May 1, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-1-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-1-20

How ON TO 2050 can help during the pandemic

As the country rises to the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, hear from Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director, on how our comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, can be the guidebook to strengthening our region as we recover and rebuild.  

 

CMAP estimates show improved regional air quality due to recent transportation shifts

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered our lives. However, some of the recent changes may help to mitigate causes of climate change: fewer miles being driven by cars and trucks, less time spent idling on congested roads, and reduced pollution emitted by diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles. 

Around the world, air quality in major cities improved in March and April as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and ozone formation fell due to stay-at-home orders. Chicago region planners and transportation experts have expressed curiosity about how the recent drop in transportation volumes has affected air quality and emissions in our region. Did the region experience the same drop as other major cities? Learn more about air quality and COVID-19 impact.

 

Water resilience in good times & bad event series

Though Illinois has enviable water assets, the COVID-19 public health crisis has highlighted vulnerabilities to our water resources and how we manage them. For example, some households have been forced to stay home without running water due to shut-offs because they couldn’t afford their water bills. Others are facing the likelihood of backed-up basements brought on by spring rains.

Though these issues are not new, they are further complicated by the pandemic - and underscore that we need better planning and policies to ensure we have enough safe, clean, and affordable water, for today and the future.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council, National Resources Defense Council, Elevate Energy, and partners on Tuesday, May 5, 12, and 19 for a series of three virtual events focused on ensuring Illinois’ water is resilient. Learn more and register today here: https://www.metroplanning.org/events/index.html.

May 5: Essential investment: Why water infrastructure should be part of stimulus and economic recovery

May 12: Water affordability in northeastern Illinois: Trends, policies, and a path forward

May 19: Clean, safe, and abundant: Solutions for stormwater and water quality 

 

APA COVID-19 resources

The American Planning Association (APA) has put together a list of resources for communities and planners to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes planning methods and tools, economic impacts, infrastructure, transportation, and more.

 

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

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Essential Investment: Why Water Infrastructure Should Be a Part of Stimulus and Economic Recovery
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 5, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

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

What Cities Are Doing About Housing and Homelessness During the Pandemic
Next City
May 6, 2020
Noon
More information

Virtual Equity Town Hall: South Suburbs
Cook County Government
May 8, 2020
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
More information

One Step at a Time -- Creating Vibrant Active Communities
Regional Transportation Authority
May 12, 2020
Noon
More information

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Water Affordability in Northeastern Illinois: Trends, Policies, and a Path Forward
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 12, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

Data Sharing Tips for Public Transportation Agencies
Transportation Research Board
May 13, 2020
Noon
More information

Zoning to Meet Your Community's Planned Vision
Regional Transportation Authority
May 19, 2020
Noon
More information

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Clean, Safe, and Abundant: Solutions for Stormwater and Water Quality
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 19, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

 

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CMAP Weekly Update, 5-1-20

How ON TO 2050 can help during the pandemic

As the country rises to the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, hear from Erin Aleman, CMAP executive director, on how our comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, can be the guidebook to strengthening our region as we recover and rebuild.  

 

CMAP estimates show improved regional air quality due to recent transportation shifts

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered our lives. However, some of the recent changes may help to mitigate causes of climate change: fewer miles being driven by cars and trucks, less time spent idling on congested roads, and reduced pollution emitted by diesel- and gasoline-powered vehicles. 

Around the world, air quality in major cities improved in March and April as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and ozone formation fell due to stay-at-home orders. Chicago region planners and transportation experts have expressed curiosity about how the recent drop in transportation volumes has affected air quality and emissions in our region. Did the region experience the same drop as other major cities? Learn more about air quality and COVID-19 impact.

 

Water resilience in good times & bad event series

Though Illinois has enviable water assets, the COVID-19 public health crisis has highlighted vulnerabilities to our water resources and how we manage them. For example, some households have been forced to stay home without running water due to shut-offs because they couldn’t afford their water bills. Others are facing the likelihood of backed-up basements brought on by spring rains.

Though these issues are not new, they are further complicated by the pandemic - and underscore that we need better planning and policies to ensure we have enough safe, clean, and affordable water, for today and the future.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council, National Resources Defense Council, Elevate Energy, and partners on Tuesday, May 5, 12, and 19 for a series of three virtual events focused on ensuring Illinois’ water is resilient. Learn more and register today here: https://www.metroplanning.org/events/index.html.

May 5: Essential investment: Why water infrastructure should be part of stimulus and economic recovery

May 12: Water affordability in northeastern Illinois: Trends, policies, and a path forward

May 19: Clean, safe, and abundant: Solutions for stormwater and water quality 

 

APA COVID-19 resources

The American Planning Association (APA) has put together a list of resources for communities and planners to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The list includes planning methods and tools, economic impacts, infrastructure, transportation, and more.

 

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

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Essential Investment: Why Water Infrastructure Should Be a Part of Stimulus and Economic Recovery
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 5, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

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

What Cities Are Doing About Housing and Homelessness During the Pandemic
Next City
May 6, 2020
Noon
More information

Virtual Equity Town Hall: South Suburbs
Cook County Government
May 8, 2020
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
More information

One Step at a Time -- Creating Vibrant Active Communities
Regional Transportation Authority
May 12, 2020
Noon
More information

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Water Affordability in Northeastern Illinois: Trends, Policies, and a Path Forward
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 12, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

Data Sharing Tips for Public Transportation Agencies
Transportation Research Board
May 13, 2020
Noon
More information

Zoning to Meet Your Community's Planned Vision
Regional Transportation Authority
May 19, 2020
Noon
More information

Water Resilience in Good Times & Bad | Clean, Safe, and Abundant: Solutions for Stormwater and Water Quality
Elevate Energy, Metropolitan Planning Council, Natural Resources Defense Council
May 19, 2020
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

 

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