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Chicago’s Transportation Stimulus Money Open for Public Comment
March 9, 2009, 3:43 pm
Filed under: Stimulus Bill

Transparency – hooray!  The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP, has made its list of 116 “shovel ready” projects available to the public.  The projects are pretty heavy on road resurfacing, a need I appreciate much more now that it’s warm enough to bike around the city and play “avoid the pothole.”  There’s also some Metra and Pace projects happening – for the full list head here.

So what makes these fairly standard sounding projects count as stimulus spending? According to Adrian Uribarri, who wrote a first-hand account of the announcement meeting for the Chi-Town Daily News, CMAP Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn explained that these projects were originally scheduled for 2010 and 2011. By bumping them up to 2009 we’re creating jobs now, presumably because we’ll have to hire more people to complete these projects on their newly compressed schedule.

So here’s the fun part: if you have questions or want CMAP to get your input on this list, you can attend one of two last meetings to finalize the list. The meetings will be held at the CMAP offices at 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL.

Wednesday, March 11th. 9:30 – 11 am.

Thursday, March 12th. 10am – noon.

According to Susi An of Chicago Public radio, the public has been very, very quiet at previous meetings. I’ll go ahead and guess that’s partially because most people didn’t know that the meetings were being held and partially because board meetings sound very dull despite the fact that millions of dollars are getting spent in them. If you have a strong interest in the jobs (primarily in construction) that can be created out of these funds I strongly suggest you attend.

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So, are you going to the meeting?

Comment by masaccio

I do sustainability trainings, not construction, so this meeting is a out of my bailiwick. But again, for people who work in construction or transit these meetings would be a good way to plug in and get the news hot off the presses.

Comment by keylerwerve




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