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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 Morgan Street bridge, which is scheduled to be elevated as one of the first major components of the four-year project. This view is limited to 20 viewers at a time. Please check back later if you don't see the live action.
UTC Named Sub-Contractor on South Shore Extension Project
The Urban Transportation Center recently was named to be a sub-contractor on a team that will prepare an environmental impact study (EIS) for the planned extension of the South Shore commuter rail line, which serves Northwest Indiana. UTC researchers will work with AECOM, a global provider of architecture, design, engineering, and construction services. The decision to launch the EIS was announced March 28 by Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICYD), operator of the South Shore line. This news article provides more details.
UTC Executive Director Comments on Local, National Transportation Issues
• 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.
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.
Registration Now Open for Transport Chicago 2014 Conference at UIC
Registration is now open for the 29th Annual Transport Chicago conference June 6 at the UIC Student Center East. Early-bird registration runs through May 23, so register today and save. More than 200 transportation professionals from Chicago and beyond are expected to attend. Transportation companies and suppliers can still take advantage of great sponsorship opportunities. And, two tremendous featured speakers have been secured: Chris Wood, EVP at Dragados USA, and Finlay Graham, Director of Aviation at Ricondo & Associates.
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:
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.
Read the Fall 2013 Issue of the UTC Connector Newsletter
Download the latest issue of the Urban Transportaion Center newsletter. You'll learn about participation by UTC researchers at a symposium held at UIC and a railroad freight industry forum, get insight into 3-D spatial analytics and modeling, get a recap on the many events hosted this fall and much more.
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.
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