How people travel in northeastern Illinois
A new, four-part policy brief series from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) dives into the data behind My Daily Travel, a pre-pandemic household travel survey from 2019 that involved 12,000 respondents from northeastern Illinois.
In a blog post, Executive Director Erin Aleman also shares four key insights that planners and policymakers should know about the My Daily Travel series and explains how the findings address access to opportunity in northeastern Illinois.
The full series is available now on CMAP's website. The first part explores the travel patterns of the millions of residents who use the region's transportation system each day. The other parts, which we'll highlight in future newsletters, examine disparities in travel behavior, and new and emerging forms of mobility in the region.
Engaging Avondale residents for a unified neighborhood plan
CMAP is working with the Avondale community to create a unified vision for maintaining affordability, diversity, and quality of life in the northwest Chicago neighborhood.
Through the Local Technical Assistance program, CMAP will partner with the Avondale Neighborhood Association to engage residents, understand the needs of the neighborhood, and develop a community plan.
Reminder: Apply for planning assistance during 2022 call for projects
Communities in northeastern Illinois that want to turn their long-term visions into reality can apply now to receive assistance from CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).
Both agencies are partnering again on the 2022 call for projects. The different programs offered through this call are meant to support communities as they collaborate, innovate, and plan for a more prosperous future post-pandemic.
Together, CMAP and RTA are offering 16 types of assistance that can help communities plan for major capital projects, strengthen transportation connections, and improve the daily lives of their residents. Applications close at noon on Thursday, October 28.
Municipalities can improve equity in transportation fees, fines, and fares
In a recent report, CMAP detailed how transportation fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color — and recommended policy changes to improve equity.
Some of these challenges can be addressed at the municipal level. Learn how municipalities can take action, from implementing fine reform to increasing access to lower-cost transportation options. Learn more.
Attend an open house for the Fox River Corridor Plan
McHenry County Planning and Development and the City of McHenry, in partnership with CMAP, will host two virtual open houses for the Fox River Corridor Plan. Meetings will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 2, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Attend an open house to review and provide feedback on the draft plan. Local residents, business owners, community leaders, and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate.
Register using one of the following links:
Celebrating Illinois Manufacturing Month
October is Manufacturing Month in Illinois, an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the industry's many contributions to our region and state.
Manufacturing in Illinois produces more than $105 billion worth of goods and services each year, contributing 12 percent to the state's gross domestic product — the largest share of any sector in Illinois.
ON TO 2050, the region's comprehensive plan, recommends prioritized investment in traded clusters — including our historic strengths in manufacturing — as the best strategy for restarting inclusive economic growth.
Visit the Illinois Manufacturers' Association to learn more and watch short videos from manufacturers across the state.
Railroad Trespass Prevention Webinar for Northeast Illinois
October 27, 2021, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Host: The Federal Railroad Administration
STP Project Selection Committee
October 28, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
CMAQ Project Selection Committee
October 28, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.