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April 15, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-10-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-10-20

Immerse yourself in new water demand and rate data

Population growth and industrial development have led to increasing groundwater withdrawals in the Chicago region. In some areas, groundwater is withdrawn at a rate that exceeds the recharge rate, leading to decreasing yields, increasing pumping demands, increasing salinity, and the search for alternative water sources, all of which increase the cost of providing water.

The Chicago region’s comprehensive plan includes a recommendation to coordinate and conserve shared water supply resources. Regional data on long-term water demand and recent water rate data help us do this, but have not been available – until now.

CMAP and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant developed this critical water data for northeastern Illinois using water withdrawal data from the Illinois Water Inventory Program and collecting detailed rate data directly from municipalities.

The two final products, now publicly available on the CMAP Data Hub, include past water use and demand forecasts and water and sewer rate data for each community utility allowing anyone to understand their community’s water needs.

How can your community use the data?

  1. Examine trends and price signals. 
  2. Incorporate forecasted data into local plans. 
  3. Assess equity and affordability. 
  4. Track performance. 
  5. Communicate the value of water. 

Learn more about the data and how you can use it on our website.

 

CMAP Board meeting recap

In accordance with the Governor’s guidance on conducting necessary public business during the COVID-19 crisis, a full quorum of the CMAP Board met via web and teleconference on Wednesday, April 8. The agenda included a report from CMAP executive director Erin Aleman on the steps staff have taken over the last three weeks to continue work remotely and to assess how CMAP can assist with immediate and long-term needs of communities and partners. Additionally, the Board received a draft of the agency’s FY2021 Comprehensive Workplan and Budget, and heard updates about federal and state recovery actions and resources. Finally, the Board heard initial staff analysis on two proposed ON TO 2050 amendments: Improvements to I-55 at Airport-Lockport Road and IL 126 and Improvements to I-55 from I-80 to US 52 and US 52 from River Road to Houbolt Road, which are under consideration for addition to ON TO 2050’s list of approved Regionally Significant Projects. CMAP welcomes public comment on both projects from today through Monday, May 11, 2020.

You can view a recording of this week’s meeting and previous CMAP Board meetings on the CMAP Meetings YouTube channel. The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Watch the Weekly Update for more details.

 

Public comment

Amendments to ON TO 2050

ON TO 2050 identifies a list of fiscally constrained regionally significant projects (RSPs), which are eligible to receive federal transportation funds and obtain certain federal approvals. The Illinois Department of Transportation has requested amendments to ON TO 2050 to designate two proposed projects as RSPs: I-55 at Airport/Lockport and at IL 126; and I-55 from I-80 to US 52 and US 52 from River Road to Houbolt Road.

Per the amendment process, CMAP has conducted both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of the proposals. Memos reporting on these analyses are available for public comment today through Monday, May 11. The memos were discussed at the April 3 CMAP Transportation Committee meeting and the April 8 CMAP Board meeting. Following the public comment period, CMAP staff will produce a recommendation memo, which will be voted on by the CMAP Board on Wednesday, June 10, and by the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee on Thursday, June 11. 

ON TO 2050/FFY 2020-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analyses of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 20-06 and the ON TO 2050 Regionally Significant Project Conformity Analysis and TIP Plan Amendment 20-03.1. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by maile-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 11, 2020.

 

Local highway safety project funding deadline extended

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, June 12, 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. 

 

CMAP Celebrates: Ingrid Witherspoon

Our staff are the core of our work. Each of them is here for a different reason, but we all have the same goal: a thriving Chicago region. Through our new periodic feature, CMAP Celebrates, we wanted to introduce you to our staff so you can learn about them in their own words.

“I started working reception at CMAP eight years ago and it was supposed to just be a temp job for 30 days, but I’m still here. I love talking to people, serving people – so this is just like getting paid to do what you love. I leave our house before 7:00 a.m. and my train rolls right past my old Chicago neighborhood where I grew up, Morgan Park. Every day it’s like I’m watching a story. It’s my journey. I get to see where I came from, where I am now, and where I’m going – and just feel so grateful for it.

I’m the first one to get here in the morning. I make sure there’s coffee for everyone and set up signage to help direct traffic when people get here for meetings. I’m like the face of CMAP and I take that very seriously. I’m the first one people see when they come in the door and the one who wishes them a good night when they leave. Some people have traveled for hours to get here, maybe they are having a bad day, their train was late, or they are nervous for a big meeting or interview. So, you want to greet them and brighten their mood so they have a good experience here.

I try to give the customer service I would want. When I go to a place and have a bad experience, I never forget that. That goes for staff too. If they need help getting a rental car, or an interpreter for a meeting, or have any questions about processes, I’m here to help. I love talking to people. You learn people are so different, yet they are so much alike.

My nickname at church is ‘Sunshine’ and I try to bring that here, too. Some days it is tougher than others, but I take a deep breath and remember we are all going through something. We all might wish we had enough money to stay home, but the reality is we have to work – so let’s make the best of it.”

Ingrid lives with her husband and two grown sons in Matteson. After work, Ingrid loves to cook and is completing a degree program in Business Administration and Accounting from Robert Morris University because “I wanted to finish what I started, and there’s always something to learn.”

 

Events

How to Combat a Water Crisis 
Next City
April 15, 2020
Noon
More information

COVID-19: Coping With Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis
GovLoop
April 15, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information

Bike Infrastructure - Comparison of Bikeway Types
Ride Illinois
April 15, 2020
Noon
More information

Public Transit/Rideshare Partnerships: 21 Key Takeaways from Programs in the United States
Chaddick Institute, DePaul University
April 16, 2020
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

Bike Infrastructure - Advocating Better Road Designs
Ride Illinois
April 22, 2020
Noon
More information

EnviroAtlas Training Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
April 28, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-10-20

Immerse yourself in new water demand and rate data

Population growth and industrial development have led to increasing groundwater withdrawals in the Chicago region. In some areas, groundwater is withdrawn at a rate that exceeds the recharge rate, leading to decreasing yields, increasing pumping demands, increasing salinity, and the search for alternative water sources, all of which increase the cost of providing water.

The Chicago region’s comprehensive plan includes a recommendation to coordinate and conserve shared water supply resources. Regional data on long-term water demand and recent water rate data help us do this, but have not been available – until now.

CMAP and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant developed this critical water data for northeastern Illinois using water withdrawal data from the Illinois Water Inventory Program and collecting detailed rate data directly from municipalities.

The two final products, now publicly available on the CMAP Data Hub, include past water use and demand forecasts and water and sewer rate data for each community utility allowing anyone to understand their community’s water needs.

How can your community use the data?

  1. Examine trends and price signals. 
  2. Incorporate forecasted data into local plans. 
  3. Assess equity and affordability. 
  4. Track performance. 
  5. Communicate the value of water. 

Learn more about the data and how you can use it on our website.

 

CMAP Board meeting recap

In accordance with the Governor’s guidance on conducting necessary public business during the COVID-19 crisis, a full quorum of the CMAP Board met via web and teleconference on Wednesday, April 8. The agenda included a report from CMAP executive director Erin Aleman on the steps staff have taken over the last three weeks to continue work remotely and to assess how CMAP can assist with immediate and long-term needs of communities and partners. Additionally, the Board received a draft of the agency’s FY2021 Comprehensive Workplan and Budget, and heard updates about federal and state recovery actions and resources. Finally, the Board heard initial staff analysis on two proposed ON TO 2050 amendments: Improvements to I-55 at Airport-Lockport Road and IL 126 and Improvements to I-55 from I-80 to US 52 and US 52 from River Road to Houbolt Road, which are under consideration for addition to ON TO 2050’s list of approved Regionally Significant Projects. CMAP welcomes public comment on both projects from today through Monday, May 11, 2020.

You can view a recording of this week’s meeting and previous CMAP Board meetings on the CMAP Meetings YouTube channel. The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Watch the Weekly Update for more details.

 

Public comment

Amendments to ON TO 2050

ON TO 2050 identifies a list of fiscally constrained regionally significant projects (RSPs), which are eligible to receive federal transportation funds and obtain certain federal approvals. The Illinois Department of Transportation has requested amendments to ON TO 2050 to designate two proposed projects as RSPs: I-55 at Airport/Lockport and at IL 126; and I-55 from I-80 to US 52 and US 52 from River Road to Houbolt Road.

Per the amendment process, CMAP has conducted both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of the proposals. Memos reporting on these analyses are available for public comment today through Monday, May 11. The memos were discussed at the April 3 CMAP Transportation Committee meeting and the April 8 CMAP Board meeting. Following the public comment period, CMAP staff will produce a recommendation memo, which will be voted on by the CMAP Board on Wednesday, June 10, and by the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee on Thursday, June 11. 

ON TO 2050/FFY 2020-24 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

CMAP released the following conformity analyses of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 20-06 and the ON TO 2050 Regionally Significant Project Conformity Analysis and TIP Plan Amendment 20-03.1. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by maile-mail, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, May 11, 2020.

 

Local highway safety project funding deadline extended

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, June 12, 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. 

 

CMAP Celebrates: Ingrid Witherspoon

Our staff are the core of our work. Each of them is here for a different reason, but we all have the same goal: a thriving Chicago region. Through our new periodic feature, CMAP Celebrates, we wanted to introduce you to our staff so you can learn about them in their own words.

“I started working reception at CMAP eight years ago and it was supposed to just be a temp job for 30 days, but I’m still here. I love talking to people, serving people – so this is just like getting paid to do what you love. I leave our house before 7:00 a.m. and my train rolls right past my old Chicago neighborhood where I grew up, Morgan Park. Every day it’s like I’m watching a story. It’s my journey. I get to see where I came from, where I am now, and where I’m going – and just feel so grateful for it.

I’m the first one to get here in the morning. I make sure there’s coffee for everyone and set up signage to help direct traffic when people get here for meetings. I’m like the face of CMAP and I take that very seriously. I’m the first one people see when they come in the door and the one who wishes them a good night when they leave. Some people have traveled for hours to get here, maybe they are having a bad day, their train was late, or they are nervous for a big meeting or interview. So, you want to greet them and brighten their mood so they have a good experience here.

I try to give the customer service I would want. When I go to a place and have a bad experience, I never forget that. That goes for staff too. If they need help getting a rental car, or an interpreter for a meeting, or have any questions about processes, I’m here to help. I love talking to people. You learn people are so different, yet they are so much alike.

My nickname at church is ‘Sunshine’ and I try to bring that here, too. Some days it is tougher than others, but I take a deep breath and remember we are all going through something. We all might wish we had enough money to stay home, but the reality is we have to work – so let’s make the best of it.”

Ingrid lives with her husband and two grown sons in Matteson. After work, Ingrid loves to cook and is completing a degree program in Business Administration and Accounting from Robert Morris University because “I wanted to finish what I started, and there’s always something to learn.”

 

Events

How to Combat a Water Crisis 
Next City
April 15, 2020
Noon
More information

COVID-19: Coping With Realities of Business Operations During a Crisis
GovLoop
April 15, 2020
1:00 p.m.
More information

Bike Infrastructure - Comparison of Bikeway Types
Ride Illinois
April 15, 2020
Noon
More information

Public Transit/Rideshare Partnerships: 21 Key Takeaways from Programs in the United States
Chaddick Institute, DePaul University
April 16, 2020
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
More information

Bike Infrastructure - Advocating Better Road Designs
Ride Illinois
April 22, 2020
Noon
More information

EnviroAtlas Training Webinar
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
April 28, 2020
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
More information

 

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