Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)
The purpose of this report is to examine the transportation costs of sprawling places in the context of the housing-transportation cost trade-off. The line of reasoning within this study stems from the housing-transportation trade-off. The proposition is that households have a portion of their budget that they allocate to the sum of housing and transportation costs.
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
The purpose of this study is to conduct a study to assemble a directory of human services transportation providers that will be useful to a wide range of potential users that are interested in the general welfare of individuals whose lives are dependent upon publicly-funded or organized transportation services. The objectives of this study are congruent with the National Resource Center created by SAFETEA-LU legislation, which aimed to better coordinate the large variety of human services transportation agencies currently operating in an effort to make transportation service more cost-effective.
The research for this paper has been guided by this goal: everyone in the Chicago area should have integrated, ubiquitous and affordable mobility options, while public and private resources are used efficiently and effectively toward that end.
Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor’s Discovery Fund for Multidisciplinary Research
The aim of this empirical study is to provide policy insights into integrating EV infrastructure development with transit systems. While the existing EV charging structure has often been driven by the private sector to facilitate EV adoption, this study promotes transit uses and EV adoption at the same time. With a focus on multi-modal trips, this study explores opportunities related to underutilized parking spots that are suitable for both EV charging and transit connections, either on site or in proximity to transit stations.
Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI), Center for Transportation Research (CUTR)
The objective of this study was to examine ways in which integrating transportation modes may improve mobility in the region. The study is needed due to the high levels of congestion on roadways in northeastern Illinois.
Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI), Regional Transportation Authority
The research team collaborated with the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Committee to conduct a transit needs assessment of elderly and disabled residents and inventory of existing services in order to identify gaps in service and opportunities for coordination.
The outcome of this project will help IDOT gain much-needed knowledge of and develop programs to improve Illinois Maritime Transportation System performance, increase multimodal transportation network capacity, and expand the transportation and logistics sector of the state, which ultimately benefit the people and economy of Illinois. A first-of-its-kind PM database for IMTS was designed and developed, along with a detailed user manual, ready for IDOT’s immediate use and future updates.
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)
Assist McHenry County staff and consultant to investigate the non-automobile needs of McHenry County residents and workers. This entails the following:
1. Overcome existing mobility barriers.
2. Connect to the regional transit network.
3. Improve options for accessing jobs.
National Center for Mobility Management, Federal Transit Administration
It was the objective of this report to shed light on these mobility management networks at the state level with the help of an electronic survey of state mobility managers and affiliated stakeholders. The survey was sent to 49 transportation professionals, each representing a different state. A key finding: Strong political backing is necessary as evidenced by the fact that most networks were brought into existence with legislative action, with the network being led by the respective state DOTs.
The study reveals how some alternative modes’ travel information are limited or unavailable in the traditional travel time skim matrix, which must be taken in to account in our mode choice models. Also, statistics regarding available alternatives and the constraints people encounter when making a choice are presented and considered accordingly. In order to examine the importance of accurate alternative information for mode choice modeling, two mode choice models were then developed for comparison
This report provides a descriptive summary and assessment of aggregate survey responses. Findings are presented in four parts: recent experience with extreme weather; perception of weather and climatic risks; assessment of organizational priority, capacity and challenge of managing extreme weather; organizational responses and adaptation to extreme weather events.
The main goal of the land-use study is to provide a regional framework for transit-oriented development and planning in the Outer Circumferential Study (OCS) area while promoting development at the proposed station areas that support optimal ridership for the OCS.
Cook County’s fatality rate per population was only exceeded by three other counties Williamson, Kankakee and Effingham. In suburban Chicago, McHenry and DuPage had fatality rates less than one-third of the rate in Cook County. On a national scale, DuPage has the second lowest rate among counties with over half a million people. When the degree of walking is considered Cook County falls within the middle of the Chicago-area counties. The lowest rates are in DuPage and Will Counties and the highest are in Kane and Will Counties.
Bogota has an extensive bus rapid transit system (BRT) called TransMilenio, which serves many areas of the city on exclusive bus-only lanes. The system is composed of over 1,000 articulated buses operating on eight different routes.
IDOT/METSI and Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
This study focuses on creating a hypothetical public transportation option to reaching a leisure destination in a large metro area to highlight the adequacy of the existing transit network in catering to the needs of disadvantaged population groups.
Using traffic simulation software, FREQ12 and VISSIM, the study will address the potential of ramp metering and the combination of ramp metering with parallel HOV by-pass lanes and associated support strategies. The study will be conducted for both inbound and outbound traffic flows for both the AM and PM peak periods.