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February 8, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-8-19

Feb 8, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 2-8-19

Board meeting reminder

The CMAP Board will meet next Wednesday, February 13, at 9:30 a.m. Find the current board materials online.

Proposed amendments to ON TO 2050

The City of Chicago Department of Transportation has requested amendments to ON TO 2050 that would add two projects: the O’Hare Express System as well as Roadway Improvements to Support the Update to the South Lakefront Framework Plan. ON TO 2050 identifies a list of fiscally constrained regionally significant projects, which are eligible to receive federal transportation funds and obtain certain federal approvals. Amendments undergo the same analysis and public discussion as projects identified in the plan development process. Selected projects should substantially implement ON TO 2050 by addressing current needs, improving travel over the long term, and having positive impacts on plan priorities, such as investing in existing communities, enhancing environmental quality, and improving quality of life.

CMAP has developed memos analyzing the projects, available for public comment through Monday, February 25. The projects 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.


Grants available

Trails and paths funding
ON TO 2050 envisions a network of continuous greenway and trail corridors, linked across jurisdictions, providing scenic beauty, natural habitat, and recreational and transportation opportunities. The plan further recognizes that these amenities are particularly important for inclusive growth, because low-income residents are more likely than higher income residents to rely on low-cost modes of transportation, such as walking and biking, to reach employment, services, and other destinations. Learn more about funding available to invest in trails and paths from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which is accepting applications through Thursday, March 14, for the Recreational Trails Program, Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and Illinois Bicycle Path Grant Programs.

Census outreach funding
The development of ON TO 2050 relied on access to rich data, and the plan supports the need for a complete-count Census. To increase participation in the 2020 Census, a coordinated, statewide campaign -- the IL Count Me In 2020 Funders' Collaborative -- has released a new grant opportunity for Illinois community-based organizations doing outreach in hard-to-count communities. Grants will aid in the effort to secure millions of dollars in federal funding that the state relies on for programs and resources used by all residents. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, February 28.


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, 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.

Des Plaines approves plan

On February 4, the City of Des Plaines adopted its new Comprehensive Plan. The plan includes recommendations for land use and development, economic development, housing, transportation, diversity and inclusion, water resource management, and downtown Des Plaines. The project was supported by CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance program, which has completed more than 180 local planning projects in the Chicago region to date.


Complete Streets Coalition Meeting: Creating Transportation Equity in Your Community
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
February 15, 2019
10:00 a.m. to noon
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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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Urban Transportation Center Spring Seminar:
ON TO 2050: Exploring the Plan's Digital Implementation Tools

Great Cities Institute Conference Room
412 S. Peoria St., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60607
February 21, 2019
Noon to 1:00 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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SUMC 2019 National Shared Use Mobility Summit
Fairmont Hotel
200 N. Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
March 5-7, 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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