CMAP Weekly Update, 8-13-21

Three summer heat challenges your community can address

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, which found that we can expect to see more extreme weather over the next few decades. Northeastern Illinois is no stranger to extreme conditions, particularly in the summer when the region can experience heat waves, drought, and ozone pollution. Communities can take steps to plan for and lessen the effects of summer heat.

Traffic, transit use in region are climbing in 2021

Traffic is continuing to climb, reaching levels earlier this summer that northeastern Illinois typically experienced before the COVID-19 pandemic. Transit use also is rebounding in 2021 as more offices start welcoming back employees. In June, ridership on the Regional Transportation Authority's system marked the highest total since the pandemic started.

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) updated analysis on transportation changes during the pandemic covers the latest data on roads, trips, safety, transit, and freight activity in northeastern Illinois.

Senate passes infrastructure bill

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act. The legislation would provide $1.2 trillion over the next five years for the nation's transportation, water, broadband, and energy infrastructure. More than $567 billion of this funding would go toward projects and programs that affect every aspect of transportation, from road safety to public transit.

The bill would increase funding for core planning and transportation programs that CMAP administers regionally, including:

  • a 32 percent increase in metropolitan planning funding from FY2020's $357.9 million to $474.2 million by FY2026

  • a 32 percent increase in surface transportation program funding from FY2020's $11.288 billion to $14.975 billion by FY2026

  • a 10 percent increase in congestion mitigation funding from FY2020's $2.493 billion to $2.745 billion by FY2026

  • a 76 percent increase in transportation alternatives funding from FY2020's $850 million to $1.497 billion by FY2026

The bill would also create opportunities for regions to tackle emissions from the transportation sector through a new carbon reduction formula program, as well as a new congestion relief program that targets major metro areas. In addition to increased funding to address climate change regionally, the bill would make programmatic changes, allowing CMAP to better incorporate housing and economic development into how we plan for the future and make transportation investments.

Providing additional resources to regions to address climate change and make equitable, comprehensive decisions around housing, land use, and transportation are priorities in CMAP's federal agenda and the region's principles for surface transportation reauthorization.

The Senate-passed reauthorization bill now heads to the House of Representatives for debate and consideration. Congress has until Thursday, September 30, to pass a new reauthorization bill or extend and reauthorize transportation programs at current funding levels.

Celebrate Pullman's grand opening

Visit Chicago's Pullman neighborhood on Labor Day weekend for the grand opening of the Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and Pullman State Historic Site Factory Grounds. Join for family-friendly activities on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5. Stay up to date on the Pullman National Monument-National Park Service Facebook page and website.

Apply for hometown grants

T-Mobile has partnered with Smart Growth America and Main Street America to invest in small towns and rural communities through the Hometown Grants program. Communities with 50,000 or fewer residents can apply for up to $50,000.

Apply for housing solutions workshop

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, New York University Furman Center's Housing Solutions Lab, and Abt Associates invite applications to the Housing Solutions Workshop from small and mid-size cities and counties — those with populations between 50,000 and 500,000. The workshop helps localities develop a comprehensive and balanced housing strategy to better address affordability and other housing challenges. Apply by Friday, September 10.

Events

Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy: Asset Management
August 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

Change Management Tools for Safe System Implementation
August 27, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

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CMAP Weekly Update, 8-13-21

Three summer heat challenges your community can address

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, which found that we can expect to see more extreme weather over the next few decades. Northeastern Illinois is no stranger to extreme conditions, particularly in the summer when the region can experience heat waves, drought, and ozone pollution. Communities can take steps to plan for and lessen the effects of summer heat.

Traffic, transit use in region are climbing in 2021

Traffic is continuing to climb, reaching levels earlier this summer that northeastern Illinois typically experienced before the COVID-19 pandemic. Transit use also is rebounding in 2021 as more offices start welcoming back employees. In June, ridership on the Regional Transportation Authority's system marked the highest total since the pandemic started.

 

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) updated analysis on transportation changes during the pandemic covers the latest data on roads, trips, safety, transit, and freight activity in northeastern Illinois.

Senate passes infrastructure bill

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the surface transportation reauthorization bill, the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act. The legislation would provide $1.2 trillion over the next five years for the nation's transportation, water, broadband, and energy infrastructure. More than $567 billion of this funding would go toward projects and programs that affect every aspect of transportation, from road safety to public transit.

The bill would increase funding for core planning and transportation programs that CMAP administers regionally, including:

  • a 32 percent increase in metropolitan planning funding from FY2020's $357.9 million to $474.2 million by FY2026

  • a 32 percent increase in surface transportation program funding from FY2020's $11.288 billion to $14.975 billion by FY2026

  • a 10 percent increase in congestion mitigation funding from FY2020's $2.493 billion to $2.745 billion by FY2026

  • a 76 percent increase in transportation alternatives funding from FY2020's $850 million to $1.497 billion by FY2026

The bill would also create opportunities for regions to tackle emissions from the transportation sector through a new carbon reduction formula program, as well as a new congestion relief program that targets major metro areas. In addition to increased funding to address climate change regionally, the bill would make programmatic changes, allowing CMAP to better incorporate housing and economic development into how we plan for the future and make transportation investments.

Providing additional resources to regions to address climate change and make equitable, comprehensive decisions around housing, land use, and transportation are priorities in CMAP's federal agenda and the region's principles for surface transportation reauthorization.

The Senate-passed reauthorization bill now heads to the House of Representatives for debate and consideration. Congress has until Thursday, September 30, to pass a new reauthorization bill or extend and reauthorize transportation programs at current funding levels.

Celebrate Pullman's grand opening

Visit Chicago's Pullman neighborhood on Labor Day weekend for the grand opening of the Pullman National Monument Visitor Center and Pullman State Historic Site Factory Grounds. Join for family-friendly activities on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5. Stay up to date on the Pullman National Monument-National Park Service Facebook page and website.

Apply for hometown grants

T-Mobile has partnered with Smart Growth America and Main Street America to invest in small towns and rural communities through the Hometown Grants program. Communities with 50,000 or fewer residents can apply for up to $50,000.

Apply for housing solutions workshop

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, New York University Furman Center's Housing Solutions Lab, and Abt Associates invite applications to the Housing Solutions Workshop from small and mid-size cities and counties — those with populations between 50,000 and 500,000. The workshop helps localities develop a comprehensive and balanced housing strategy to better address affordability and other housing challenges. Apply by Friday, September 10.

Events

Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy: Asset Management
August 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council

Change Management Tools for Safe System Implementation
August 27, 2021, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Host: Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety

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