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August 26, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-23-19

CMAP Weekly, 8-23-19

Explore new CMAP Sidewalk Inventory data

The Chicago region’s new comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, includes a recommendation to support the development of compact, walkable communities. The recommendation is based on recent surveys and home buying trends indicating a growing desire for mixed-use communities with walkable amenities in both urban and suburban areas, as well as research that shows walkability and density are important to support efficient transit services. However, during the development of ON TO 2050 it became clear that a critical component of the walkability analysis was missing -- there was no regional data on sidewalks -- until now.

CMAP staff recently analyzed approximately 30,000 miles of roads in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties to determine the existence of sidewalks on one or both sides of the street and whether there is a barrier between traffic and the sidewalk. The resulting dataset shows that the availability, quality, and safety of sidewalks around the region varies greatly. The final product, a database now publicly available on the CMAP Data Hub, is a tool for understanding communities' pedestrian infrastructure needs, including how to prioritize sidewalk improvements. Read more on CMAP’s website about how your community can use the Sidewalk Inventory data.




Using technology to improve traffic performance

The ON TO 2050 principle of Prioritized Investment calls for carefully targeting resources to maximize benefits, and partners across the region are advancing this principle while improving our transportation system. For example, the Lake County Division of Transportation is the recent recipient of an international award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers for the Lake County Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM) Program. The program improves travel on the County’s arterials by automatically monitoring traffic volumes, as well as traffic signal performance and health, and recommending new signal plans to improve flow of traffic. Learn more about ATSPM, and other ways technology can improve our transportation network.



Join us for 'Harnessing technology for a safer future,' September 17 in Aurora

How can municipalities in the Chicago region best approach technology changes? Hear from our panel about responsibly sharing data and leveraging CMAP's research and innovation services to help communities prosper, improve safety, and bolster inclusive growth.

Our panel of local leaders include Elizabeth Irvin, Transportation Director at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Michael Pegues, Chief Information Officer of the City of Aurora, and Mayor Joe Gallo of the City of Rolling Meadows. Register and attend the event from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, at Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus (18 S. River St., Aurora).

This event is the first in the Small Plans, Big Ideas Forum Series that will connect you with local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 can make a difference in your community.




Join the Greenest Region Corps

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is accepting applications for the Greenest Region Corps (GRC). GRC is a new partnership between the Mayors Caucus and AmeriCorps that pairs enthusiastic volunteers with GRC communities for 10 months to lead sustainability projects at the local level. Volunteers receive a living allowance and an educational award from AmeriCorps upon completing 1,720 service hours. Apply before Sunday, August 25.



Public comment now open on regional transportation investments

Public Comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2019-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment.
The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 19-09. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Public comment period on local Surface Transportation Program methodologies
Throughout the summer, the local Councils of Mayors and City of Chicago will be seeking public comment on proposed methodologies for selecting local projects to be funded through the Surface Transportation Program. Each council will adopt a methodology that incorporates performance-based programming and regional planning factors by Monday, September 30, 2019.

CMAP and the Councils will publicize each opportunity for public comment. Currently the City of Chicago and the Northwest council are inviting comments. Details can be found here.




Metra's "On Track to Success" Vendor Fair
Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
September 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Drinking Water 1-2-3 Academy:
Incorporating water supply in local planning

Barrington Park District
235 Lions Dr.
Barrington, IL 60010
September 12, 2019
8:00 a.m. to noon
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Harnessing technology for a safer future

Waubonsee Community College - Downtown Campus
18 S. River St.
Aurora, IL 60506
September 17, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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GO TO 2040 becomes ON TO 2050:
CMAP's dynamic regional plan, and how it impacts commercial real estate

East Bank Club
500 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60654
September 18, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Developing and Sustaining an Open Data Program
Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center
2100 Ridge Ave., Room 2404
Evanston, IL 60201
September 24, 2019
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Focusing your plan for real results

Joliet Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa St.
Joliet, IL 60432
September 24, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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APA-IL State Conference
Hilton Orrington - Evanston
1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
September 25-27, 2019
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Midwest Connections:
Travel Smart 2019 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting

DoubleTree Suites and Conference Center
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
September 26-27, 2019
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Engagement, Process, and ROI in Your Local Government:
The 3 Keys to Building a Successful Innovation Program

Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion
220 N. Euclid Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
September 27, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Making it happen -- from plan to project

Greenbelt Cultural Center
1215 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
October 1, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Planing for an equitable water future

CalComm Regional 911 Center
12419 S. Ashland Ave.
Calumet Park, IL 60827
October 3, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
Benefiting from a changing economy

Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
October 8, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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Small Plans, Big Ideas:
ON TO 2050 Symposium

Conference Chicago at University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
October 10, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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