Saturday, August 2, 2008

Planning Updates

Here are a list of planning updates:

Capital Plan. Yesterday, the Governor and the Illinois Works Coalition announced a revised $25 million capital plan. Click here for the press release

USDOT releases transportation authorization proposal. This week the U.S. Department of Transportation released a web link to "Refocus. Reform. Renew.: A NewTransportation Approach in America" - the Administration's plan, to overhaul the way U.S. transportation decisions and investments are made.

Cost of Congestion briefing. Don't forget the panel discussion of the Metropolitan Planning Council's imminent report titled "Moving at the Speed of Congestion." The event is at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, in the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Multi-Purpose Room, Lower Level, 400 S.State St., Chicago. Register online at

MPC save the date. In other MPC news, their 2008 Annual Meeting Luncheon will be held on Monday,September 8, 2008. The topic is "Metropolitan Mandate: How the Next President Will Maximize Metro Potential." Representatives of the two major party nominees for President of the United States will present their candidates' plans and priorities for solving the most urgent issues impeding the nation's regions and cities.

Location is the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive. The event is sponsored by National City Bank.

Hearing to address the proposed EJ&E acquisition by CN. CMAP has been asked to testify at an informal hearing hosted by Congressional Representatives Bean, Biggert, Foster, Manzullo and Roskam to address the impact of the proposed acquisition of the EJ&E by the Canadian National Railroad.
Local communities, municipal governments and state agencies have been asked to provide testimony on the impacts of the proposed transaction.

The hearing is on Tuesday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, located on 219 South Dearborn Avenue, Suite 2525 in Chicago.

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