NOTE: The main entrance to the UTC and CUPPA Hall was closed on May 29 for ComEd construction. Please enter through the Art and Exhibition Hall (AEH), 400 S. Peoria St. until work is completed sometime in August. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is dedicated to conducting research, inspiring education and providing technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations and management. The strategic goal of UTC transportation research is to promote liveable communities throughout the nation. We specialize in these four core clusters of transportation research:
Transit planning, operations and management
Transportation funding and financing
Freight planning operations and management
Data Development for transportation planning and analysis
The UTC participates in three US DOT national transportation research consortia:
1) National Center for Transit Research 2) National University Rail Center (NURail) 3) National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education (CFIRE).
Grants are used to fund collaborative research in the areas of public transportation, rail engineering and technology, and freight and infrastructure.
Steve Schlickman Comments on Rideshare Services & Pending Legislation
On July 29, Crain's Chicago Business published an online commentary by UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman on the value behind the growing rideshare services in metropolitan Chicago and the transportation benefits to consumers. Steve also comments on pending legislation in the Illinois General Assembly that would limit the number of rideshare drivers in Chicago. Read Steve Schlickman's complete rideshare commentary.
Value Capture July 24 Webinar Now Available for Download
The July 24 webinar on the subject of value capture, a potential funding source for new or existing transit systems is now available for download, along with slides from the presentation. UTC Transportation Planner/Analyst Jordan Snow led the discussion and shared insight from recently completed UTC research. The webinar was produced by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) as part of its bi-monthly series.
Registration Open for GLXS 2014 Symposium
GLXS 2014 is the principal international conference bringing together engineering, safety, security, human factors, practitioners, academics and researchers from the global highway, rail, law enforcement, research and regulatory communities. The symposium will be held August 3-8 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UTC researcher Dr. Paul Metaxatos will present findings from their study on grade crossing safety. Registration is open.
Download Webinar of Ped/Bike Safety UTC Research
On June 12, Faculty researchers Dr. P.S. Sriraj and Dr. Paul Metaxatos led a webinar hosted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) on pedestrian/cyclist safety at railroad grade crossings. Revisit the webinar and download the presentation and complete report. The recording has also been approved by the American Planning Association for AICP-CM credit. All of the links for the recording and how to claim the CM credit for viewing the recorded version are found on this page.
LiveCAM: Circle Interchange Reconstruction
Keep track of progress on the Circle Interchange reconstruction by visiting the live camera feed hosted by the UTC with cooperation from IDOT. This view is of the Peoria Street pedestrian overpass, which is being rebuilt to include landscaping and a dedicated bike lane. Work began in early June on this pathway that offers assess to the CTA UIC-Halsted Blue Line station. Pedestrian access is expected to be restored in early 2015. CTA Blue Line riders now must use the Halsted or Morgan street entrances for CTA rapid transit service access. Read more about the UTC live camera.
What's Happening at the UTC: Read the Latest Issue of the Connetor
The Summer 2104 issue of the UTC Connector newsletter provides insight on participation by faculty, staff and students at the 2014 Transport Chicago symposium, a rundown of some recent research in progress, a recap on transportation events we hosted and more.
UTC Executive Director Comments on Local, National Transportation Issues
• The announcement regarding the shutdown of lanes on the Kennedy Expressway in June for bridge demolition prompted Fox Chicago 32 news to get Steve's opinion on the potential for traffic backups. View a live interview Steve conducted on Friday June 13.
• The proposed Iliana Tollway is on of the biggest transportation strories to surface in a long time. In this Associated Press story, Steve is quoted regarding the funding and financing costs for the new, 47-mile roadway.
• In the May 21 issue of the UIC News, the campus newspaper at UIC, Steve is featured in a Profile article on page 2. Read the article and you'll learn that he began his transportation career in a very hands-on way: As a bus driver at Georgetown University.
• The Regional Transportation Authority has plans to approve $5 million for an advertising campaign designed to reach non-traditional riders. In this May 20 report from the Daily Herald, Steve offers some thoughts on the proposal.
• The Task Force studying how to improve mass transit in metropolitan Chicago recommended creation of a single agency. In an April 1 report from the Chicago Tribune, Steve projected that the Illinois General Assembly would take some time before considering any proposed legislation that would establish one agency to oversee the RTA, CTA, Pace and Metra.
• As a guest speaker during the Hay Seminar presentation held by Railtec at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Steve delivered a presentation on: “An Overview of the Funding and Finance of Transportation Projects." Visit this link to listen to the March 14 presentation and view Steve's slide presentation.
• In the ongoing discussion by a state Task Force regarding future governing plans for Chicago's transit agencies, Steve told the Chicago Sun-Times in this March 17 report that he prefers the "super agency" model favored by many other big-city transportation agencies.
• Steve offered perspectives on ride sharing services in Chicago during this taping of the WYCC "In The Loop" public affairs program. Steve was interviewed by host Chris Bury on this growing transportation service and its impact on the taxi industry.
• In the March 13 issue of the Chicago Tribune, Steve was quoted in an article that reported on preliminary recommendations from a task force studying reform of the Chicago region's public transit system.
Fox News in February: Steve appeared on three separate television news reports in late February and discussed several transportation issues relevant to metropolitan Chicago and the nation. All appearances were aired by Chicago Fox Television news. Here's a breakdown of Steve's commentary.
• The announcement by President Obama of plans for $300 billion in federal dollars for transportation projects led to a February 27 Good Day Chicago interview, where Steve shared thoughts on the President's national transportation plan and regional issues like the increase in the number of potholes during this challenging winter.
• On February 24, Steve was interviewed for a report regarding merging the Chicago area's four transit agencies-- the CTA, Metra, Pace and the RTA -- into a single authority.
• During an afternoon live interview February 18 Steve responded to Chicago transportation questions that included: Metra operating performance this winter, potholes and road issues caused by the cold and snow, and the proposal to expand two miles of the Kennedy Expressway just south of O'Hare airport.
Video Now Available of December Panel Discussion on Future of the Chicago RTA
On December 3, the UTC was proud to be a co-sponsor with our friends at the Great Cities Institute at UIC in a discussion titles, "The Future of the RTA and Regional Transportation Planning in the Chicago Metro Region." Five transportation experts, including UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman, participated in a lively give-and-take on the state of our transportation network. The discussion was moderat by GCI Director Teresa Córdova. Click here to connect to a video report of the discussion. And, click here to read Mr. Schlickman's letter to the co-chairs of the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force recommending creation of one regional Chicago transit authority.
The CN and UIC/UTC Partnership: Three Year Summary Report
In May of this year, the Urban Transportation Center completed projects tied to a very productive and exciting three-year CN-sponsored funding program called the CN Stronger Communities Fund. The CN-sponsored program provided $300,000 in funding that allowed us to do the following:g:
Convene transportation decision makers for a day-long multimodal transportation systems conference.
Offer fellowships to students within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs that let them conduct specialized research.
And, provide matching dollar-for-dollar research support to launch four new freight rail-focused studies.
Click here for more details on how the CN Stronger Communities Fund benefitted the UTC, its faculty and student researchers and the transportation industry. And, read Steve Schlickman's thoughts in the Fall 2013 issue of the Connector newsletter.
High-Speed Rail (HSR) Preliminary Feasibilty Study Released, Next Step to 220 mph Service
The final report of a feasibilty study for building a high-speed rail (HSR) passenger network connecting Chicago with Urbana/Champaign, St. Louis and even Indianapolis recently was released by the University of Illinois. Researchers from the Urban Transportation Center at UIC and Urbana/Champaign campus collaborated on the HSR study, which was commissioned by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Click here for the Executive Summary, or click here for the Executive Report.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's 2012 UIC Interview
Former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was interviewed by UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman during the annual UIC Urban Forum, held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum Building. LaHood was the keynote speaker at the forum.
The interview event featuring LaHood and Schlickman was titled “MAP-21
and What’s Next for Urban Transportation Funding: A Conversation with
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Among conversation topics,
LaHood discussed the transportation funding issues that are impacting
the economies and social networks of metropolitan regions today.
The Urban Transportation Center at UIC in the News
• The announcement by President Obama of plans for $300 billion in federal dollars for transportation projects led to a February 27 Good Day Chicago interview, where Steve shared thoughts on the President's national transportation planand regional issues like the increase in potholes during this challenging winter.
• On February 24, Steve Schlickman was interviewed by Fox 32 Chicago TV for a report regarding merging the Chicago area's four transit agencies-- the CTA, Metra, Pace and the RTA -- into a single authority.
• During an afternoon live interview February 18, UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman responded to Chicago transportation questions on Fox 32 Chicago TV. Questions included: Metra operating performance this winter, potholes and road issues caused by the cold and snow, and the proposal to expand two miles of the Kennedy Expressway just south of O'Hare airport.
• Local media continued to seek insight from Executive Director Steve Schlickman regarding the challenges faced at Metra. Here Steve was quoted on the search for a permanent Metra chair in an article from the January 30 Chicago Tribune. And, Steve was among the undersigned in a January 28 letter to the Chicago Sun-Times that supported the proposed Ashland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit system.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman offered insight into the prospect of an audit of Metra in an editorial that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman was quoted in two articles published in the Daily Herald. On December 16, he was asked to comment on the growth in the number of severance agreements at the RTA, and on December 18, his thoughts were included in a piece on the RTA's appointment of a new interim Executive Director.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman sent a letter recommending creation of one regional Chicago transit authority to the co-chairs of the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force.
• Havan Surat, Research Transportation Planner/Analyst, had an article on the value of 3-D spatial analytics and modeling published in Arc News, an online and print publication of ESRI, a leader in the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman provided commentary on the proposed Ashland Ave. Bus Rapid Transit service during a news segment aired September 17 on WLS-TV News Channel 7.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman offered insight on the RTA and Metra controversies as a panelist on the WTTW Channel 11 August 6 edition of "Chicago Tonight."
• Siim Soot, professor emeritus and researcher, was quoted in a WLS Channel 7 report on bicycle safety and mounting cameras on handlebars to capture footage of accidents.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman was mentioned by CBS 2 on June 27 as being a supporter of the plan for reconstruction of the Circle Interchange.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman is quoted in a June 26 Daily Herald article on the possibility of the Regional Transportation Authority intervening to limit the cost of the severance agreement between Metra and its CEO, Alex Clifford..
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman appeared as a panelist on WTTW 11's "Chicago Tonight" on June 24, discussing the severance agreement between Metra and its CEO, Alex Clifford. Schlickman is the former director of the Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees Metra, Pace, and the CTA.
• Executive Director Steve Schlickman is quoted in a June 24 Chicago Tribune article on the lack of transparency surrounding Metra's severance agreement with its former CEO, Alex Clifford. The article follows a June 23 story, in which Schlickman is also quoted, on whether Clifford should be a transportation professional or politician.
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