The Urban Transportation Center at UIC

The Urban Transportation Center at UIC The Urban Transportation Center is a research unit at the University of Illinois at Chicago dedicated to conducting research and education and providing technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations, finance and management.
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This page will address topics related to transportation. The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is part of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, a nationally-recognized innovator in education, research, and engagement in support of the nation's cities and metropolitan areas. It was established as a campus unit in 1979. The UTC's goal is to catalyze interdisciplinary exploration and understanding of the human, economic and informational aspects of transportation systems and the complex social context in which it operates.

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Candidates are being sought to participate as Fellows in the 2021 UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, whi...
04/21/2021
Become a Fellow — UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

Candidates are being sought to participate as Fellows in the 2021 UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy, which takes place virtually July 5 to 16. The theme for this year’s event is “Finding Ecosystems: Seeking the World Beyond Your Cave.” Applicants must be enrolled in academic study or engaged in energy, environmental or sustainability work or research. Visit the link below to learn more and apply. https://uicsise.com/qanda

In general, applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria to be considered, though case-by-case exceptions may be considered at the discretion of SISE. Applicants should:

Transportation researchers, professionals and educators are invited to submit a proposal to present at the virtual Trans...
04/19/2021
Transport Chicago

Transportation researchers, professionals and educators are invited to submit a proposal to present at the virtual Transport Chicago mini conference Friday June 18. All interested in presenting at the virtual conference should submit a 250-word description of your proposal by Friday April 16. Visit this page to learn more and access the online submission form. http://www.transportchicago.org/

Transport Chicago is an annual conference dedicated to the mission of improving transportation in the Chicago region and beyond. Providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge in transportation research, policy and practice.

Insight on travel increases during the weeks following recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was a key topic discussed by ...
04/15/2021

Insight on travel increases during the weeks following recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was a key topic discussed by CMAP’s Laura Wilkison today during the third and final UTC Seminar Series presentation. Revisit the virtual event, “Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region," by clicking on the link below. You'll get access to both the audio and AV recordings, Laura's PowerPoint presentation, and messages in the Chat box that include links to CMAP and RTA reports. Did you participate? If so, we welcome your commentary. https://uofi.app.box.com/s/fujivstdz47v8rcaetsyjo7v4potcb42

Insight on travel increases during the weeks following recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic was a key topic discussed by CMAP’s Laura Wilkison today during the third and final UTC Seminar Series presentation. Revisit the virtual event, “Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region," by clicking on the link below. You'll get access to both the audio and AV recordings, Laura's PowerPoint presentation, and messages in the Chat box that include links to CMAP and RTA reports. Did you participate? If so, we welcome your commentary. https://uofi.app.box.com/s/fujivstdz47v8rcaetsyjo7v4potcb42

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will deliver a short address between the two panel discussions at tomorrow's 2021 UIC Ur...
04/13/2021

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will deliver a short address between the two panel discussions at tomorrow's 2021 UIC Urban Forum. The topic of this year's virtual event: "Exploring the Future of Urban Communities." Yes, there's still time to register for the Urban Forum, which kicks off at 9 am. https://urbanforum.uic.edu/

Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will deliver a short address between the two panel discussions at tomorrow's 2021 UIC Urban Forum. The topic of this year's virtual event: "Exploring the Future of Urban Communities." Yes, there's still time to register for the Urban Forum, which kicks off at 9 am. https://urbanforum.uic.edu/

Our friends at the Active Transportation Alliance recently published a Q&A article with U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, w...
04/12/2021
A local champion for transportation justice - Active Transportation Alliance

Our friends at the Active Transportation Alliance recently published a Q&A article with U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who represents the 4th Congressional District in Illinois and received the ATA's Public Leadership Award. We're also proud to note that Rep. Garcia, a staunch supporter of public transit, earned the Masters of Urban Planning and Policy degree from UIC in 2002. In the interview, he addresses a wide range of topics -- from his own use of public transit to proposed legislation in Congress. https://activetrans.org/blog/a-local-champion-for-transportation-justice

Active Trans is thrilled to be recognizing US Representative Jesús García for our 35th Anniversary celebration. Known to most people as “Chuy,” Rep. García is receiving Active Trans’ Public Leadership Award for his tireless efforts fighting for better public transportation, walking, and bik...

Our transportation system is a literal route to opportunity, connecting residents to jobs, education, and services. And ...
04/12/2021
Improving equity in transportation fees, fines, and fares

Our transportation system is a literal route to opportunity, connecting residents to jobs, education, and services. And yet significant inequities exist. ON TO 2050 — the region’s comprehensive plan — recommends leveraging the transportation network to promote inclusive growth and implementing user
fees carefully to avoid undue burdens on residents with low income. In a new report, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning details how fees, fines, and fares impact residents with low income and people of color, and recommends policy changes to improve equity. https://www.cmap.illinois.gov/mobility/strategic-investment/transportation-fees-fines-and-fares?utm_source=april9_weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fees_fines_fares

ON TO 2050, the region’s comprehensive plan, recommends both fully funding the region’s transportation system and leveraging it to promote inclusive growth. To support these goals, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning conducted its first comprehensive analysis of the impacts of transport...

Released earlier this year, the non-fiction work, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Toge...
04/09/2021

Released earlier this year, the non-fiction work, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together," is a New York Times best-seller. On April 14, author Heather McGhee will share thoughts as the keynote speaker during the 2021 UIC Urban Forum. This year's theme: Exploring the Future of Urban Communities. Registration remains open for this virtual event, which kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs through noon. Here's how to register. https://urbanforum.uic.edu/event-information/registration/

Released earlier this year, the non-fiction work, "The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together," is a New York Times best-seller. On April 14, author Heather McGhee will share thoughts as the keynote speaker during the 2021 UIC Urban Forum. This year's theme: Exploring the Future of Urban Communities. Registration remains open for this virtual event, which kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs through noon. Here's how to register. https://urbanforum.uic.edu/event-information/registration/

In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Laura Wilkison has been in leadership roles involving legislative st...
04/08/2021

In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Laura Wilkison has been in leadership roles involving legislative strategy, policy development, and coalition building to advance transportation projects and improve mobility across northeastern Illinois. Laura's resume includes positions with CDOT and communications firm Metro Strategies, where clients included regional transportation service providers, counties, and municipalities, as well as the CREATE program. Now Deputy Executive Director of Plan Implementation and Legislative Affairs at CMAP, Laura will lead the final UTC Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2021 semester. Join us April 15 at noon for "Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region." Visit this link to learn more and register for this online event. https://utc.uic.edu/events/mobility-recovery-rethinking-mobility-in-a-post-covid-chicago-region/

In a career that has spanned more than two decades, Laura Wilkison has been in leadership roles involving legislative strategy, policy development, and coalition building to advance transportation projects and improve mobility across northeastern Illinois. Laura's resume includes positions with CDOT and communications firm Metro Strategies, where clients included regional transportation service providers, counties, and municipalities, as well as the CREATE program. Now Deputy Executive Director of Plan Implementation and Legislative Affairs at CMAP, Laura will lead the final UTC Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2021 semester. Join us April 15 at noon for "Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region." Visit this link to learn more and register for this online event. https://utc.uic.edu/events/mobility-recovery-rethinking-mobility-in-a-post-covid-chicago-region/

The outlook for public transportation in metropolitan Chicago was the focus of the March 17 webinar, “What’s Down the Li...
04/07/2021

The outlook for public transportation in metropolitan Chicago was the focus of the March 17 webinar, “What’s Down the Line: Public Transit in a Post-Pandemic Chicago,” which was hosted by the UIC Alumni Exchange. UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj led the afternoon presentation. If you missed the webinar, just click on the link below to access a recorded version. https://advance.uic.edu/news-stories/whats-down-the-line-public-transit-in-post-pandemic-chicago/

The outlook for public transportation in metropolitan Chicago was the focus of the March 17 webinar, “What’s Down the Line: Public Transit in a Post-Pandemic Chicago,” which was hosted by the UIC Alumni Exchange. UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj led the afternoon presentation. If you missed the webinar, just click on the link below to access a recorded version. https://advance.uic.edu/news-stories/whats-down-the-line-public-transit-in-post-pandemic-chicago/

UTC Director Dr. Ps Sriraj is among the many local transportation experts who shared comments in a recent Chicago Reader...
04/05/2021
Local leaders and advocates agree: Biden's $2T infrastructure package would be great for Chicago transportation

UTC Director Dr. Ps Sriraj is among the many local transportation experts who shared comments in a recent Chicago Reader article by John Greenfield on the Biden administration's American Jobs Plan, which would allocate a significant amount of federal dollars to infrastructure, including transportation. Visit this link to read Dr. Sriraj's thoughts, along with those from other Chicago scholars and professionals. https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/area-local-reaction-infrastructure-american-jobs-plan/Content?oid=87686064

The plan would dramatically beef up funding for transit, vehicle electrification, and Amtrak.

The news out of Washington last week addresses the very foundation of the nation's infrastructure: A proposed $2 trillio...
04/05/2021

The news out of Washington last week addresses the very foundation of the nation's infrastructure: A proposed $2 trillion (with a "t") plan to build or repair highways, bridges, transit and more. The Chicago Tribune published a detailed report yesterday on prospects for metropolitan Chicago. After reading the article, please share your thoughts. https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-prem-chicago-illinois-transportation-infrastructure-joe-biden-20210402-jwc6fjfoqzae7fgulpzxwnddg4-story.html

The news out of Washington last week addresses the very foundation of the nation's infrastructure: A proposed $2 trillion (with a "t") plan to build or repair highways, bridges, transit and more. The Chicago Tribune published a detailed report yesterday on prospects for metropolitan Chicago. After reading the article, please share your thoughts. https://www.chicagotribune.com/politics/ct-prem-chicago-illinois-transportation-infrastructure-joe-biden-20210402-jwc6fjfoqzae7fgulpzxwnddg4-story.html

Advancing diversity and inclusion for Black Americans in transportation will be the focus of the April 7 Changing the TI...
03/26/2021

Advancing diversity and inclusion for Black Americans in transportation will be the focus of the April 7 Changing the TIDE in Transportation webinar hosted by the Council of University Transportation Centers. Panelists will address actions being taken at the federal level and through the Transportation Research Board. Registration is open for this hour-long virtual presentation, the second in the TIDE series. The webinar kicks off at 10 am Central Time. Visit this link to register and learn more. https://mycutc.org/events/webinars/

Earlier this week, the Chicago Loop Alliance announced a proposal to close a portion of State Street downtown to vehicul...
03/25/2021
Chicago Loop Alliance Plans to Close State Street to Traffic on Sundays this Summer

Earlier this week, the Chicago Loop Alliance announced a proposal to close a portion of State Street downtown to vehicular traffic on 12 Sundays this summer as a way to help revitalize the iconic retail center in the wake of the pandemic. This report aired on the "Chicago Tonight" news program on WTTW offers details. https://news.wttw.com/2021/03/23/chicago-loop-alliance-plans-close-state-street-traffic-sundays-summer

Sundays on State would shut down the thoroughfare from Lake to Madison streets on Sundays for up to 12 weeks, starting in July. It’s just one part of the Chicago Loop Alliance’s efforts to bring pedestrian traffic and retail dollars back to the city center as Chicago’s COVID-19 recovery contin...

Challenges facing suburban transit agencies will be addressed Wednesday during "Transit Justice Forum: The Future of Sub...
03/23/2021

Challenges facing suburban transit agencies will be addressed Wednesday during "Transit Justice Forum: The Future of Suburban Transit," a noon webinar hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance.

These outstanding speakers will drive the conversation:

Congresswoman Marie Newman, Representative for Illinois' 3rd District
Leanne Redden, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority
Jim Derwinski, Executive Director, Metra
Rocky Donahue, Executive Director, Pace
Alfred White, Warehouse Workers for Justice
Amy Rynell, Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance

Visit this link to register. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/tZYtdemopj0qHdKop4bxkerD0we9jaI1TDEP/success?user_id=LaFTOZQHTxKmxWg8AhZofw&timezone_id=America%2FChicago

Gain insight into how mobility throughout metropolitan Chicago will advance in the months ahead by registering for "Mobi...
03/22/2021
Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region | Urban Transportation Center | University of Illinois at Chicago

Gain insight into how mobility throughout metropolitan Chicago will advance in the months ahead by registering for "Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region," the final UTC Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2021 semester. During the zoom presentation April 15, featured speaker Laura Wilkison of CMAP will present findings from a city-sponsored COVID-19 Recovery Task Force study and share more insight. All are welcomed to participate and encouraged to share thoughts and questions during the Q&A session. The event starts promptly at noon. Learn more and register. https://utc.uic.edu/events/mobility-recovery-rethinking-mobility-in-a-post-covid-chicago-region/

Apr 15 2021 Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region UTC Spring 2021 Seminar Series April 15, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Location Virtual Event Address Chicago, IL 60612 Calendar Download iCal File The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous challenges for the transportation....

COVID-19 has opened wide America’s eyes to the many disparities in our cities, and the growing divide between rich and p...
03/19/2021
Event Information | Urban Forum | University of Illinois at Chicago

COVID-19 has opened wide America’s eyes to the many disparities in our cities, and the growing divide between rich and poor. While many strategies have been advanced to close the wealth gap – raising minimum wage, housing integration, and education – most agree there is no simple solution.

The 2021 UIC Urban Forum April 14 takes on this complex topic of closing the wealth gap by focusing on equity. Equity aims to give everyone what is needed to succeed by addressing the historical and structural barriers that have created the gap in the first place.

Registration is now open for this virtual event, which will feature a keynote presentation by Heather McGhee, Author of the New York Times best-seller, The Sum of Us.

https://urbanforum.uic.edu/event-information/

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Our thanks to Tara Orbon, Chief Engineer for the Project Development Bureau at the Cook County Department of Transportat...
03/18/2021

Our thanks to Tara Orbon, Chief Engineer for the Project Development Bureau at the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, and colleague Jesse Elam, Director of Strategic Planning and Policy, for today's provocative and informative presentation, "Responding to Change: Innovations at Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways." In this second UTC Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2021 semester, participants learned about the impact of the pandemic on revenues, the DOTH's policy priorities, the Invest in Cook County program, the South Cook Study and much more. We've posted audio/visual and audio only recordings -- plus the detailed PowerPoint presentation -- online. Please visit the link below to download. Did you participate? Please share thoughts. https://uofi.box.com/s/ioscj8pfhgrhhklqrokwovx6cclo5gez

Yes, there's still room (virtually of course) to participate in "Responding to Change: Innovations at Cook County Depart...
03/17/2021
Responding to Change: Innovation at Cook County Department of Transportatio

Yes, there's still room (virtually of course) to participate in "Responding to Change: Innovations at Cook County Department of Transportation." This second virtual event in the Spring 2021 UTC Seminar Series will feature Tara Orbon and Jesee Elam. The event starts at noon tomorrow. Register for the zoom presentation from the link below. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/responding-to-change-innovation-at-cook-county-department-of-transportatio-tickets-144063883955

Presentation by Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways on addressing challenges from COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) was established as a campus unit in 1979. The UTC's goal is to catalyze interdisciplinary exploration and understanding of the human, economic and informational aspects of transportation systems and the complex social context in which it operates. We have a strong research, teaching and service history and a strategic plan for the future, which we believe will enable us to become the premier urban university center with a focus on transportation.

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This page will address topics related to transportation and urban planning issues in metropolitan Chicago and beyond. The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is part of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a nationally-recognized innovator in education, research, and engagement in support of the nation's cities and metropolitan areas. The UTC was established as a campus unit in 1979. The UTC's goal is to catalyze interdisciplinary exploration and understanding of the human, economic and informational aspects of transportation systems and the complex social context in which it operates. Dr. P.S. Sriraj is the current Director.

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