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March 30, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update 3-30-18

Mar 30, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 3-30-18

The need for infrastructure investments
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has released "Illinois Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility," describing the need for new infrastructure funding. "The Chamber's report confirms that long term lack of investment in the Illinois transportation system has put our economy at risk," said Joe Szabo, CMAP executive director. "Sustainable transportation revenues -- invested through performance-based measures that ensure a well-integrated multi-modal transportation system -- must be paramount for our economic prosperity and quality of life."

Federal omnibus bill
On March 23, the President signed into law a $1.3 trillion full-year appropriations package for fiscal year 2018. It provides funding for surface transportation programs above levels authorized in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, significant increases for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) and rail grants, and greater spending for a number of other programs important to northeastern Illinois. Read a CMAP Policy Update about the bill and its potential impact on the region.

Future Leaders in Planning

The CMAP Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) 2018 application is now available. FLIP is a free program where teens learn about the issues that shape our region and think of solutions with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Participants meet and interact with selected regional leaders who make key decisions in our communities. Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, FLIP is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to further enhance the week-long program for high school students (entering ninth-twelfth grades as of fall 2018). Also see the partner toolkit intended to help you share this opportunity with young people across the metropolitan region.

Planning in the news

CMAQ in the news
To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion, DuPage County will expand its real-time traffic signal monitoring program and connect it to a similar system used by Naperville. This project is partially funded by the CMAP Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. Read more in the Daily Herald and Chicago Tribune.

Changing demographics
Chicago Magazine and Bisnow both cited CMAP analysis of recent U.S. Census estimates that show population is continuing its recent decline in the Chicago Metropolitan Statistical Area following longer-term stagnation. Read the CMAP Policy Update to understand what's driving this trend.

Around the region

Register now for Transport Chicago
Transport Chicago 2018, a day-long forum on modern transportation-related research, policy, and practices, will take place Friday, June 1, at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza (350 W. Mart Center Dr., Chicago). Early bird registration through Monday, April 30, is $100 for industry professionals and $55 for students. Keynote speakers include Thomas Prendergast, executive vice president of STV and former chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; and Olatunji Oboi Reed, president and CEO of Equiticity and co-founder of the Slow Roll Chicago bicycle movement. Register at

Calumet region event
Attend the biannual Calumet Stewardship Initiative gathering on Thursday, April 19, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at the Vodak East Side Library (3710 E. 106th St., Chicago) to share and hear updates on ecological and cultural events and initiatives across the region, explore opportunities to collaborate, and to offer feedback on how to strengthen the places and people across the bi-state Calumet region. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Mario Longoni at

Water forum
Join the Fox Valley Sustainability Network for a forum on water, on Thursday, April 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center (3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles, IL). Speakers, including CMAP's Holly Hudson, will discuss water conservation, water quality protection, storm and flood resiliency, watershed-based planning, and more. The event is free but registration is encouraged by emailing Chloe Zuberbuhler at

Comment on proposed Metra BNSF schedule changes
Metra and BNSF Railway are proposing weekday schedule revisions to begin in summer 2018. Watch a video that describes why the changes are needed as the BNSF line is set to become Metra's first to have a fully operational Positive Train Control safety system. Email comments to through April 15.

Illinois Bike Summit
Featuring keynote speakers, breakout sessions, mobile workshops, and more, the Illinois Bike Summit on Monday, May 7, is an opportunity to learn and network with bicycle advocates, planners, engineers, and others from around the state. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Student Center East, 3rd Floor Conference Center, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago). Registration is required, and rates range from $40 to $99.


Driverless Cars: Shaping Future Infrastructure
Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603
April 5, 2018
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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APA-IL Illinois Planners Legislative Action Day
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree Hotel
703 E. Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701
April 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Work Smart workshop
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N. State St., Suite 820
Chicago, IL 60602
April 11, 2018
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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Grantwriting workshop
Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy
Triton College, Building R, Room 304
2000 N. 5th Ave.
River Grove, IL 60171
April 23 to 24, 2018
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ON TO 2050 launch event
Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Chase Promenade North
Chicago, IL 60602
October 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. to noon
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