CMAP Weekly Update, 6-8-18
June 8, 2018
Jun 8, 2018
CMAP Weekly Update, 6-8-18
Major federal grant for 75th Street project
The U.S. Department of Transportation this week awarded $132 million to the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP), which will unsnarl one of the nation’s worst rail chokepoints, at Belt Junction on the South Side of Chicago. As the largest remaining project in the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program, the 75th Street CIP is a fiscally constrained Regionally Significant Project in the draft ON TO 2050 plan. It will eliminate delays for some 30 commuter and 98 freight trains a day, as well as motorists waiting at grade crossings. IDOT, private railroads, Cook County, Metra, and Amtrak are providing additional funding to enable the first phase of the project, tallied at $474 million, to begin this fall.
A CDOT news release quoted CMAP executive director Joe Szabo: “There is no more important freight project in the nation. By eliminating conflicts for some two million-plus freight cars each year, the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Program will benefit the city’s, region’s, and nation’s economies.” See a video describing the project, and read more in Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune, Illinois News Network, NBC Chicago, and Danbury News Times.
Illinois freight awards
IDOT announced 23 grants under its Illinois Competitive Freight Program assigning $240 million in federal funds that will leverage almost $90 million in state, local, and private funding. Among the projects in our region will be $34.3 million for reconstruction and new capacity at the interchange of U.S. 30 and I-80 near Joliet. See the full projects list from IDOT. See coverage by the Illinois News Network.
Freight Policy Update
The awards and projects described above are the subject of a new CMAP Policy Update.
Once the draft ON TO 2050 plan is available for public comment -- June 15 through August 14 -- please attend one of ten public open houses in a community near you or join CMAP for a public hearing in Chicago. At each of these meetings, attendees will be able to discuss the draft plan with CMAP staff. CMAP will also seek comments on the draft 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program and air quality conformity analysis of proposed transportation projects. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-386-8802 with questions or to request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
he CMAP Transportation Committee recently released a conformity analysis of the proposed ON TO 2050 and the Federal Fiscal Years 2019-24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the cover memo and list of conformity amendments. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through August 14, 2018.
Cook County and CMAP will host a public open house for the draft Maine-Northfield Unincorporated Area Plan on Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at Dee Park (9229 W. Emerson St., Des Plaines). Members of the community will be able to review the draft plan and talk with the project team about the plan's recommendations. To RSVP, contact Cindy Cambray at email@example.com or 312-386-8748.
Around the region
Drive Clean Chicago video
The City of Chicago has released a new promotional video for their Drive Clean Chicago-Drive Clean Truck program. Drive Clean Chicago helps fund alternative fuel vehicles in the Chicagoland region and is partially funded by CMAP’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. The Drive Clean Truck program offers point-of-sale incentives to help move public and private truck fleets to zero and low emission vehicles.
Living with Water event
A panel discussion titled "Living with Water: Designing for Wetter Weather and Cleaner Rivers" will explore how good design can protect and preserve Chicago’s water resources, on Thursday, June 14, at 6:00 p.m, at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) (224 S. Michigan Ave., Lecture Hall, Chicago). Register for the event, co-hosted by CAF and the Metropolitan Planning Council.
The American Planning Association-Chicago Metro Section (APA-CMS) will host "E-commerce and Vibrant Communities" on Thursday, June 21, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., at Elmhurst City Hall (209 N. York St.). Register here.
APA-IL conference registration
Register today for the APA-IL State Conference, September 26-28, 2018, in Springfield (Wyndham Springfield City Centre, 700 E. Adams St.). The theme will commemorate the APA-IL 40th Anniversary and Illinois’ Bicentennial, and the call for sessions deadline is today, June 15. Learn more on the conference website.