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November 21, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-21-18

CMAP Weekly Update, 11-21-18

ON TO 2050 calls on the Chicago region to take bold steps toward a well-integrated, multimodal transportation system that seamlessly moves people and goods. A reliable and accessible transit system is central to realizing that goal. Yet new data from the Federal Transit Administration show that regional and national ridership declined again in 2017 from 2012, when the region's ridership peaked. This decline occurred even as the amount of service available to riders increased.

A new CMAP Policy Update analyzes regional and national ridership statistics and explores strategies based on the ON TO 2050 recommendations to make transit more competitive and fully fund the region's transportation system. Reversing recent trends in ridership -- and better yet, making transit a more attractive and viable option for all riders -- will require a renewed commitment to consistent and dedicated transit funding.

 

Reminder: Prioritized Investment survey

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. As the ON TO 2050 implementation phase begins, we ask that you take a moment to complete this short survey about Prioritized Investment.

 

Cook County unveils policy roadmap for vibrant, inclusive communities

Last week saw the release of Cook County's Policy Roadmap: Five-year Strategic Plan. Following input from more than 1,500 residents, 60 external partners, 750 employees, and 35 philanthropic and community partners, it presents a collaborative agenda that sets priorities in six areas: healthy communities (health and wellness); vital communities (economic and community development); safe and thriving communities (criminal justice and violence reduction); sustainable communities (environmental justice and sustainability); smart communities (public infrastructure); and open communities (operational excellence).

In addition to the goals, objectives, and strategies set forth under each priority area, the Policy Roadmap centers on three overall values: equity, engagement, and excellence. The roadmap echoes several of the priorities outlined in ON TO 2050, including the principles of Inclusive Growth, Resilience, and Prioritized Investment.

 

Understanding the history and implications of the Eisenhower Expressway

WBEZ's Curious City published "Displaced: When the Eisenhower Expressway moved in, who was forced out," a historic look at neighborhoods that were changed to make way for construction. The article is a reminder of the long-lasting effects -- including, in this case, segregation -- that such decisions have often had on our communities and region.

 

Events

CNT Open House
Center for Neighborhood Technology office
17 N. State St., Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
December 4, 2018
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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Panel discussion: "What recovery? Chicago 10 years after the financial crisis"
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
230 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60604
December 7, 2018
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
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Panel discussion: "Chicago: Education for All? The city's next mayor and the future of public schools"
Malcolm X College
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
December 12, 2018
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
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