CMAP Weekly Update 11-12-21

Infrastructure bill passed by Congress increases funding for transportation, water, and more 

On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that reauthorizes transportation programs for the next five years (FY2022-26). This is the same bill that passed the Senate in August. The bill now heads to President Biden for his signature. 

The legislation increases current program funding and provides new opportunities to invest in the nation's transportation, water, energy, and broadband infrastructure. More than $567 billion of this funding will go toward projects and programs that affect every aspect of transportation, from road safety to public transit. 

The IIJA increases funding for core planning and transportation programs that the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) administers regionally, including: 

•    a 32 percent increase in metropolitan planning funding from FY2020's $358 million to $474 million by FY2026
•    a 32 percent increase in surface transportation program funding from FY2020's $11.3 billion to $15 billion by FY2026
•    a 10 percent increase in congestion mitigation funding from FY2020's $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion by FY2026
•    a 76 percent increase in transportation alternatives funding from FY2020's $850 million to $1.5 billion by FY2026

The legislation includes historic investments in public transit and passenger rail, as well as billions in new formula funding to make infrastructure more resilient, reduce carbon emissions, build and repair bridges, and deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The bill also creates a new congestion relief program that prioritizes major metropolitan areas and a new railroad crossing program to eliminate highway-rail grade crossings that are frequently blocked due to freight.

As the comprehensive planning agency for northeastern Illinois, we believe transportation, housing, and economic development should be considered together when making investment decisions. The IIJA allows CMAP to do that by incorporating housing into how we plan for the future and invest in transportation. CMAP is encouraged to see additional resources for climate change and more equitable, comprehensive decisions around housing, land use, and transportation. These have been priorities in CMAP's federal agenda and were included in the region's principles for surface transportation reauthorization. 

CMAP will continue to provide analysis on the IIJA and what it means for the region.

Ride-hailing, bike-share services add new dynamic to regional mobility 

Even before the onset of COVID-19, new and emerging forms of mobility were gaining popularity in northeastern Illinois. In the fourth and final part of the My Daily Travel series, CMAP looks at the potential effects ride-hailing and bike-share services could have on regional mobility going forward.

CMAP's My Daily Travel series examines the different aspects of how and why people travel within northeastern Illinois, analyzing data from My Daily Travel, a pre-pandemic household travel survey that involved 12,000 respondents from the region. Other parts of the series look at the characteristics of regional mobility, disparities in travel behavior, and the effects of telecommuting on travel.

A route to work — and a better quality of life 


CMAP is telling stories throughout the year from residents with disabilities about their experiences with transportation. CMAP is highlighting these stories as we support our partners with implementing ADA transition plans and creating a more inclusive region.  

Lavelle Howell has been a dedicated transit rider for more than 25 years. As a resident of Chicago's South Side who does not drive, Lavelle depends on the Chicago Transit Authority to travel around the city — including reaching his job.

In this Q&A, Lavelle shares how transit is critical to his employment and quality of life.

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2022-26 TIP conformity analysis and TIP amendment 

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP conformity analysis and TIP amendment 22-03. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Tuesday, December 7.

Watch the CMAP Board meeting 

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, November 10. The Board discussed the economic recovery and its impacts on mobility in the region, and received an update on CMAP's strategic direction and engagement strategy. The Board is on call for the month of December and will likely meet next on January 12, 2022. 

Events

Unified Work Program
November 17, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

Tier II Consultation Committee
November 18, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Transportation Committee
November 19, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

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CMAP Weekly Update 11-12-21

Infrastructure bill passed by Congress increases funding for transportation, water, and more 

On November 5, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that reauthorizes transportation programs for the next five years (FY2022-26). This is the same bill that passed the Senate in August. The bill now heads to President Biden for his signature. 

The legislation increases current program funding and provides new opportunities to invest in the nation's transportation, water, energy, and broadband infrastructure. More than $567 billion of this funding will go toward projects and programs that affect every aspect of transportation, from road safety to public transit. 

The IIJA increases funding for core planning and transportation programs that the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) administers regionally, including: 

•    a 32 percent increase in metropolitan planning funding from FY2020's $358 million to $474 million by FY2026
•    a 32 percent increase in surface transportation program funding from FY2020's $11.3 billion to $15 billion by FY2026
•    a 10 percent increase in congestion mitigation funding from FY2020's $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion by FY2026
•    a 76 percent increase in transportation alternatives funding from FY2020's $850 million to $1.5 billion by FY2026

The legislation includes historic investments in public transit and passenger rail, as well as billions in new formula funding to make infrastructure more resilient, reduce carbon emissions, build and repair bridges, and deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The bill also creates a new congestion relief program that prioritizes major metropolitan areas and a new railroad crossing program to eliminate highway-rail grade crossings that are frequently blocked due to freight.

As the comprehensive planning agency for northeastern Illinois, we believe transportation, housing, and economic development should be considered together when making investment decisions. The IIJA allows CMAP to do that by incorporating housing into how we plan for the future and invest in transportation. CMAP is encouraged to see additional resources for climate change and more equitable, comprehensive decisions around housing, land use, and transportation. These have been priorities in CMAP's federal agenda and were included in the region's principles for surface transportation reauthorization. 

CMAP will continue to provide analysis on the IIJA and what it means for the region.

Ride-hailing, bike-share services add new dynamic to regional mobility 

Even before the onset of COVID-19, new and emerging forms of mobility were gaining popularity in northeastern Illinois. In the fourth and final part of the My Daily Travel series, CMAP looks at the potential effects ride-hailing and bike-share services could have on regional mobility going forward.

CMAP's My Daily Travel series examines the different aspects of how and why people travel within northeastern Illinois, analyzing data from My Daily Travel, a pre-pandemic household travel survey that involved 12,000 respondents from the region. Other parts of the series look at the characteristics of regional mobility, disparities in travel behavior, and the effects of telecommuting on travel.

A route to work — and a better quality of life 


CMAP is telling stories throughout the year from residents with disabilities about their experiences with transportation. CMAP is highlighting these stories as we support our partners with implementing ADA transition plans and creating a more inclusive region.  

Lavelle Howell has been a dedicated transit rider for more than 25 years. As a resident of Chicago's South Side who does not drive, Lavelle depends on the Chicago Transit Authority to travel around the city — including reaching his job.

In this Q&A, Lavelle shares how transit is critical to his employment and quality of life.

Public comment: ON TO 2050/FFY 2022-26 TIP conformity analysis and TIP amendment 

CMAP released the following conformity analysis of ON TO 2050 and the FFY 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Please review the ON TO 2050/TIP conformity analysis and TIP amendment 22-03. Comments may be submitted to CMAP by mail, email, or phone (312-454-0400) through Tuesday, December 7.

Watch the CMAP Board meeting 

The CMAP Board met on Wednesday, November 10. The Board discussed the economic recovery and its impacts on mobility in the region, and received an update on CMAP's strategic direction and engagement strategy. The Board is on call for the month of December and will likely meet next on January 12, 2022. 

Events

Unified Work Program
November 17, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Host: CMAP

Tier II Consultation Committee
November 18, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

Transportation Committee
November 19, 2021, 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Host: CMAP

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