. This is one of 47 at-grade crossings CMAP prioritized for study based on delay, safety, transit, and truck traffic data.

 

Learn more about the project at a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. Other opportunities for public input are explained on the project website. Public input received or postmarked by Friday, April 30, will be included in the project record.

 

The Illinois Commerce Commission recently announced its FY 2022-2026 program of crossing safety improvement projects, which included $20 million for the Laraway Road project.

Vote in your local election

All of northeastern Illinois' seven counties have elections coming up on Tuesday, April 6. Find more information about your local elections on the county clerk's website for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

CTA is hiring interns

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is working with the City of Chicago's One Summer Chicago Program to hire 200 high school interns for a seven-week virtual internship. Applications close Wednesday, April 21.

Events

CMAP Talks: Regional Rental Assistance
April 9, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Laraway Road public meeting
April 14, 2021, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Host: CMAP

2021 Urban Forum: Closing the Wealth Gap
April 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region
April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center

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