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Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning CMAP is the regional planning agency for the 7 counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois.

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It's time for a  ! Congratulations to Nora Beck, who has been promoted to principal policy analyst in our Regional Polic...
01/09/2024

It's time for a ! Congratulations to Nora Beck, who has been promoted to principal policy analyst in our Regional Policy and Implementation division.

Nora will continue to lead and manage our climate mitigation, air quality, and water resources program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our water resources.

Today, CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman joined transportation leaders from across the country at the annual meeting o...
01/08/2024

Today, CMAP Executive Director Erin Aleman joined transportation leaders from across the country at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.

Panel members discussed how transportation agencies, like CMAP, work collaboratively to overcome formidable obstacles, such as workforce dynamics, funding constraints, and technological shifts.

Erin shared examples of ways we are strengthening collaboration with members across our region, while increasing access to funding opportunities for communities that need it most.

More snow is on the way! Many of us soon will be under a winter weather advisory. It's a good time to address road salt....
01/08/2024

More snow is on the way! Many of us soon will be under a winter weather advisory. It's a good time to address road salt.

Salt helps protect pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. But road salt doesn’t just disappear after the snow falls. It can pollute our drinking water. Click below for some guidance on improving our region's salting practices.

Road salt helps protect pedestrians, bikers, and drivers, but excessive use pollutes our drinking water.

We're celebrating the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership, which launched one year ago. Watch the video to find out...
01/04/2024

We're celebrating the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership, which launched one year ago.

Watch the video to find out how this partnership has become a force. And learn about several , including those made by companies that are new to the market and also existing companies that are expanding.

The partnership is a collaboration among northeastern Illinois' seven counties — Cook County Government, Choose DuPage IL, Kane County Government, Kendall County, Lake County, IL Government, McHenry County Government, and Will County Center for Economic Development — and the City of Chicago – Government. It is managed by World Business Chicago.

CMAP helped set the partnership in motion, with support from The Chicago Community Trust.

The City of Chicago, Cook County and 6 other counties have launched the Greater Chicagoland Economic Partnership (GCEP) led by World Business Chicago. Counti...

Ralph Banasiak's column for the Daily Herald highlights our region's bicycle and pedestrian plans as he takes a look at ...
01/03/2024

Ralph Banasiak's column for the Daily Herald highlights our region's bicycle and pedestrian plans as he takes a look at the cycling stories of the year.

Mountain bike racing, new bike/pedestrian plans and a safety education surge for Illinois students highlighted biking in 2023. Unfortunately, fatalities continued to rise. Six biking/pedestrian plans...

Last call: The deadline is Sunday, December 31
12/28/2023

Last call: The deadline is Sunday, December 31

⏰ Submit your input for Move Illinois, our Long Range Transportation plan! Visit us online to learn more and take our survey: https://idot.click/r02. Your voice matters, but time is running out – the deadline is December 31, 2023. More information can be found at https://idot.click/long-range-ad3322.

A big ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wi******er Avenue in the Village of Calumet Park this month celebrated a life-changing ...
12/27/2023

A big ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wi******er Avenue in the Village of Calumet Park this month celebrated a life-changing renovation project that reduces flooding, increases water quality, and improves drainage.

It addresses long-term flooding issues, using green infrastructure. The project added bioswales on the west side of the road, permeable pavers on the east side of the road, and asphalt, which is also permeable, in the middle.

Many partners worked to make this project come to life. The project was featured in the village’s CMAP-sponsored comprehensive plan and a Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) RainReady plan, and had project coordination assistance through CMAP’s capacity-building program.

The project was made possible by funding from Cook County Government, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Check the comments to get a link to watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Safe Travel for All Roadmap (STAR) is taking an exciting next step – safety action planning efforts will kick off in...
12/22/2023

The Safe Travel for All Roadmap (STAR) is taking an exciting next step – safety action planning efforts will kick off in early 2024.

Read about it in our latest Safety News newsletter: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILCMAP/bulletins/37ed77b

Six counties in the region (Cook County Government, DuPage County Board, Kane County Government, Lake County, IL Government, McHenry County Government, and Will County Board), as well as the Greater Ashburn community area in Chicago and the Town of Cicero, will develop action plans as part of STAR.

To help communities improve accessibility, CMAP launched a training program covering the Americans with Disabilities Act...
12/21/2023

To help communities improve accessibility, CMAP launched a training program covering the Americans with Disabilities Act and communities’ obligations under the ADA.

Click below to find training materials from the workshops, including slide decks, videos, handouts and more!

CMAP's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) training program covers ADA and Title II requirements, completing a self-evaluation, the role of an ADA coordinator, and developing a transition plan.

Our region plays a key role in the national freight and passenger rail network, and we’re excited by the opportunity to ...
12/20/2023

Our region plays a key role in the national freight and passenger rail network, and we’re excited by the opportunity to continue to connect communities and provide enhanced transportation choices.

BIG NEWS 📢

We're announcing funding for 10 major passenger rail projects across the country. These projects will bring high-speed rail to America, better connect more Americans, and keep our rail network in good repair. https://www.railwayage.com/regulatory/fra-announces-fed-state-national-program-corridor-id-selections/

Get the details on the Plan of Action for Regional Transit: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1523087/Plan+o...
12/19/2023

Get the details on the Plan of Action for Regional Transit:https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/documents/10180/1523087/Plan+of+Action+for+Regional+Transit_Dec2023.pdf

The consolidation proposal is part of a series of recommendations regional planners sent to state lawmakers.

Congratulations to Michael Connelly, chief planning officer for Chicago Transit Authority, on his well-deserved retireme...
12/15/2023

Congratulations to Michael Connelly, chief planning officer for Chicago Transit Authority, on his well-deserved retirement.

Michael has been a prominent member of the CMAP Transportation Committee for 17 years, providing valuable insights and advocacy for transit in our region. Thank you for your service to our region.

From all of us at CMAP, we wish Michael the best in his next chapter and endeavors to come!

Pictured are (from left): Tara Orbon, vice chair of the Transportation Committee; Aimee Lee, CMAP deputy of transportation, research, analysis, and programming; Michael Connelly; Leon Rockingham, mayor of North Chicago; and Kevin Carrier, chair of the Transportation Committee.

We’re stronger when we work together! 2023 has been a year of great strides and collaboration.Check out the latest CMAP ...
12/14/2023

We’re stronger when we work together! 2023 has been a year of great strides and collaboration.
Check out the latest CMAP Update: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILCMAP/bulletins/37fc0ab
▪️ A look back on a year of achievements
▪️ Now is the time to be bold: The Plan of Action for Regional Transit delivers solutions to strengthen northeastern Illinois’ transit system
▪️ Don’t miss a virtual climate action townhall
▪️ And more!

CMAP and its partners are completing a climate action plan that will give our region access to $4.6 billion in competiti...
12/14/2023

CMAP and its partners are completing a climate action plan that will give our region access to $4.6 billion in competitive implementation grants to lower emissions, improve air quality, and more. Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Illinois EPA

Join a virtual townhall on Monday, December 18, to learn about this funding opportunity and how it fits into climate action planning. Register now: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_JFPOVr1ASoKEPs2eAA7m9w #/registration

Learn more about these federal grants that range from $2 million to $500 million for emissions reduction projects CHICAGO (December 12, 2023) – You are invited to join a Climate Action Townhall on Monday, December 18th, to learn about the U.S. EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction

Accessibility tip: When designing maps or graphics, contrast is critical for ensuring text legibility. If you’re not sur...
12/13/2023

Accessibility tip: When designing maps or graphics, contrast is critical for ensuring text legibility.

If you’re not sure whether the color beneath the text will provide enough contrast, try using a contrasting color to make a halo around the text.

Learn more in our Accessible Communities newsletter: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILCMAP/bulletins/37e99b0
You'll also find:
▪️ What's new in web content accessibility guidelines
▪️ Mark your calendar for the 2024 National ADA Symposium
▪️ USDOT seeks input on accessibility of transit facilities
▪️ And more!

It's the latest CMAP transportation newsletter: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILCMAP/bulletins/37e731b Check ...
12/11/2023

It's the latest CMAP transportation newsletter: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILCMAP/bulletins/37e731b Check it out and sign up for all of our newsletters!

▪️ CMAP delivers the Plan of Action for Regional Transit to state leaders
▪️ Transportation Committee recap: Safety performance targets, and more
▪️ Comment on the 2024-2028 Transportation Improvement Program
▪️ Learn about a federal RAISE grant opportunity
▪️ And more!

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is celebrating 12 northeastern Illinois communities that have achieved "EV Ready" status ...
12/11/2023

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is celebrating 12 northeastern Illinois communities that have achieved "EV Ready" status through a program supported by ComEd.

Congratulations to these communities working to promote electric vehicle infrastructure and other communities that have joined the program.

Click below to learn more about the program. The EV Ready communities are: Village of Carol Stream - Government, City of Darien, Illinois, Village of Deer Park, City of Geneva, Municipality, Village of Glencoe, Illinois – Government, Village of Hampshire, Illinois, Village of Hanover Park- Government, Village of Maywood, Village of Oak Park, Illinois, City of Polo- Government, Village of Skokie, Village of University Park

12/08/2023

Chicago Tonight reports on the Plan of Action for Regional Transit.

PART responds to a state law directing CMAP to work with regional partners and develop bold policy solutions to address a looming transit fiscal crisis.

CMAP has delivered the Plan of Action for Regional Transit (PART), providing the big, bold solutions needed to transform...
12/08/2023

CMAP has delivered the Plan of Action for Regional Transit (PART), providing the big, bold solutions needed to transform and strengthen northeastern Illinois’ transit system.

It marks a turning point as we shift from what could be to what will be. Transit agencies face an expected budget shortfall of $730 million in 2026. But that can be avoided if we act now.

Learn more about PART and how our region can reimagine and reshape the future of our transit system: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ILCMAP/bulletins/37ecfaf

Click to watch the video! Big, bold solutions are needed to protect northeastern Illinois' transit system. Today, CMAP d...
12/07/2023

Click to watch the video! Big, bold solutions are needed to protect northeastern Illinois' transit system.

Today, CMAP delivers the final Plan of Action for Regional Transit (PART) to the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office. It is the culmination of 10 months of rigorous work and includes a wide variety of regional leaders who came together to develop the plan.

President Preckwinkle joins state, county and regional elected officials, along with regional business and civic leaders, to spotlight the Plan of Action for...

Anja Herrman of River Forest was one of 15 young women from across the country selected by First Lady Jill Biden as a “G...
12/06/2023

Anja Herrman of River Forest was one of 15 young women from across the country selected by First Lady Jill Biden as a “Girls Leading Change” honoree.

Anja has led grassroots disability advocacy work and served as the youngest member of the Village of River Forest’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group. CMAP joins in celebrating this young leader who is shaping a brighter and more inclusive future!

CMAP is hiring! We continue to hire and promote great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, making the agency and i...
12/05/2023

CMAP is hiring! We continue to hire and promote great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, making the agency and its work stronger.

If you share our enthusiasm for building a thriving and inclusive northeastern Illinois, we invite you to apply. Check out our open positions: https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/about/careers

We’re working on a plan to shape the future of the City of Braidwood. We appreciate all who joined us last week at an op...
12/04/2023

We’re working on a plan to shape the future of the City of Braidwood. We appreciate all who joined us last week at an open house to talk about the city’s comprehensive plan.

Thanks to those at CMAP who helped make the open house successful, including Stephen Ostrander, Beatrix Yan, Jonathan Burch, Alexander Bahls, George Perkins Anene, Seth Thomas, Lee Skuby, and George Rivera.

Learn more about the plan and let us know what you think: https://engage.cmap.illinois.gov/braidwood-comprehensive-plan

We embraced the holiday spirit this week at the Village of Franklin Park Winterfest and Annual Tree Lighting.CMAP is wor...
12/01/2023

We embraced the holiday spirit this week at the Village of Franklin Park Winterfest and Annual Tree Lighting.

CMAP is working with the village to create a plan to transform Grand Avenue into a safe, accessible, and thriving corridor. CMAP senior planner Vickie Barrett and planner Lily Brack talked with residents who helped fill up our tree and let us know their favorite thing about Franklin Park.

The plan is focused on making Grand Avenue safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. Learn more, and tell us what you think: https://engage.cmap.illinois.gov/franklin-park-grand-avenue-corridor-plan

The RTA - Regional Transportation Authority - Illinois Transit is the Answer Coalition meeting is coming up Tuesday, Dec...
11/30/2023

The RTA - Regional Transportation Authority - Illinois Transit is the Answer Coalition meeting is coming up Tuesday, December 5.

Click below to learn more and register.

📢 Register now for next week's Transit is the Answer Coalition meeting to weigh in on the RTA's 2024 budget and legislative agenda: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rta-transit-is-the-answer-quarterly-coalition-meeting-tickets-740258040727?aff=oddtdtcreator

Whether you are already a coalition member or are interested in learning more about how to support the region's transit system, we hope to see you on Tuesday, December 5 for this in-person meeting and networking event!

CMAP is proud to be a public agency partner of the Women’s Transportation Seminar’s Chicago Chapter. We are glad to help...
11/29/2023

CMAP is proud to be a public agency partner of the Women’s Transportation Seminar’s Chicago Chapter.

We are glad to help celebrate the WTS Greater Chicago Chapter and a year of accomplishments at its partnership appreciation breakfast.

Learn about the Illinois Department of Transportation's long-range plan. Take the survey and help shape Illinois' future...
11/28/2023

Learn about the Illinois Department of Transportation's long-range plan. Take the survey and help shape Illinois' future.

Also, IDOT will present two Virtual Advisory Group webinars. Register by December 6: https://idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/transportation-management/planning/long-range-transportation-pan.html

Are you curious about Move Illinois, our 2024 Long-Range Transportation Plan? 🚍 Visit https://idot.click/long-range-ad3322 to learn more and take our survey. Input is being accepted through the end of the year!

Plans to redesign the concourse at Union Station are underway. Want to provide input? Take the survey:
11/27/2023

Plans to redesign the concourse at Union Station are underway. Want to provide input? Take the survey:

The Friends of the Chicago River and Trust for Public Land earned recognition as a Climate Champion by the Chicago Innov...
11/21/2023

The Friends of the Chicago River and Trust for Public Land earned recognition as a Climate Champion by the Chicago Innovation Awards for the Natural Solutions Tool, a user-friendly mapping portal.

The Greater Chicago Watershed Alliance –– of which CMAP is a part –– created the free, publicly available tool, which includes nearly 1.5 million parcels in 176 municipalities and 42 subwatersheds in Cook, Lake, DuPage, and Will counties.

It helps focus strategic investments on green infrastructure, prioritize communities of greatest need, and reveal where the multiple benefits of nature-based solutions can improve community and environmental health.

Use of the Natural Solutions Tool is free for nonprofit entities, government agencies, community groups and individuals. However, fees apply for for-profit companies to keep this resource updated and maintained. Please click here.

The DuPage Mobility Framework Plan is available for public comment until Friday, December 8.
11/21/2023

The DuPage Mobility Framework Plan is available for public comment until Friday, December 8.

The following file is the Public Comment Draft of the DuPage Mobility Framework.  It is intended for review and comment.  The public comment period will close on Friday, December 8, 2023. DRAFT DuPage Mobility Framework Plan - Public Comment Version Comments may be directed in writing to: John E. ...

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