CMAP Weekly Update, 4-16-21

Communities adopting complete streets are creating safer travel

The pandemic has reinforced the dangers behind street designs that encourage excessive vehicle speeding. Communities throughout northeastern Illinois are turning more roads into complete streets and seeing safer conditions as a result.

CMAP is committed to working with our communities to make similar changes to benefit all travelers. Complete streets programs can improve safety while providing residents with accessible and affordable travel options. Read more.

Moving forward on regional economic recovery

CMAP continues to convene the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force to identify strategies that support a strong economic recovery from COVID-19. The task force, launched in November 2020, includes working groups dedicated to economic development, tourism, and workforce. Leaders from across northeastern Illinois are meeting regularly to discuss how to build back a more inclusive, prosperous, and resilient region.

  • The workforce group is developing strategies to coordinate access to jobs information — similar to the type of information provided by 2-1-1 services — and strengthen career pathways for good, middle-skill jobs.
  • The economic development members are pursuing how to collaborate on market growth strategies for key industries and reduce intra-regional competition for private investment and jobs.
  • The tourism working group will launch a marketing campaign to promote a safe return for customers and visitors. The campaign will be funded through unprecedented collaboration of regional partners.

But the task force is also looking at longer-term strategies to ensure everyone can contribute to and benefit from future growth. Members recently met with representatives from the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indy Chamber, and Corporate Coalition of Chicago to learn from their efforts to develop strategies for tackling structural inequity.

The events of the last year have only underscored the need to work together to strengthen economic vitality and quality of life in our region. After all, our people and goods move about our seven-county region on a daily basis. By connecting city and suburban leaders, experts, and advisors throughout northeastern Illinois, CMAP will continue to help the region agree on priorities, collaborate on solutions, and speak as one collective voice.

Media coverage: Improving equity in fees, fines, and fares

Last week, CMAP published a report that assesses how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color. The report's findings and recommendations were covered by local and national media outlets, including WBEZ, Crain's Chicago Business, and Next City.

Join the growing call to end traffic deaths

CMAP recently joined hundreds of organizations from across the country in calling on the Biden administration to help end traffic deaths. More than 42,000 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8 percent increase from 2019, according to the National Safety Council. 

Through our Regional Traffic Safety Action Agenda, CMAP is convening key stakeholders from across northeastern Illinois to develop solutions that can make our roads, bike, and walkways safer for all travelers. Please join CMAP in asking the Biden administration to commit to zero traffic deaths nationwide.

Live in the south suburbs? Submit flood photos

Residents of Riverdale, Dixmoor, Posen, Harvey, Phoenix, and Dolton are asked to take pictures of flooding after storms from April 2021 to May 2022. The photos will be used as part of the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Urban Flooding Baseline Project. Compensation is available. Learn more and sign up

New configuration starts today on outbound Kennedy Expressway

New exit and entrance ramps near the interchange of Interstate 90 (Kennedy Expressway) and Interstate 190 to O'Hare International Airport are slated to open today. The design, meant to improve safety and efficiency, consolidates exit points for the ramps to Cumberland Avenue, Interstate 294 south, and Interstate 190 west to O'Hare and moves them east of the current locations. 

Motorists traveling from Chicago along the Kennedy Expressway should prepare to merge sooner to access the ramps and O'Hare airport. The exit point, located just after Canfield Avenue, is about one mile before the current ramp access. The new configuration is part of ongoing improvements to I-90 and is expected to be completed later this fall. 

Environmental justice grants available

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award grants through its Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program and The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.

The EPA will give special consideration to projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts and climate and disaster resiliency, as well as projects proposed by new applicants and small nonprofits. Applicants must submit proposals by Friday, May 7, with a planned project start date of Friday, October 1.

Missed the CMAP Board meeting? Watch a recording

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, April 14. Staff provided an update on CMAP's federal and state agendas and received Board support for legislation to fund infrastructure for biking and walking; enable the state treasurer to invest in Illinois infrastructure projects; and improve data available for property tax assessment in Cook County.

 

Watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, May 12. 

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2021-25 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 21-06. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 17.

Provide feedback on the MWRD strategic plan

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is finalizing its strategic plan, which will guide the mission, vision, and metrics for the next five years. Find out more about the plan and submit comments on the MWRD website by Thursday, April 29. 

Events

APA-ISS Spring Conference
April 16 and 23, 2021
Host: American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter

What Can Cities Do to Ensure Climate Success?
April 20, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

Complete Streets: Safe by Design (CMAP Talks)
April 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Racial Equity & Real Estate Conversations
April 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Host: Cook County Assessor's Office

We Will Chicago: Kickoff Conversation
April 29, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: City of Chicago and Metropolitan Planning Council

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-16-21

Communities adopting complete streets are creating safer travel

The pandemic has reinforced the dangers behind street designs that encourage excessive vehicle speeding. Communities throughout northeastern Illinois are turning more roads into complete streets and seeing safer conditions as a result.

CMAP is committed to working with our communities to make similar changes to benefit all travelers. Complete streets programs can improve safety while providing residents with accessible and affordable travel options. Read more.

Moving forward on regional economic recovery

CMAP continues to convene the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force to identify strategies that support a strong economic recovery from COVID-19. The task force, launched in November 2020, includes working groups dedicated to economic development, tourism, and workforce. Leaders from across northeastern Illinois are meeting regularly to discuss how to build back a more inclusive, prosperous, and resilient region.

  • The workforce group is developing strategies to coordinate access to jobs information — similar to the type of information provided by 2-1-1 services — and strengthen career pathways for good, middle-skill jobs.
  • The economic development members are pursuing how to collaborate on market growth strategies for key industries and reduce intra-regional competition for private investment and jobs.
  • The tourism working group will launch a marketing campaign to promote a safe return for customers and visitors. The campaign will be funded through unprecedented collaboration of regional partners.

But the task force is also looking at longer-term strategies to ensure everyone can contribute to and benefit from future growth. Members recently met with representatives from the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indy Chamber, and Corporate Coalition of Chicago to learn from their efforts to develop strategies for tackling structural inequity.

The events of the last year have only underscored the need to work together to strengthen economic vitality and quality of life in our region. After all, our people and goods move about our seven-county region on a daily basis. By connecting city and suburban leaders, experts, and advisors throughout northeastern Illinois, CMAP will continue to help the region agree on priorities, collaborate on solutions, and speak as one collective voice.

Media coverage: Improving equity in fees, fines, and fares

Last week, CMAP published a report that assesses how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color. The report's findings and recommendations were covered by local and national media outlets, including WBEZ, Crain's Chicago Business, and Next City.

Join the growing call to end traffic deaths

CMAP recently joined hundreds of organizations from across the country in calling on the Biden administration to help end traffic deaths. More than 42,000 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, an 8 percent increase from 2019, according to the National Safety Council. 

Through our Regional Traffic Safety Action Agenda, CMAP is convening key stakeholders from across northeastern Illinois to develop solutions that can make our roads, bike, and walkways safer for all travelers. Please join CMAP in asking the Biden administration to commit to zero traffic deaths nationwide.

Live in the south suburbs? Submit flood photos

Residents of Riverdale, Dixmoor, Posen, Harvey, Phoenix, and Dolton are asked to take pictures of flooding after storms from April 2021 to May 2022. The photos will be used as part of the Center for Neighborhood Technology's Urban Flooding Baseline Project. Compensation is available. Learn more and sign up

New configuration starts today on outbound Kennedy Expressway

New exit and entrance ramps near the interchange of Interstate 90 (Kennedy Expressway) and Interstate 190 to O'Hare International Airport are slated to open today. The design, meant to improve safety and efficiency, consolidates exit points for the ramps to Cumberland Avenue, Interstate 294 south, and Interstate 190 west to O'Hare and moves them east of the current locations. 

Motorists traveling from Chicago along the Kennedy Expressway should prepare to merge sooner to access the ramps and O'Hare airport. The exit point, located just after Canfield Avenue, is about one mile before the current ramp access. The new configuration is part of ongoing improvements to I-90 and is expected to be completed later this fall. 

Environmental justice grants available

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award grants through its Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program and The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.

The EPA will give special consideration to projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts and climate and disaster resiliency, as well as projects proposed by new applicants and small nonprofits. Applicants must submit proposals by Friday, May 7, with a planned project start date of Friday, October 1.

Missed the CMAP Board meeting? Watch a recording

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, April 14. Staff provided an update on CMAP's federal and state agendas and received Board support for legislation to fund infrastructure for biking and walking; enable the state treasurer to invest in Illinois infrastructure projects; and improve data available for property tax assessment in Cook County.

 

Watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube. The CMAP Board meets next on Wednesday, May 12. 

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2021-25 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 21-06. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 17.

Provide feedback on the MWRD strategic plan

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is finalizing its strategic plan, which will guide the mission, vision, and metrics for the next five years. Find out more about the plan and submit comments on the MWRD website by Thursday, April 29. 

Events

APA-ISS Spring Conference
April 16 and 23, 2021
Host: American Planning Association, Illinois Chapter

What Can Cities Do to Ensure Climate Success?
April 20, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

Complete Streets: Safe by Design (CMAP Talks)
April 21, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Racial Equity & Real Estate Conversations
April 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Host: Cook County Assessor's Office

We Will Chicago: Kickoff Conversation
April 29, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: City of Chicago and Metropolitan Planning Council

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