New MacArthur grant funds CMAP's capacity-building work
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to continue work building local government capacity. First piloted in 2018, the Capacity Building Program offers training, technical assistance, and support to local governments in northeastern Illinois.
To date, participating communities applied for and received more than $4 million in grants, started or advanced dozens of projects, launched four new public outdoor initiatives, created a new county coordinator position, and launched a new online portal for intergovernmental cooperation.
Marquette Greenway receives grant to complete bike/ped path
Marquette Greenway — a planned 60-mile bicycle/pedestrian path along Lake Michigan — has received a $17.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The funding, from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program, will help complete the remaining nearly 26 miles of the path. The Marquette Greenway will run from Calumet Park in Chicago, through Indiana, to New Buffalo, Michigan.
Infrastructure law implementation begins
The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a new website for transportation agencies, communities, and stakeholders interested in learning more about the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
As part of implementing IIJA, the department is seeking input on the rollout of new programs and funding. The first opportunity for input focuses on how the department can best implement highway formula programs continued by the IIJA. The second is directed at the new formula and competitive funding opportunities for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
CMAP will continue to monitor implementation of the IIJA to ensure northeastern Illinois is taking full advantage of funding opportunities.
Survey: Help RTA plan for the future of public transit
Public transit is essential to our region's economic, environmental, and social health. The pandemic highlighted both the importance of transit and long-standing challenges that must be addressed.
The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is developing the next Regional Transit Strategic Plan for northeastern Illinois and they need your help. Please take and share a survey on the challenges and opportunities facing public transit.
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.
Apply for planning, policy, and communications positions
Come join our team! CMAP has numerous openings, from planning to communications. The agency is hiring a deputy executive director of communications and engagement, a director of strategic alignment and innovation, three principal planners, an engagement associate, and a social media manager.
December 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to noon
COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Metra Operations
December 9, 2021, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Urban Transportation Center at UIC
Climate Extremes and Great Lakes Infrastructure
December 9, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Host: National Association of Regional Councils
"Invasion of the Nature Snatchers!" A Stewardship Festival
December 11, 2021, noon to 3:00 p.m.
Host: Chicago Region Trees Initiative