The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) was created in 2005 by state statute (70 ILCS 1707). CMAP’s Policy Committee is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the seven counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will, plus portions of DeKalb and Grundy. State and federal mandates require CMAP to conduct comprehensive regional planning, prioritize transportation investments, provide technical assistance for communities, and compile data resources that enhance decision making. CMAP staff are guided by the agency’s core values:
Serve with passion.
Lead with excellence.
Implementation of ON TO 2050 is CMAP’s main priority. CMAP is working to achieve regional goals in three primary ways: hands-on technical assistance to local governments, alignment of capital investments through performance-based decision making, and collaborative research and analysis.
Local Technical Assistance (LTA)
CMAP has initiated over 220 LTA projects in partnership with counties, municipalities, and nongovernmental organizations that are planning for increased livability, sustainability, and economic vitality.
ON TO 2050 recommendations guide the allocation of federal transportation dollars in northeastern Illinois through the following programs that CMAP administers:
- $475 million is programmed to be invested over four years (federal FY 2021-2024) as a part of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program to enhance mobility and improve air quality throughout the region.
- $196 million approved via the Surface Transportation Program-Shared Fund for federal FY 2020-2024, developed through coordination with subregional Councils of Mayors and the City of Chicago to address regional infrastructure priorities.
- $25 million allocated as part of the Transportation Alternatives Program for federal FY 2021-23 to support alternative modes of transportation and help complete CMAP’s Regional Greenways and Trails Plan.
- $17 billion in total, accounted for in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which includes all federally funded and otherwise regionally significant projects for federal FY2021-2025.
Policy research and analysis.
CMAP conducts extensive, data-driven research and analysis related to policy objectives in ON TO 2050, including diverse economic factors such as workforce, innovation, and state and local tax policies. CMAP helps to coordinate collaborative efforts to build partnerships involving educational institutions, government entities, and industries to strengthen our region’s economy.
This document and other CMAP legislative and policy statements for state and federal government can be found at cmap.illinois.gov/updates/legislative.
Contact Gordon Smith
Director of Government Affairs