Understanding regional transportation vulnerabilities
This week, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) finished a series of workshops to develop a scope for northeastern Illinois' first transportation vulnerability assessment and resilience plan. The work will identify current and future weather-related risks to our transportation system and identify opportunities for collaboration and adaptation.
Now is the time to coordinate around these issues. The infrastructure law created new funding that will help states, regions, and local governments build resilient infrastructure in the face of climate change. The new assessment and plan are the first steps toward a shared understanding of regional needs, and will position northeastern Illinois to make the most effective use of these new funding opportunities.
As the region's comprehensive planning agency, CMAP is convening our partners and key implementers, and aligning our priorities through projects like the transportation vulnerability assessment, to ensure our entire region can benefit from the infrastructure law.
Improve natural resources through redevelopment
Infill and redevelopment can provide a variety of benefits, such as making efficient use of existing infrastructure, promoting walkability, spurring investment, and helping to preserve agricultural and natural lands. The redevelopment process also presents unique opportunities to conserve, restore, and enhance natural resources, and increase climate resilience.
ON TO 2050, the region's comprehensive plan, lists strategies to improve natural resources through redevelopment. This includes applying sustainable development practices, increasing community greening efforts, and supporting communities that are disproportionally affected by environmental challenges.
Sign up for committee notices
You can now receive automated notices about committee meetings through CMAP's new meetings website. To sign up for these emails, visit the website and enter your email in the field at the top. On the next page, you'll have to confirm your email address before selecting the CMAP committees that interest you on a separate page. You will then receive an automated email from CMAP with the subject line, "Subscription Change Confirmation."
Chicago financial assistance programs open next week
Two new financial assistance programs for Chicago residents open next week. Chicago Moves will give $50 CTA fare cards to 100,000 riders, and $150 gas cards to 50,000 drivers. The second program is the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot, which will give $500 a month for a year to 5,000 residents with low income.
Help shape Illinois' strategic highway plan
Whether you drive, ride, walk, or bike, your safety on Illinois' roads is a top priority for all of us. To create safer conditions for all travelers, the Illinois Department of Transportation seeks feedback from federal, state, regional, and local transportation officials on the new 2022 Strategic Highway Safety Plan.
The plan identifies strategies to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on Illinois roads. States also are required to complete this plan every five years to remain eligible to receive federal highway safety improvement program funding. Your ideas, and input are critical to making a positive impact on travelers.
Please answer the survey by Friday, April 29, and share with others.
Northwest Water Planning Alliance Technical Advisory Committee
April 26, at 10:00 a.m.
Host: Northwest Water Planning Alliance
Developing Community Bicycle/Pedestrian Plans
April 28, noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: Metropolitan Planning Council
April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Erin Aleman at City Club of Chicago
April 27, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Host: City Club of Chicago
Has Carbon's Pricing Moment Arrived?
April 27, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
Host: Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago