ON TO 2050 Proposed Amendments

ON TO 2050 Proposed Amendments

ON TO 2050 identifies a list of fiscally constrained regionally significant projects (RSPs), which are eligible to receive federal transportation funds and obtain certain federal approvals. Amendments to ON TO 2050 are expected to be occasional and to address projects with a significant change in funding or development status, warranting a new evaluation. Amendments undergo the same analysis and public discussion as projects identified in the plan development process. Selected projects should substantially implement ON TO 2050 by addressing current needs, improving travel over the long term, and having positive impacts on plan priorities, such as investing in existing communities, enhancing environmental quality, and improving quality of life. An amendment must also meet fiscal constraint requirements.

A memo explaining the amendment process is available here. During an amendment process, CMAP conducts both a qualitative evaluation of the proposal’s consistency with the principles and recommendations of ON TO 2050, and a quantitative evaluation of the proposal comparing the various forecasting assumptions and resulting project performance with regard to ON TO 2050 priorities. Project sponsors also provide their own assessment of the project, along with supporting information and analysis.

Previously considered amendments

O’Hare Express System

On November 20, 2018 the City of Chicago Department of Transportation requested an amendment for the O’Hare Express System (OES). The OES would provide transit-like service via new, twin, 17.5-mile tunnels between Block 37 in downtown Chicago and a new station at O’Hare airport. Sixteen-passenger electric vehicles would travel at 120-150 miles per hour, with a travel time of approximately 12 minutes each way. The fare would be between $20 and $30 each way.

The public comment period for the proposed amendment ran from January 25 – February 25, 2019. CMAP staff produced an analysis for public comment, a summary of public comment, and a recommendation memo. On March 13 and 14, 2019, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee, respectively, voted to amend ON TO 2050 to include the project.

Roadway Improvements to Support the Update to the South Lakefront Framework Plan

On November 30, 2018 the City of Chicago Department of Transportation requested an amendment for the Roadway Improvements to Support the Update to the South Lakefront Framework Plan (more commonly known as the Jackson Park Transportation and Mobility Improvement Project). The project would involve closing some roadway segments and improving others, including adding an additional southbound travel lane on South Lakeshore Drive from 57th Drive to Hayes Drive. The Project also includes new and improved bike and pedestrian trails, five new pedestrian underpasses, pedestrian crossing and safety improvements, and various elements to improve transit priority and speed bus travel, particularly along Stony Island Avenue.

The public comment period for the proposed amendment ran from January 25 – February 25, 2019. CMAP staff produced an analysis for public comment, a summary of public comment, and a recommendation memo. On March 13 and 14, 2019, the CMAP Board and MPO Policy Committee, respectively, voted to amend ON TO 2050 to include the project.

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