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May 4, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-11-18

May 4, 2018

CMAP Weekly Update, 5-11-18

CMAP meetings

On Tuesday, the CMAP Board met, with an agenda including updates about the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program Update, draft FY 2019 Budget and Work Plan (which will be voted upon in June), visual materials for the ON TO 2050 plan, and a state Legislative update. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 13.

Also, a Tier II Consultation meeting is set for Wednesday, May 16, at 1:30 p.m., at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago). Find the agenda and meeting materials on CMAP’s website.


Regional economic indicators

CMAP has updated the trends section of its Regional Economic Indicators microsite. Broad challenges to economic well being persist as metropolitan Chicago’s lackluster growth is contributing to a widening gap between the region and its peers. The region’s real gross regional product grew to $569 billion in 2016, and unemployment rates declined to 4.9 percent in 2017. Still, real median household income remained below its 2007 pre-recession peak at $63,327 -- a 4.9 percent decline since 1989.

Planning in the news

Metra fares and schedule
Metra will pilot temporary changes to its fare structure this summer intended to increase ridership. The pilot will test the benefits of a one-day pass as well as consolidated zones to reduce fares for riders in distant suburbs. Read more in the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald. Metra also announced changes to its BNSF Railway schedule effective June 11.

IDOT investments
This week IDOT announced a nearly $37 million investment in 54 Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) projects that will improve travel options and quality of life in communities statewide. Northeastern Illinois ITEP projects include construction of a bridge at 43rd St. and Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, also supported by CMAP’s Transportation Alternatives Program, which will accommodate bicycle and ADA accessibility. Additional ITEP projects include a protected bike lane in Algonquin, and streetscaping in Riverside to add sheltered bike racks near the Metra station, both of which stemmed from CMAP LTA projects.

Maine-Northfield plan
The Journal & Topics reported on the May 2 public open house for the draft Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan. Attendees reviewed and offered feedback on the draft plan being developed through CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program.

Streetlight modernization
The City of Chicago announced that its streetlight modernization program has converted 42,000 streetlights to LED. The city expects to cut its electricity costs in half, saving $100 million in the next decade.

Around the region

Bike the Drive
Registration is now open to enjoy nearly five hours of car-free biking on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago at the annual MB Bike the Drive event, on Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 5:30 to 10:30 a.m. Active Transportation Alliance, which organizes the event, is also seeking volunteers for event day. Learn more at  

Transport Chicago
The Transport Chicago Conference, will be Friday, June 1, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza. Learn more and register today at

Planning webcasts
The American Planning Association (APA)-Illinois is partnering with other APA chapters to produce a series of free lunchtime webcasts, each of which offers 1.5 CM credits. The current schedule includes webcasts on May 18, June 8, June 15, and June 22.


Chicago River Day
May 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. to noon
More information

MPC Our Equitable Future livestream
May 15, 2018
9:30 a.m. to noon
More information

APA-CMS Tactical Urbanism Workshop
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60606
May 22, 2018
2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
More information

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
More information

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