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March 1, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-1-19

Mar 1, 2019

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-1-19

Chicago region and national freight infrastructure needs investment

This week, CMAP executive director Joe Szabo testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation's Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety about how critical investment in freight infrastructure is to our national and regional economy. He discussed the early successes of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act's freight program -- including $132 million in funding for the one of the country's worst bottlenecks in the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project -- and the need to increase funding in the law's reauthorization. Read more from Senator Tammy Duckworth's official press release, the American Journal of Transportation, Crain's Chicago Business, FreightWaves, and Politico, and watch a video of the hearing here.
The efficient movement of goods through the Chicago region is crucial to our regional and national prosperity. One-fourth of the nation’s freight rail traffic and nearly half of all intermodal trains pass through Chicago. Nationally, the multimodal freight network directly supports 44 million jobs and impacts every American’s quality of life. But the rail lines, built over a century ago, were not built for the volumes nor the types of freight being carried today. ON TO 2050 recommends strategic investment in the freight network to maintain the region's status as North America's freight hub.

Future Leaders in Planning opportunities

CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program has two upcoming opportunities for students to make their voices heard for the future of their communities and the region, and to hone their leadership skills.
FLIP Spring Boot Camp
FLIP is partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) to host a free workshop for high school students on transportation and mobility in the Chicago region from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at CUPPA (412 S. Peoria St., 2nd Floor, Chicago). Learn more and register for the boot camp online.

FLIP 2019 Summer Leadership Development Program
Applications are now available for high school students with an interest in urban planning to participate in the free one-week FLIP Summer Leadership Development Program. Now in its eleventh year, FLIP is one way students can learn about ways to transform northeastern Illinois into a better place to live, go to school, work, and play. Participants in the 2019 program will meet with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, as well as key regional leaders, to share ideas and plan for a better future. Applications are due by Monday, May 20, 2019.

The 2019 program will take place at CMAP's offices in Chicago and include hands-on educational field trips around the region. Students must be available Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July 20. Learn more and apply for the program online

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

Regional Housing Initiative

Since 2002, the Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) has helped develop affordable housing in over 30 communities around the CMAP region and is now accepting developer applications for 2019. Developers also interested in applying for the Illinois Housing Development Authority’s low-income tax credits should contact Jonathan Burch ( or 312-386-8690) for more information.


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