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August 9, 2019

CMAP Weekly, 8-9-19

CMAP Weekly, 8-9-19

Pace Pulse takes off

The ON TO 2050 principle of Inclusive Growth recommends strategies to grow our economy by providing opportunity for all. Throughout the region, residents, organizations, and stakeholders are already working to achieve this goal.

Starting Sunday, August 11, Pace is launching the Pulse program, which will provide fast, frequent, and reliable bus service in heavily traveled suburban corridors. The network’s first route will run along Milwaukee Avenue between the CTA Jefferson Park Transit Center and Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles.

Features of Pulse include stations with raised platforms for faster boarding, prominent vertical markers with maps and real-time bus arrival information, heated shelters with seating, snow-melt pavement, bike racks, and modern buses equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.

“Affordable, accessible, convenient bus services like Pulse boost our economy and provide opportunities for all while preserving the flexibility to adapt to environmental and market changes,” said Pace Executive Director Rocky Donahue. For more information about Pulse, please visit



New data set helps search 2019 Illinois state capital bill appropriations

At the beginning of the summer, the State of Illinois passed a capital package to fund transportation, water infrastructure, natural resources, affordable housing, and other projects. CMAP has created a transparent and user-friendly tool to search and explore 1,400-plus line item appropriations, which does not exist anywhere else. Download CMAP’s data table, and explore the projects and programs funded as part of the capital package.


Register today for CMAP fall event series

Join CMAP for a series of events that will connect you with local leaders and provide expert advice about how ON TO 2050 -- the region's new comprehensive plan -- can make a difference in your community. Five events will be held around the region with topics including:

A final ON TO 2050 Symposium, an all-day event, will be held in Chicago on October 10, the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the plan.

Each event will help you make meaningful connections with other communities and collaborate on some of our region’s toughest issues. A resource fair with opportunities and educational materials from CMAP's local and regional partners will also be available at each event. The Small Plans, Big Ideas event series will coincide with the 2019 joint call for projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning programs.



Public comment now open on regional transportation investments

CMAP is proposing three programs of projects funded by the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program. CMAP welcomes comments from the public on the proposed projects through Friday, August 16, 2019. The STP Project Selection Committee is also requesting comments on the process used to develop the STP Shared Fund program, including consideration for partially funding projects. Learn more about the projects and how to comment at

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 McHenry, North Shore, South, and Will councils are inviting comments. Details can be found here.



CMAP Municipal Directory available

The updated CMAP Municipal Directory is now available. Thank you to everyone who submitted edits. The directory contains contact information, including street addresses and phone numbers for municipal leaders and key staff for all seven counties in the CMAP region. 



Summer Bike Tour on Chicago's North Side
Kimball Brown Line Station
4755 N. Kimball Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
August 15, 2019
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
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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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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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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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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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Benefiting from a changing economy
Elgin, IL 60120
October 8, 2019
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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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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