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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:
Click here for more details on how the CN Stronger Communities Fund benefitted the UTC, its faculty and student researchers and the transportation industry.
CUPPA Students Encouraged to Enter Competition for Krambles Scholarship
The George Krambles Transportation Scholarship is open to any Ph.D or Master’s degree candidate student within the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs who is studying transportation, or a Graduate Research Assistant at the Urban Transportation Center during the Fall 2013 semester. The UTC can award one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships through the Krambles program. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, December 9. Click here for the full details
UTC Researchers Lead Transportation Breakout Sessions at 2013 Rail Summit
UTC faculty researchers will led provocative Breakout Sessions October 25 at The Rail Summit 2013, a railroad forum for railroad leaders from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin held at the Union League Club of Chicago. The focus of the Summit was on the economic importance of short line railroads. Dr. Ning Ai delivered a presentation on the Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastrucure in Illinois and Dr. Paul Metaxatos addressed Pedestrian and Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings. Both presentations are based on research completed by the UTC earlier this year. The sessions were moderated by UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman.
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.
UTC Research on Pedestrian/Cyclist Behavior at RR Grade Crossings Nets Tribune Article
Recent UTC research on actions by pedestrians and bicyclists at railroad grade crossings was featured in the Monday, September 23 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch analyzed the report, "Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings," for an article in his "Getting Around" column. Click here to read the Tribune article. Or, get access to the complete UTC research report from this link. Principal investigators were Dr. P.S. Sriraj and Dr. Paul Metaxatos.
Just Published: Read Latest UTC News in Latest Connector Newsletter
Get up-to-date insight on what's been happening at the Urban Transportation Center at UIC by reading the latest issue of Connector, our unit newsletter. The 2012-2013 Review issue has just been published with news on current research, visits by leading transportation industry leaders, new staff announcements, alumni information and more. Click here to read the latest issue.
Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)
The Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative, or METSI, is an ongoing program created in September 1999 with a grant from Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). METSI continues to provide UTC with funding for research, and is crucial to both the breadth and depth of research topics that UTC faculty, staff and students undertake. These topics include Transportation Planning, Land Use and Economic Impact of Transportation, Operations, Management and Finance, and Traffic Engineering.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's 2012 UIC Interview