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April 17, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-17-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 4-17-20

Transformation through intentional change

The global COVID-19 pandemic is shining a light on the strength of the people in our region – from essential workers to first responders to those of us who are staying at home to do our part. However, it is also exposing underlying problems in our region in ways we haven’t seen before.

For example, it’s not a coincidence that minorities, often the essential workers, make up 70% of COVID-19 deaths in Chicago. The region’s long-range plan, ON TO 2050, identified economically disconnected areas, communities left behind and lacking investment, as being directly tied to lower health outcomes. Without intentional investment and reinvestment strategies these areas will continue to be left behind.

As we start to prepare for a new normal, this provides an opportunity for us to intentionally shape our region’s future, rather than let it shape us. If we are truly #inthistogether we must capitalize on this opportunity to double down on the goals we have set as a region – inclusive growth, resiliency and prioritized investment.

Our local leaders have stood strong through this unfolding crisis. However, transportation, housing, public health, climate, water, and our economic future stretches beyond municipal boundaries. As a regional convener, CMAP will continue to support local governments to meet our region’s most pressing needs.

This is our once in a lifetime opportunity to come back stronger. As I look to what the future could hold, I am reminded of our region’s history. Renowned urban designer Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago provided much of the structure we have come to know and love – from the free and open lakefront, to the boulevards and forest preserves. Now is the time to hone our planning skills, to redefine a 21st century transportation system, protect our natural resources and climate, and grow our economy for the next century.

After all, addressing the region’s biggest challenges is what the ON TO 2050 plan was built on.

Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director

We start today by providing you information on the federal legislation recently passed, data on the impacts to our transportation system, and its effects on anticipated revenues. We will be bringing you more information and analysis to help shape decision making in the weeks to come.

 

COVID-19 federal legislation and transportation system impacts

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has enacted three bills: the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Together, these bills focus primarily on responding to the pandemic, providing immediate relief to those impacted by mandatory and voluntary closures. The latest version of CMAP staff’s interpretation of the legislation’s programs is available, and is meant to be used by local governments for informational purposes.

What we have learned
Since the start of the COVID response and stay at home order, transit and transportation use has significantly changed. While there is a lot of speculation about what is occurring, we would like to share with you what we have learned so far. This includes data and analysis of movement on our roadways, safety, transit ridership, and freight rail movements. 

Transportation funding impacts
Vehicle travel in 2020 will experience unprecedented declines due to both the statewide order to limit travel and the pandemic’s resulting economic impacts.

Staff looked at two different scenarios for motor fuel tax revenues for 2020, and how they could change previous forecasts. CMAP staff will continue to monitor these trends and review and share data as it becomes available.

What is still unknown
The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to our nation and world. CMAP understands that the true impact of this situation is beyond the information we have today. As data becomes available, CMAP will continue to provide analysis and reflection. In coming weeks, staff will look at municipal revenue impacts, environmental impacts, stimulus principles to strategically guide our region, and the continued roll out of state and federal relief programs. 

 

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is accepting grant proposals for those providing emergency response services in the Chicago area impacted by COVID-19. Organizations providing direct services in the following areas are eligible: access to health care; stable housing, emergency shelter, and supportive services; and community hubs providing emergency supplies, financial assistance, or outreach. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 20.

 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Day graphic

This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a global theme of taking climate action. Climate change is expected to bring warmer, wetter conditions, affecting virtually every aspect of our lives, including our health outcomes.Our most vulnerable residents will experience the greatest harm from these negative effects. Taking action today will help protect our health tomorrow.

 

Illinois Bike/Walk Learning Collaborative

The Illinois Public Health Institute and Active Transportation Alliance have announced a new learning collaborative - The Illinois Bike/Walk Virtual Learning Collaborative - which will support Illinois communities in identifying projects and understanding what will be needed to successfully apply for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

Committed cross‐sector teams from up to 15 Illinois communities will form the

learning collaborative cohort. Participants will receive professional development, group technical assistance, engage in peer‐learning activities to build capacity to develop projects and proposals that will be eligible and competitive for ITEP funds.  Please email any questions and the completed application to Sarah.Chusid@iphionline.org with subject line “Illinois Bike/Walk Virtual Learning Collaborative Application" by Friday, May 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

 

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 through Monday, May 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.

 

Events

Preparing for the Day After: How Micromobility Can Get Communities Moving Post-COVID
Lime Public Policy and Advocacy
April 21, 2020
Noon
More information

The Regional Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic: The Fiscal Impact and What it Means
National Association of Regional Councils
April 21, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

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

Facilitating Strong and Equitable Virtual Spaces
Embracing Equity
April 23, 2020
11:00 a.m.
More information

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

Bike Infrastructure - Local Bike Plans, Implementation, Grants
Ride Illinois
April 29, 2020
Noon
More information

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit
Shared-Use Mobility Center
May 5-6, 2020
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 4-17-20

Transformation through intentional change

The global COVID-19 pandemic is shining a light on the strength of the people in our region – from essential workers to first responders to those of us who are staying at home to do our part. However, it is also exposing underlying problems in our region in ways we haven’t seen before.

For example, it’s not a coincidence that minorities, often the essential workers, make up 70% of COVID-19 deaths in Chicago. The region’s long-range plan, ON TO 2050, identified economically disconnected areas, communities left behind and lacking investment, as being directly tied to lower health outcomes. Without intentional investment and reinvestment strategies these areas will continue to be left behind.

As we start to prepare for a new normal, this provides an opportunity for us to intentionally shape our region’s future, rather than let it shape us. If we are truly #inthistogether we must capitalize on this opportunity to double down on the goals we have set as a region – inclusive growth, resiliency and prioritized investment.

Our local leaders have stood strong through this unfolding crisis. However, transportation, housing, public health, climate, water, and our economic future stretches beyond municipal boundaries. As a regional convener, CMAP will continue to support local governments to meet our region’s most pressing needs.

This is our once in a lifetime opportunity to come back stronger. As I look to what the future could hold, I am reminded of our region’s history. Renowned urban designer Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago provided much of the structure we have come to know and love – from the free and open lakefront, to the boulevards and forest preserves. Now is the time to hone our planning skills, to redefine a 21st century transportation system, protect our natural resources and climate, and grow our economy for the next century.

After all, addressing the region’s biggest challenges is what the ON TO 2050 plan was built on.

Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director

We start today by providing you information on the federal legislation recently passed, data on the impacts to our transportation system, and its effects on anticipated revenues. We will be bringing you more information and analysis to help shape decision making in the weeks to come.

 

COVID-19 federal legislation and transportation system impacts

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Congress has enacted three bills: the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Together, these bills focus primarily on responding to the pandemic, providing immediate relief to those impacted by mandatory and voluntary closures. The latest version of CMAP staff’s interpretation of the legislation’s programs is available, and is meant to be used by local governments for informational purposes.

What we have learned
Since the start of the COVID response and stay at home order, transit and transportation use has significantly changed. While there is a lot of speculation about what is occurring, we would like to share with you what we have learned so far. This includes data and analysis of movement on our roadways, safety, transit ridership, and freight rail movements. 

Transportation funding impacts
Vehicle travel in 2020 will experience unprecedented declines due to both the statewide order to limit travel and the pandemic’s resulting economic impacts.

Staff looked at two different scenarios for motor fuel tax revenues for 2020, and how they could change previous forecasts. CMAP staff will continue to monitor these trends and review and share data as it becomes available.

What is still unknown
The COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to our nation and world. CMAP understands that the true impact of this situation is beyond the information we have today. As data becomes available, CMAP will continue to provide analysis and reflection. In coming weeks, staff will look at municipal revenue impacts, environmental impacts, stimulus principles to strategically guide our region, and the continued roll out of state and federal relief programs. 

 

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

The Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund is accepting grant proposals for those providing emergency response services in the Chicago area impacted by COVID-19. Organizations providing direct services in the following areas are eligible: access to health care; stable housing, emergency shelter, and supportive services; and community hubs providing emergency supplies, financial assistance, or outreach. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 20.

 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Day graphic

This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a global theme of taking climate action. Climate change is expected to bring warmer, wetter conditions, affecting virtually every aspect of our lives, including our health outcomes.Our most vulnerable residents will experience the greatest harm from these negative effects. Taking action today will help protect our health tomorrow.

 

Illinois Bike/Walk Learning Collaborative

The Illinois Public Health Institute and Active Transportation Alliance have announced a new learning collaborative - The Illinois Bike/Walk Virtual Learning Collaborative - which will support Illinois communities in identifying projects and understanding what will be needed to successfully apply for Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 

Committed cross‐sector teams from up to 15 Illinois communities will form the

learning collaborative cohort. Participants will receive professional development, group technical assistance, engage in peer‐learning activities to build capacity to develop projects and proposals that will be eligible and competitive for ITEP funds.  Please email any questions and the completed application to Sarah.Chusid@iphionline.org with subject line “Illinois Bike/Walk Virtual Learning Collaborative Application" by Friday, May 8, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

 

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 through Monday, May 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.

 

Events

Preparing for the Day After: How Micromobility Can Get Communities Moving Post-COVID
Lime Public Policy and Advocacy
April 21, 2020
Noon
More information

The Regional Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic: The Fiscal Impact and What it Means
National Association of Regional Councils
April 21, 2020
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
More information

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

Facilitating Strong and Equitable Virtual Spaces
Embracing Equity
April 23, 2020
11:00 a.m.
More information

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

Bike Infrastructure - Local Bike Plans, Implementation, Grants
Ride Illinois
April 29, 2020
Noon
More information

2020 National Shared Mobility Summit
Shared-Use Mobility Center
May 5-6, 2020
More information

 

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