March 20, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-20-20

Mar 20, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-20-20

A message from Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director

Last week we heeded the Governor’s call for non-essential services to work remotely to minimize exposure for employees, partners, and our communities’ most vulnerable. We’ve been working remotely for a week now, and I cannot adequately express how proud I am of the CMAP team’s willingness to jump in to help wherever and whenever needed. I am meeting with my leadership team daily to ensure our important work across the region continues to the best of our ability.  

We’ve also made the decision to cancel March Committee meetings as we ramp up our virtual conferencing capabilities, which we hope to roll out for Committee meetings scheduled in April. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly to Committee liaisons or leave a message at (312) 454-0400. We are checking messages several times a day and will get back to you as quickly as we can. 

I know we are all facing similar challenges in our organizations and communities. As I have with my staff, I encourage you to reach out to your peers, your neighbors, check in on one another, and share what’s working and what’s not. There will no doubt be more challenges ahead, but together as a region, we can tackle them head on. 

Erin 

 

COVID-19 impacts on transit funding

As more people are working from home and reducing non-essential trips due to concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), transit ridership is down. Block Club Chicago reported that CTA ridership has decreased 12 percent since March 11. 

This week, CMAP joined more than two hundred local agencies and organizations in signing a letter to Congress asking it to provide emergency funding to public transportation agencies across the country. 

Transit agencies are already facing funding issues. The federal money they rely on has been stagnate and their total revenue is expected to grow slower than the cost of the system. On top of that, COVID-19 will further reduce revenue as riders stay home, while the transit agencies have had to spend more money to increase cleanings. 

Our region’s transit system is one of our most critical assets, and while many people have been able to replace their transit trips with other modes of transportation, for some, public transit is their only way to work, the grocery store, or health care facilities. The Chicago Tribune provides tips for staying safe while riding public transit during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Center for System Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University has created a map that tracks the number of cases of COVID-19 globally.

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On Wednesday, March 18, Congress passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). The law goes into effect into effect April 2, 2020, and will remain in place until December 31, 2020. Among other things, the bill provides for COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave, expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, and free testing for the virus. Specifically, the bill requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide for an additional 80 hours of COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave and an additional 12 weeks in COVID-19-related FMLA. Employers with less than 50 employees are eligible to apply for a hardship exemption. According to the bill, a model notice for employers to post or share with their employees will be provided by the Department of Labor by next week.

CMAP will continue to monitor federal action related to COVID-19 and its impact on our partners, stakeholders and the region. For more information on the bill, please see the resources that have been linked below.

 

RTA announces 2020 Access to Transit call for projects

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announces the opening of the 2020 call for projects for the Access to Transit Program. The program seeks projects that improve access to the regional transit system for pedestrians and bicyclists, including sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, bus and rail warming shelters, and covered bike parking at transit stations. New in 2020, the RTA will accept applications for micromobility projects such as bikeshare as well as Phase I Engineering for high need communities. An informational webinar will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23; click here to RSVP and learn more about the program and process. Applications are due Friday, May 8. Please submit any questions regarding eligible projects or the application to Michael Horsting, Local Planning Manager, at horstingm@rtachicago.org.

 

Local highway safety project funding available

The Illinois Department of Transportation is requesting candidate projects for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) that will be initiated in fiscal year 2022. HSIP has a goal of achieving a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. Fatal and serious injury crashes associated with roadway departures, intersections, and pedestrians are high priority emphasis areas based on the current Illinois Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Applications are due by Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET, and announcement of the selected projects for funding will be made during the week of July 27, 2020. 

 

Events

U.S. Census Bureau Presents: Exploring Transportation Statistics
March 31, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information

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Mar 20, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-20-20

A message from Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director

Last week we heeded the Governor’s call for non-essential services to work remotely to minimize exposure for employees, partners, and our communities’ most vulnerable. We’ve been working remotely for a week now, and I cannot adequately express how proud I am of the CMAP team’s willingness to jump in to help wherever and whenever needed. I am meeting with my leadership team daily to ensure our important work across the region continues to the best of our ability.  

We’ve also made the decision to cancel March Committee meetings as we ramp up our virtual conferencing capabilities, which we hope to roll out for Committee meetings scheduled in April. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out directly to Committee liaisons or leave a message at (312) 454-0400. We are checking messages several times a day and will get back to you as quickly as we can. 

I know we are all facing similar challenges in our organizations and communities. As I have with my staff, I encourage you to reach out to your peers, your neighbors, check in on one another, and share what’s working and what’s not. There will no doubt be more challenges ahead, but together as a region, we can tackle them head on. 

Erin 

 

COVID-19 impacts on transit funding

As more people are working from home and reducing non-essential trips due to concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), transit ridership is down. Block Club Chicago reported that CTA ridership has decreased 12 percent since March 11. 

This week, CMAP joined more than two hundred local agencies and organizations in signing a letter to Congress asking it to provide emergency funding to public transportation agencies across the country. 

Transit agencies are already facing funding issues. The federal money they rely on has been stagnate and their total revenue is expected to grow slower than the cost of the system. On top of that, COVID-19 will further reduce revenue as riders stay home, while the transit agencies have had to spend more money to increase cleanings. 

Our region’s transit system is one of our most critical assets, and while many people have been able to replace their transit trips with other modes of transportation, for some, public transit is their only way to work, the grocery store, or health care facilities. The Chicago Tribune provides tips for staying safe while riding public transit during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Center for System Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University has created a map that tracks the number of cases of COVID-19 globally.

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On Wednesday, March 18, Congress passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). The law goes into effect into effect April 2, 2020, and will remain in place until December 31, 2020. Among other things, the bill provides for COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave, expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, and free testing for the virus. Specifically, the bill requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide for an additional 80 hours of COVID-19-related emergency paid sick leave and an additional 12 weeks in COVID-19-related FMLA. Employers with less than 50 employees are eligible to apply for a hardship exemption. According to the bill, a model notice for employers to post or share with their employees will be provided by the Department of Labor by next week.

CMAP will continue to monitor federal action related to COVID-19 and its impact on our partners, stakeholders and the region. For more information on the bill, please see the resources that have been linked below.

 

RTA announces 2020 Access to Transit call for projects

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announces the opening of the 2020 call for projects for the Access to Transit Program. The program seeks projects that improve access to the regional transit system for pedestrians and bicyclists, including sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, bus and rail warming shelters, and covered bike parking at transit stations. New in 2020, the RTA will accept applications for micromobility projects such as bikeshare as well as Phase I Engineering for high need communities. An informational webinar will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23; click here to RSVP and learn more about the program and process. Applications are due Friday, May 8. Please submit any questions regarding eligible projects or the application to Michael Horsting, Local Planning Manager, at horstingm@rtachicago.org.

 

Local highway safety project funding available

The Illinois Department of Transportation is requesting candidate projects for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) that will be initiated in fiscal year 2022. HSIP has a goal of achieving a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. Fatal and serious injury crashes associated with roadway departures, intersections, and pedestrians are high priority emphasis areas based on the current Illinois Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Applications are due by Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET, and announcement of the selected projects for funding will be made during the week of July 27, 2020. 

 

Events

U.S. Census Bureau Presents: Exploring Transportation Statistics
March 31, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information

To Top