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UTC Spring 2024 Seminar Series

The outlook for paratransit services will be the focus of UTC Seminar Series online presentations during the spring 2024 semester. Here are some details:

February 22: The debut UTC Seminar Series presentation for Spring 2024 focused on a wide range of issues and developments involving paratransit services across metropolitan Chicago.  Speakers from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) tackled funding, right-of-way challenges, reduced fare programs, ADA paratransit eligibility and more.  We recorded the presentation, “The Outlook for Paratransit Across Metropolitan Chicago in 2024.”  Visit this link to access a Box folder with the zoom recording, audio only recording, Chat comments, and three presentations.

March 21: Plans are still being finalized, but watch for news regarding a discussion featuring representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation and Pace Suburban Bus.

April 11: The final talk will feature Dr. Mahtot Gebresselassie, Assistant Professor at York University in Toronto.  The focus will be on a recent study, “Wheelchair Users’ Perspective on Transportation Service Hailed Through Uber and Lyft Apps.”

UTC Fall 2023 Seminar Series

For fall 2023, the UTC Seminar Series centered on the growing microtransit shared transportation networks nationwide and across metropolitan Chicago.

These online presentations were held via Zoom. Our sincere thanks to the transportation professionals who shared knowledge and insight, and to those who registered and participated in these hour-long conversations.  Watch this space for news early in 2024 on Seminar Series events for the Spring semester.

September 21: “New Developments in Microtransit,” with Natalie Covill-Fontaine of the Federal Transit Administration and Rudy Faust of the Shared Use Mobility Center.  Download the zoom AV, audio only, Chat and PowerPoint decks. 

October 19: “Connecting Cook County: An Overview of Cook County’s Support for Microtransit and Multimodal Initiatives,” with Curtis Witek and Benet Haller of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, and Joe Ronovsky from the Village of Bedford Park. Download the zoom AV, audio only and PowerPoint deck.

November 16: “Connecting Riders: Pace Contracts with Rideshare Services to Strengthen First/Last-Mile Connections,” with Steven Andrews, Pace Suburban Bus Community Relations Manager.  Download the zoom AV, audio only, Chat and PowerPoint deck.


UTC Spring 2023 Seminar Series

February 16: “The Evolution of Microtransit in the United States.”

The debut UTC Spring 2023 Seminar Series presentation February 16 featured two speakers from Via Transportation, Inc. who shared thoughts regarding how on-demand and transit has evolved over the past decade to play a part in urban, suburban, and rural transit systems nationwide. Download the video, audio only, Chat messages and PowerPoint presentation.

March 16: “Reimagining Regional Mobility for a Post-pandemic World.

For nearly two years, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) worked collaboratively with transportation leaders and advocates to develop a visionary strategy that can support an equitable post-pandemic recovery, sustain the transit network, and ease a rebound in congestion. Daniel Comeaux, a senior policy analyst for CMAP who led the Mobility Recovery initiative, shared behind-the-scenes insights about the project and what lessons the region can use to ensure this visionary strategy becomes reality.  Download the video, audio only, Chat messages and PowerPoint presentation.

April 13:  “Lessons from a Bike Advocate: The Impact of Local Advocacy on the Community and a Career.”

Positive change at the community level is the guiding principle for local advocates. Advocacy can sometimes be exhausting work, but the improvements that result are often well worth the time and energy – for the community and on a personal level.  Our featured speaker was Dave Simmons, Executive Director of Ride Illinois.  In his presentation, Dave shared insights on how his long-time passion for cycling led to a career change and local advocacy. Download the video, audio only, Chat messages and PowerPoint presentation.

Visit the Webinars page to access recordings from Seminar Series presentations in 2021 and 2022.


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