May 11, 2020

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-8-20

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-8-20

CMAP support during times of crisis

When the U.S. economy was in the early stages of recovering from the 2008 recession, financial uncertainty was on everyone’s mind. Private companies were exploring ways to downsize or shut their doors while maintaining some financial security. The public sector was struggling to address skyrocketing service needs related to the foreclosure crisis with shrinking revenues. Many local governments were striving to understand how to plan for and adapt to a changing economy as well as the needs of their constituents.

In response, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning launched the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program to help counties and communities in the region. The LTA program was seeded with $4.25 million received by CMAP through the Sustainable Communities Initiative as part of the agency’s efforts to implement GO TO 2040, the northeastern Illinois region’s comprehensive plan. Adopted by the CMAP board in October 2010, GO TO 2040 recommended federal and state investments align with the Livability principles outlined in the plan and identified immediate actions the region should take in a time of economic uncertainty.

To establish the LTA program, CMAP put out a call for projects to the 284 municipalities in the region, as well as eligible nonprofits, neighborhood groups, and other groups needing assistance during the crisis. Since the program’s creation, CMAP has funded over 200 local planning projects, helping to build local capacity, engage marginalized groups, empower local governments to develop solutions for difficult community challenges, make critical decisions, and connect local partners to implementing agencies and capital funding for infrastructure investments. For example, in the most recent Surface Transportation Program funding, the City of Berwyn was awarded approximately $5.4 million for streetscape improvements supported by its LTA comprehensive plan from 2012. Additionally, the recently approved Rebuild Illinois capital appropriations bill included 21 projects totaling approximately $9 million that could fund planning elements from completed LTA plans.

Today, the pandemic is creating a new set of questions for the future of our economy, global health, and resilience. As the country rises to these unique challenges, we must use the region’s comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, as the blueprint to prioritize investments, foster a more resilient region, and provide opportunities for all communities to succeed. CMAP will continue to be a regional resource through the LTA program and, as we did during the last crisis, actively expand into new and responsive forms of assistance to support communities.

 

Regional impacts of COVID-19 webinar

Watch a recording of our recent webinar, which covered the regional impact of COVID-19 on municipal revenue, transportation, and climate.

 

Are you prepared to respond to a flood or severe storms with social distancing?

While the world is focused on addressing the impacts of the pandemic, communities in our region still face serious risk from floods and severe storms. Investing the time to reassess emergency response plans and how your community will respond during social distancing will help your community be better prepared in the event of a flood or severe storm this season. Read more on our website.

 

Update: COVID-19 federal legislation and transportation system analysis

Since the start of the coronavirus 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've updated our previous post about transportation in the region and added new data. Read the updated analysis.

 

CMAP 2020 Public Service Awards

For Public Service Recognition Week (May 3-9), CMAP wanted to honor partners and staff with its inaugural Public Service Awards. These five awards honor organizations, teams, and individuals making a measurable difference in people’s lives by advancing the goals and recommendations of ON TO 2050.

Allies Award

Recognizing CMAP partners that performed work supporting, advancing, or demonstrating the implementation of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways received our Allies Award for their Invest in Cook program. This innovative program provides key resources to the region’s communities to fund infrastructure improvements. Invest in Cook advances equity, builds community resilience, and helps local governments to pursue local and regional goals

Great Government Award

Highlighting CMAP individuals and teams who enhance the agency’s ability to better serve the public.

Jennifer Becerra
Jennifer exemplifies leadership, taking on a significant workload to support the Finance and Administration team through any changes. She shares her broad experience and deep knowledge of multiple processes to advise existing employees and train new staff

Simone Weil and Stephanie Levine
As a public agency, CMAP relies on its committees for meaningful and inclusive engagement of the communities that it serves. Simone and Stephanie took on a rigorous analysis of CMAP’s existing committee structure to devise an efficient restructuring, collaborating with staff and the agency’s committees, and establishing an improved advisory body framework aligned with ON TO 2050’s principles.

ON TO 2050 Advancement Award

Celebrating CMAP individuals and teams whose work advances implementation of ONTO 2050’s goals and recommendations in exceptional ways and supports the region’s pursuit of the plan’s goals.

Maggie Jarr and Patrick Day
Maggie and Patrick volunteered as CMAP’s first embedded staff planners, serving in Sauk Village and Calumet Park, respectively. In these innovative roles, they demonstrate commitment to supporting their host communities and to advancing ON TO 2050’s recommendations.

Kama Dobbs and Russell Pietrowiak, Transportation Improvement Program Team
The Transportation Improvement Program team, led by Kama Dobbs and Russell Pietrowiak worked over two years to incorporate regional equity into our Surface Transportation Program, reconfiguring the program’s criteria to support broader assistance for lower-capacity communities. 

CMAP Core Values Award

Honoring CMAP individuals who excel at bringing CMAP’s core values – equity, innovation, public service, collaboration, and leadership – to life in their work and roles.

Tom Murtha
A career public servant, Tom is a great collaborator with our agency’s partners. He’s also an internal resource, guiding new staff and interns as well as coordinating our donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Difference Maker Award

Celebrating CMAP employees or groups who contribute to the agency’s work and culture in ways that made a significant difference.

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
This group of 15-plus staff members has led our journey to pursue equity – one of our agency’s core values – across our programs, policies, and operations. From offering resources and guidance to holding safe space for authentic conversations about individual identity and team culture, this group is striving to ensure we always center equity and inclusion.

The working group includes Agata Dryla-Gaca, Austen Edwards, Cindy Cambray, Dominick Argumedo, Elizabeth Scott, Enrique Castillo, Ingrid Witherspoon, Jake Seid, Jane Grover, Jen Maddux, Lindsay Bayley, Matt Stern, Ricardo Lopez, Stephen Ostrander, Tim McMahon, Timi Koyejo, Tina Fassett Smith, and Yesenia Ambriz.

 

CMAP meetings

The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Materials for the meeting are available on CMAP's website. The meeting will be followed by the Coordinating Committee at 11:00 a.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

CMAP Meetings

CMAP Executive Committee
CMAP
Virtual
May 13, 2020
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
More information

CMAP Board
CMAP
Virtual
May 13, 2020
9:30 to 11:00 a.m
More information

CMAP Coordinating Committee
CMAP
Virtual
May 13, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
More information

Webinars

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

Trucking and Intermodal Freight Operations Under COVID-19
Northwestern University Transportation Center
May 14, 2020
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

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

Argonne's Impact on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Argonne National Laboratory
May 19, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
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, 5-8-20

CMAP support during times of crisis

When the U.S. economy was in the early stages of recovering from the 2008 recession, financial uncertainty was on everyone’s mind. Private companies were exploring ways to downsize or shut their doors while maintaining some financial security. The public sector was struggling to address skyrocketing service needs related to the foreclosure crisis with shrinking revenues. Many local governments were striving to understand how to plan for and adapt to a changing economy as well as the needs of their constituents.

In response, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning launched the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program to help counties and communities in the region. The LTA program was seeded with $4.25 million received by CMAP through the Sustainable Communities Initiative as part of the agency’s efforts to implement GO TO 2040, the northeastern Illinois region’s comprehensive plan. Adopted by the CMAP board in October 2010, GO TO 2040 recommended federal and state investments align with the Livability principles outlined in the plan and identified immediate actions the region should take in a time of economic uncertainty.

To establish the LTA program, CMAP put out a call for projects to the 284 municipalities in the region, as well as eligible nonprofits, neighborhood groups, and other groups needing assistance during the crisis. Since the program’s creation, CMAP has funded over 200 local planning projects, helping to build local capacity, engage marginalized groups, empower local governments to develop solutions for difficult community challenges, make critical decisions, and connect local partners to implementing agencies and capital funding for infrastructure investments. For example, in the most recent Surface Transportation Program funding, the City of Berwyn was awarded approximately $5.4 million for streetscape improvements supported by its LTA comprehensive plan from 2012. Additionally, the recently approved Rebuild Illinois capital appropriations bill included 21 projects totaling approximately $9 million that could fund planning elements from completed LTA plans.

Today, the pandemic is creating a new set of questions for the future of our economy, global health, and resilience. As the country rises to these unique challenges, we must use the region’s comprehensive plan, ON TO 2050, as the blueprint to prioritize investments, foster a more resilient region, and provide opportunities for all communities to succeed. CMAP will continue to be a regional resource through the LTA program and, as we did during the last crisis, actively expand into new and responsive forms of assistance to support communities.

 

Regional impacts of COVID-19 webinar

Watch a recording of our recent webinar, which covered the regional impact of COVID-19 on municipal revenue, transportation, and climate.

 

Are you prepared to respond to a flood or severe storms with social distancing?

While the world is focused on addressing the impacts of the pandemic, communities in our region still face serious risk from floods and severe storms. Investing the time to reassess emergency response plans and how your community will respond during social distancing will help your community be better prepared in the event of a flood or severe storm this season. Read more on our website.

 

Update: COVID-19 federal legislation and transportation system analysis

Since the start of the coronavirus 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've updated our previous post about transportation in the region and added new data. Read the updated analysis.

 

CMAP 2020 Public Service Awards

For Public Service Recognition Week (May 3-9), CMAP wanted to honor partners and staff with its inaugural Public Service Awards. These five awards honor organizations, teams, and individuals making a measurable difference in people’s lives by advancing the goals and recommendations of ON TO 2050.

Allies Award

Recognizing CMAP partners that performed work supporting, advancing, or demonstrating the implementation of the ON TO 2050 regional plan.

Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways received our Allies Award for their Invest in Cook program. This innovative program provides key resources to the region’s communities to fund infrastructure improvements. Invest in Cook advances equity, builds community resilience, and helps local governments to pursue local and regional goals

Great Government Award

Highlighting CMAP individuals and teams who enhance the agency’s ability to better serve the public.

Jennifer Becerra
Jennifer exemplifies leadership, taking on a significant workload to support the Finance and Administration team through any changes. She shares her broad experience and deep knowledge of multiple processes to advise existing employees and train new staff

Simone Weil and Stephanie Levine
As a public agency, CMAP relies on its committees for meaningful and inclusive engagement of the communities that it serves. Simone and Stephanie took on a rigorous analysis of CMAP’s existing committee structure to devise an efficient restructuring, collaborating with staff and the agency’s committees, and establishing an improved advisory body framework aligned with ON TO 2050’s principles.

ON TO 2050 Advancement Award

Celebrating CMAP individuals and teams whose work advances implementation of ONTO 2050’s goals and recommendations in exceptional ways and supports the region’s pursuit of the plan’s goals.

Maggie Jarr and Patrick Day
Maggie and Patrick volunteered as CMAP’s first embedded staff planners, serving in Sauk Village and Calumet Park, respectively. In these innovative roles, they demonstrate commitment to supporting their host communities and to advancing ON TO 2050’s recommendations.

Kama Dobbs and Russell Pietrowiak, Transportation Improvement Program Team
The Transportation Improvement Program team, led by Kama Dobbs and Russell Pietrowiak worked over two years to incorporate regional equity into our Surface Transportation Program, reconfiguring the program’s criteria to support broader assistance for lower-capacity communities. 

CMAP Core Values Award

Honoring CMAP individuals who excel at bringing CMAP’s core values – equity, innovation, public service, collaboration, and leadership – to life in their work and roles.

Tom Murtha
A career public servant, Tom is a great collaborator with our agency’s partners. He’s also an internal resource, guiding new staff and interns as well as coordinating our donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Difference Maker Award

Celebrating CMAP employees or groups who contribute to the agency’s work and culture in ways that made a significant difference.

Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
This group of 15-plus staff members has led our journey to pursue equity – one of our agency’s core values – across our programs, policies, and operations. From offering resources and guidance to holding safe space for authentic conversations about individual identity and team culture, this group is striving to ensure we always center equity and inclusion.

The working group includes Agata Dryla-Gaca, Austen Edwards, Cindy Cambray, Dominick Argumedo, Elizabeth Scott, Enrique Castillo, Ingrid Witherspoon, Jake Seid, Jane Grover, Jen Maddux, Lindsay Bayley, Matt Stern, Ricardo Lopez, Stephen Ostrander, Tim McMahon, Timi Koyejo, Tina Fassett Smith, and Yesenia Ambriz.

 

CMAP meetings

The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Materials for the meeting are available on CMAP's website. The meeting will be followed by the Coordinating Committee at 11:00 a.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

CMAP Meetings

CMAP Executive Committee
CMAP
Virtual
May 13, 2020
9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
More information

CMAP Board
CMAP
Virtual
May 13, 2020
9:30 to 11:00 a.m
More information

CMAP Coordinating Committee
CMAP
Virtual
May 13, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
More information

Webinars

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

Trucking and Intermodal Freight Operations Under COVID-19
Northwestern University Transportation Center
May 14, 2020
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
More information

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

Argonne's Impact on the COVID-19 Pandemic
Argonne National Laboratory
May 19, 2020
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
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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