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October 15, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update 10-11-19

Oct 15, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update 10-11-19

CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee meeting recap

Yesterday the CMAP Board met jointly with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee to consider a full agenda of items, including approval of several transportation funding programs and projects. Both bodies approved the semi-annual ON TO 2050/Transportation Improvement Program conformity analysis and TIP amendment.

They also approved the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020-24 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, the FFY 2020-22 Transportation Alternative Program-Local, and the FFY2020-24 Surface Transportation Program - Shared Fund program. These programs and the projects they will help fund are discussed in more detail below.

The meeting also included a discussion of how Policy Committee members such as the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and CMAP are collaborating on how new state capital funding will be allocated. To help inform these discussions, CMAP has published policy briefs on Rebuild Illinois and other capital funding passed during the most recent legislative session, as well as a tool to help identify what projects were allocated funding.

Finally, the meeting included a discussion of innovative projects, such as the new CMAP Regional Sidewalk Inventory, which is now available to view in an interactive map, and a discussion of the Illinois Tollway's Connected Vehicle pilot project.


CMAP approves $475 million for 70 transportation projects

Residents of metropolitan Chicago will benefit from improved transit, roads, bridges, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities through $475 million in federal funds to support 70 transportation improvement projects ranging from the rebuilding of train stations to the purchase of electric buses to the construction of bike and pedestrian trails, under and overpasses.

The full list of projects is available on CMAP's website. Highlights include:

  • $59 million to improve the State/Lake Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) rail station

  • $48.6 million to implement a grade separation where the Canadian National Railway tracks currently cross U.S. Route 14 in Barrington

  • $39 million for CTA’s Electric Bus Program

  • $28 million to Metra for retrofitting locomotives with more fuel efficient vehicles

  • $14.4 million to improve and provide multimodal access to the Village of Glen Ellyn Metra station

  • $13.5 million will help complete the Regional Greenways and Trails Plan, which envisions a network of continuous green way and trail corridors across northeastern Illinois. 

Read more in a CMAP press release.


ON TO 2050 Symposium caps off Small Plans, Big Ideas event series

More than 150 people attended the ON TO 2050 Symposium yesterday at the Conference Chicago at University Center in downtown Chicago. The symposium was the final event in the Small Plans, Big Ideas Forum Series, which also included five suburban forums over the last month. Overall, more than 450 people attended an event this fall to hear panelists discuss issues ranging from harnessing technology to improve safety to planning for an equitable water future.

During Thursday's Symposium, attendees could choose from six breakout sessions that included speakers from an array of partner organizations, including the Center for Neighborhood Technology, IFF, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Metropolitan Planning Council, Elevated Chicago, and RTA, among others, as well as planners and staff from communities across the seven county region. During the Symposium's lunch break, CMAP executive director Erin Aleman discussed challenges facing the region and how to incorporate community feedback into solutions with Juan Carlos Linares, Chief Engagement Officer for the City of Chicago. You can view their full conversation here.

CMAP is grateful for the contributions and interest shown by all who participated and is eager to continue the conversation about how to best and most equitably implement ON TO 2050 across metropolitan Chicago in the months ahead.


Local Technical Assistance (LTA)

The joint Call for Projects for the CMAP Local Technical Assistance and RTA Community Planning programs will close next week at noon on Thursday, October 17. Applicants are able to apply to both programs with a single form, presented in a simple web-only format for the first time this year. The application, FAQ, and eligible project descriptions are available at



Webinar viewing: Latinos and Planning in a Changing America
Engagement Techniques for Latino Communities
Chaddick Institute
14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60604
October 15, 2019
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
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Deicing Workshop: Parking Lots and Sidewalks
DuPage County Division of Transportation
140 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
October 17, 2019
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Urban Transportation Center Seminar Series: Impact of the Capital Bill
Great Cities Institute Conference Room
412 S. Peoria St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
October 17, 2019
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
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Open House Chicago
Various locations
October 19-20, 2019
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2019 Illinois BASIC Economic Development Course
NICOR Headquarters Building
1844 Ferry Rd.
Naperville, IL 60563
October 21-25, 2019
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Updated Bulletin 70 Seminar
Fountain Blue 
2300 Mannheim Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
October 23, 2019
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Deicing Workshop: Public Roads
DuPage County Division of Transportation
140 N. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
October 24, 2019
7:00 a.m. to noon
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Strategies for Managing Neighborhood Change
Mt. Prospect Village Hall
Board Room
50 Emerson St.
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
November 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Strategies for Managing Neighborhood Change
Bellwood Village Hall
Board Room
3200 Washington Blvd.
Bellwood, IL 60104
November 15, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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