About

The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is a research unit dedicated to innovative transportation research and education that provides technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations, finance and management. Part of the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the UTC is a nationally-recognized innovator in research, education and engagement that benefits transportation networks in cities and metropolitan areas across America.UTCloc3_2012 compressed

The UTC was established as a campus unit in 1979. During the past 37 years, the unit has been an acknowledged leader in research that provides practical solutions to today’s transportation challenges. Research is concentrated in these four core clusters:

  • Transit planning, operations and management
  • Transportation funding and financing
  • Freight planning, operations and management
  • Data development for transportation planning and analysis

Researchers also have proven experience in intelligent transportation systems (ITS), asset management, transportation, land use, and the environment, paratransit, and human services transportation.

The UTC also participates in two U.S. DOT national transportation research consortia:
1) National Center for Transit Research (NCTR)
2) National University Rail Center (NURail)

And, the UTC is a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).

The UTC research staff is comprised of nine transportation research experts – including three Ph.D. researchers — and is supported by 15 UIC affiliated faculty from other colleges and departments. Each professional brings a broad range of transportation experience and specialized skills to every research project. The UTC is rounded out by a support staff of seven professionals.

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