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January 5, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-5-18

Jan 5, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 1-5-18

CMAP Meetings

The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 10, preceded by the Programming Committee at 8:00 a.m. On Thursday at 9:30 a.m., the MPO Policy Committee will meet. You can track all of the agency's public meetings in the Events calendar.

Stormwater and Flooding

Urbanization and climate change are leading to more frequent and intense flooding in northeastern Illinois. A new CMAP strategy paper on Stormwater and Flooding examines the impacts and explores potential ON TO 2050 recommendations for protecting communities. Reducing flood damages will require coordination among water management, land use, and transportation decision makers. Options include prioritizing mitigation activities and investments, continuing to advance development designs and standards, and updating precipitation and floodplain maps to reflect current and future risk.

Also see the CMAP Data Hub for a new Regional Flood Susceptibility Index, a tool that helps prioritize areas for flood mitigation activities.

CMAP Happenings

Testimony on the cost of infrastructure
The Illinois General Assembly House Transportation Committee on Regulation, Roads, and Bridges held a hearing in Chicago late last month to explore infrastructure costs. As CMAP executive director Joe Szabo testified, "CMAP analysis shows we have reached a crisis in transportation funding that threatens to stunt our economic growth and negatively impact our resident’s quality of life. To simply operate and maintain our aging system in its current condition through 2050 -- not including any required modernization or expansion -- we face a shortfall of $24 billion under existing revenue streams. Providing the modern system to sustain and grow our economy will cost much more."

Metals Supply Chain report
A new CMAP Metals Supply Chain report examines the Chicago region’s metals manufacturing cluster in depth, building on the findings of our 2015 report on Chicago Region Supply Chain Trends and Trading Partners. The new publication describes key characteristics of and relationships between industries in the region’s metals cluster, how these relationships create a regional supply chain, and how trends in employment and global competition are influencing the cluster. It offers a number of recommendations for supporting the future growth of this cluster.

Planning in the news

Shared services
The Aurora Beacon-News reported on an agreement between Oswego and Yorkville to share the cost of a facilities manager position, which was one recommendation of the Shared Services Study completed with support from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance program. Finding ways for local governments to coordinate, consolidate, and share services is a recommendation from the recently published ON TO 2050 Municipal Capacity strategy paper.

Happy transit New Year
The RTA has ushered in 2018 with a video featuring examples of how to keep your resolutions to be healthy and save money by using public transportation.

Around the region

Call for ideas
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is seeking information from state, local, and industry partners, and the public, on proven processes or technologies that have the potential to transform the way the highway transportation community does business by enhancing roadway safety, shortening project delivery time, reducing traffic congestion, and/or improving environmental sustainability. The information may help FHWA identify proven, market-ready innovations for potential deployment through the fifth round of Every Day Counts in 2019-20. Responses are due by Thursday, January 18.

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