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January 25, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-25-19

Jan 25, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-25-19

Helping communities address flooding

To protect people and property from floods that are happening more frequently due to climate change and development, ON TO 2050 recommends a number of strategies. CMAP and partners are working with flood-prone communities to enact recommended policies and practices and achieve local goals.
For example, CMAP, the Regional Transportation Authority, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago are working with village leaders and residents in Robbins to mitigate flooding and maximize local development potential. The goal is to go beyond standard engineering solutions to put in place both infrastructure and policies that reduce flooding, add amenities such as park space, and improve the local economy. Learn more about this initiative on CMAP’s website and in a recent Metropolitan Planning Council blog post.
CMAP's Local Technical Assistance program is also working with Midlothian leaders on a Stormwater Management Capital Plan, to help the community implement their RainReady Plan and make the best use of funding to prevent flooding. Like Robbins, Midlothian is using the challenge of flooding as an opportunity to invest in overall community improvements. The short video above features Midlothian resident Helen Lekavich and Village Trustee Karen Kreis on why the community is working to “build stormwater management policy into everything.” 

Proposed 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 City of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has requested amendments to ON TO 2050 to designate two proposed projects -- the O’Hare Express System, and Roadway Improvements to Support the Update to the South Lakefront Framework Plan -- as RSPs.
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 February 25. The memos will be discussed at the February 13 CMAP Board meeting and at the February 22 CMAP Transportation Committee meeting. Following the public comment period, CMAP staff will produce a recommendation memo, which will be voted on by the CMAP Board on March 13, and by the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee on March 14. 

Targeting suburban reinvestment

ON TO 2050 recommends creating a Targeted Reinvestment Area process for designating locations for infill, affordable housing, and other types of assistance and funding. The plan identifies three types of areas that are most important for reinvestment: economic centers, mixed-use downtowns and main streets, and disinvested areas. A recent Chicago Tribune article highlights the need for infill in suburban economic centers and quotes CMAP's Austen Edwards. The rendering, which is referred to in the article, reimagines a typical suburban office park with increased density, green infrastructure, and enhanced transit options.

Invest in Cook application workshop

The application period for the third round of the Invest in Cook program opened on January 15. A workshop will be held for prospective applicants on Friday, February 1, at the George Dunne County Office Building, 69 W. Washington St., 22nd Floor in Room 22B, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Tim Egan at 312-603-1534 or

Tell CMAP how you get around, earn $50

Sign up to take the My Daily Travel survey at or by calling 1-855-981-7286. The survey asks households in northeastern Illinois to report how they get from place to place in our region.
The resulting data will help ensure that computer models of traffic flow are accurate so transportation investments can be based on sound analysis. The survey helps our region meet federal requirements and remain eligible for federal transportation funding.
Households that complete the survey by May 2019 will receive $50. In addition, school districts that partner with My Daily Travel to promote the survey to their schools’ communities will receive $10 per household that completes the survey. School districts that would like to participate must call the survey hotline (1-855-981-7286) to receive a customized URL, which will enable surveys to be “marked” as benefiting their district. Read more about the survey in a Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) blog post.

Helping communities prosper through transportation investments

To advance the three principles of ON TO 2050 and help communities prosper through transportation investments, CMAP is accepting funding applications through Friday, March 15, 2019, for surface transportation projects. Funding for these projects will be distributed through federal sources that CMAP programs: the regional Surface Transportation Program (STP) Shared Fund, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ), and locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L). Projects may improve transit or bicycle facilities, freight and traffic movement, and safety; fix bridges; reconstruct roads; and invest in alternative fuel vehicles and equipment.
Learn more about the call for projects, including application booklets and instructions, at

Public Comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2019-2024 TIP Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment

The CMAP Transportation Committee recently released the following conformity analyses of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP Conformity Analysis & TIP Amendment 19-04 and the ON TO 2050 Regionally Significant Projects (RSP) Conformity Analysis and TIP Amendment 19-04.1. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Monday, February 18.


Stormwater, Flooding, and Green Infrastructure
McGonigal's Pub
105 S. Cook St.
Barrington, IL 60010
January 29, 2019
6:30 p.m.
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Public Engagement at All Scales
CMAP Live Webinar
January 30, 2019
1:00 p.m.
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Growing Sustainable Communities Together
Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted St.
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
February 8, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Calumet Area Industrial Commission
2019 Kick-Off Luncheon: ON TO 2050: Helping Communities and the Calumet Prosper
Ridge Country Club
10522 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60655
February 21, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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MPC Roundtable: Paying by the mile: A new way to fund transportation
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
February 22, 2019
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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2019 Illinois Governor's Conference on Affordable Housing
Hyatt Regency Hotel
151 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
February 26-27, 2019
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Save the Date:
Transport Chicago 2019 Conference

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60654
June 14, 2019
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