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February 1, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-1-19

Feb 1, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-1-19

Extreme cold tests resilience of region's transportation network

Climate change is causing more extreme weather events and temperature fluctuations that have an impact on our region's infrastructure. Record low temperatures and wind chills across the Chicago area this week tested the region's transportation network. Transit providers operated reduced schedules and advised passengers of possible delays, while still providing a vital service for many.
ON TO 2050 recommends improving the resilience of the transportation network to weather events and climate change with strategies that include adapting vulnerable transportation infrastructure to be more responsive to weather events and improving the operational response to those events to ensure mobility. Read more about this week's winter weather and its impact on infrastructure in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, New York Times, and Washington Post.
Those who want to learn more about climate change and how to effectively integrate it into decision making can attend a two-day training academy offered by The Association of Climate Change Officers on February 25 and 26 at the Illini Center (200 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago). These workshops are co-presented by the Metropolitan Planning Council, Cook County, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and the Greenest Region Compact. Use the promo code MPC-2018 for 20 percent off the registration fee.

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 through Monday, February 25. The memos will be discussed at the Wednesday, February 13 CMAP Board meeting and at the Friday, 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 Wednesday, March 13, and by the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee on Thursday, March 14.

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). 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.

Job postings

Don't forget to check the CMAP Careers page for job listings at the agency and those from our partners.


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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