CMAP Weekly Update, 6-25-21

Deadline extended: Submit regional award nominations

Have you worked on a project that improved quality of life for residents in the region? Submit a nomination now to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's first-ever Regional Excellence Awards. The deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7.

 

The awards program recognizes individuals and projects that prioritize equity, strengthen the resiliency of our 284 communities, and make northeastern Illinois more economically competitive. Municipal leaders, nonprofits, transit agencies, and advocates are invited to make a nomination.

 

We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and more during our inaugural State of the Region event on Thursday, October 7.

Illinois Tollway expands I-PASS Assist program

The Illinois Tollway opened enrollment this week to an expanded I-PASS Assist program that will help more residents with low income attain the benefits of I-PASS. The program significantly reduces the upfront costs of I-PASS for eligible customers. 

 

This move will increase access to I-PASS, a key recommendation of CMAP's recent report, Improving equity in transportation fees, fines, and fares. The report details how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color, and recommends policy changes to improve equity. 

DIY bike repair stations appear across the region

To encourage biking as a travel option, Libertyville offers four self-service repair stations in its downtown and near bike paths. Libertyville partnered with George Garner Cyclery, which donated the stations. The village installed and maintains them. A year into the program, the stations allow riders to make minor repairs or refill their tires for free. 

Similar self-service stations are available in other communities, including Batavia, Elmhurst, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, and Rolling Meadows, as well as along The 606 elevated trail in Chicago.

 

Consider locations along trails or bike lanes where adding bicycle repair stations could help support biking in your community. 

Take a survey on electric vehicle and equipment planning

Illinois has aggressive climate goals that set targets for decarbonization across all sectors and industries. Both public and private organizations are reevaluating how they operate to become cleaner and more energy efficient.

 

ComEd is conducting a 10-minute survey to learn about the environmental and sustainability goals of various organizations — from businesses to municipalities — and the role of electrification in the years to come. Your answers will be used to better understand and meet the needs of northern Illinois. The survey closes Friday, July 2.

Stormwater projects wanted in the Little Calumet and Lower Des Plaines watersheds

The Nature Conservancy has partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Council to develop a new stormwater trading marketplace in Cook County. They are looking for the first projects to take advantage of the program.

 

Submit project ideas for the StormStore Opportunity Funding by Wednesday, September 1. Read details about eligibility or contact Jen Jenkins for more information.

Events

Revitalizing the Grid to Achieve a Clean-Powered Economy
June 30, 2021, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Host: Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Webinar: Role of MPOs in Transition Plan Implementation
June 30, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Federal Highway Administration

 

Racial Equity and Real Estate Conversations
June 30, 2021, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Host: Cook County Assessor's Office

National Shared Mobility Summit
July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021
Host: Shared-Use Mobility Center

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Webinar: Local Public Agencies Experiences in Transition Plan Implementation
July 14, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Federal Highway Administration

 

Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy Virtual Event: Lead service lines
July 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

 

Disability Advisory Groups' Involvement in Local Public Agencies Transition Plan Implementation
July 21, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Federal Highway Administration

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CMAP Weekly Update, 6-25-21

Deadline extended: Submit regional award nominations

Have you worked on a project that improved quality of life for residents in the region? Submit a nomination now to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's first-ever Regional Excellence Awards. The deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7.

 

The awards program recognizes individuals and projects that prioritize equity, strengthen the resiliency of our 284 communities, and make northeastern Illinois more economically competitive. Municipal leaders, nonprofits, transit agencies, and advocates are invited to make a nomination.

 

We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments and more during our inaugural State of the Region event on Thursday, October 7.

Illinois Tollway expands I-PASS Assist program

The Illinois Tollway opened enrollment this week to an expanded I-PASS Assist program that will help more residents with low income attain the benefits of I-PASS. The program significantly reduces the upfront costs of I-PASS for eligible customers. 

 

This move will increase access to I-PASS, a key recommendation of CMAP's recent report, Improving equity in transportation fees, fines, and fares. The report details how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color, and recommends policy changes to improve equity. 

DIY bike repair stations appear across the region

To encourage biking as a travel option, Libertyville offers four self-service repair stations in its downtown and near bike paths. Libertyville partnered with George Garner Cyclery, which donated the stations. The village installed and maintains them. A year into the program, the stations allow riders to make minor repairs or refill their tires for free. 

Similar self-service stations are available in other communities, including Batavia, Elmhurst, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, and Rolling Meadows, as well as along The 606 elevated trail in Chicago.

 

Consider locations along trails or bike lanes where adding bicycle repair stations could help support biking in your community. 

Take a survey on electric vehicle and equipment planning

Illinois has aggressive climate goals that set targets for decarbonization across all sectors and industries. Both public and private organizations are reevaluating how they operate to become cleaner and more energy efficient.

 

ComEd is conducting a 10-minute survey to learn about the environmental and sustainability goals of various organizations — from businesses to municipalities — and the role of electrification in the years to come. Your answers will be used to better understand and meet the needs of northern Illinois. The survey closes Friday, July 2.

Stormwater projects wanted in the Little Calumet and Lower Des Plaines watersheds

The Nature Conservancy has partnered with the Metropolitan Planning Council to develop a new stormwater trading marketplace in Cook County. They are looking for the first projects to take advantage of the program.

 

Submit project ideas for the StormStore Opportunity Funding by Wednesday, September 1. Read details about eligibility or contact Jen Jenkins for more information.

Events

Revitalizing the Grid to Achieve a Clean-Powered Economy
June 30, 2021, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Host: Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Webinar: Role of MPOs in Transition Plan Implementation
June 30, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Federal Highway Administration

 

Racial Equity and Real Estate Conversations
June 30, 2021, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Host: Cook County Assessor's Office

National Shared Mobility Summit
July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021
Host: Shared-Use Mobility Center

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Webinar: Local Public Agencies Experiences in Transition Plan Implementation
July 14, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Federal Highway Administration

 

Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy Virtual Event: Lead service lines
July 15, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

 

Disability Advisory Groups' Involvement in Local Public Agencies Transition Plan Implementation
July 21, 2021, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Host: Federal Highway Administration

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