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November 21, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-16-18

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-16-18

ON TO 2050 Prioritized Investment

The Chicago region's new comprehensive plan is built around three core principles, including Prioritized Investment -- the idea that we must carefully target public resources to maximize regional benefits for mobility, the economy, environment, and quality of life for all residents. The following items show how Prioritized Investment can help implement ON TO 2050's goals to create a more prosperous and inclusive future for the Chicago region.

In developing ON TO 2050, CMAP spent three years working with partners to conduct extensive research, issue more than two dozen reports, and engage more than 100,000 residents of the seven-county region. To continue that engagement as the plan's implementation phase begins, we ask that you take a moment to complete this short survey about Prioritized Investment.


Untangling freight congestion in the Chicago region

Metropolitan Chicago serves as the nation’s premier freight hub. This massive concentration of freight activity is a competitive advantage that helps to drive the regional economy. A robust freight network also ensures that residents and businesses get the goods they need in a timely manner. However, freight activity raises significant infrastructure challenges, including congestion on our road and rail networks.

Smart Cities Dive published a national look at urban supply chain congestion, and specifically potential solutions for freight rail congestion that occurs in Chicago. The ON TO 2050 recommendation to maintain the region's status as North America's freight hub includes a strategy to invest strategically in the freight network by completing CREATE (the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program), including the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project, both of which are mentioned in the article.


Prioritizing investment in our transit system

Transit Means Business, a recent report from the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), studies the important role that a strong, well-funded transit system plays in driving the Chicago region's economy. The report highlights businesses and institutions that depend on transit for access to talent, building communities, and implementing sustainability policies.

The ON TO 2050 recommendation to make transit more competitive includes strategies to invest in the region's transit network, ensure equitable transit access, and plan for transit-supportive land uses, among other needs. Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Chairman Kirk Dillard also made the case for improving regional transit in a letter to the editor this week in the Chicago Sun-Times. Earlier this year, the RTA released a new strategic plan, Invest in Transit, that outlines recommendations and priorities for CTA, Metra, and Pace.


Prioritized investment for the environment

This week, representatives from CMAP, MPC, and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant discussed ON TO 2050 water recommendations and the regional flood susceptibility index at the Waterbuild Summit as part of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Chicago.

The ON TO 2050 Environment chapter contains recommendations to protect and enhance the integrity of aquatic systems, reduce flood risk to protect people and assets, and coordinate and conserve shared water supply resources.

The Greenbuild discussion also highlighted how the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative is advancing the ON TO 2050 principles of prioritized investment, resilience and inclusive growth. 



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