Apr 15 2021

Mobility Recovery: Rethinking Mobility in a Post-COVID Chicago Region

UTC Spring 2021 Seminar Series

April 15, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Re-imagination of Chicago's regional  transportation


Virtual Event


Chicago, IL 60612

CMAP presentation on mobility

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous challenges for the transportation system in the Chicago region. The funding streams that support capital investments and operations took significant hits as gas and retail buying declined. For example, sales tax revenues supporting the RTA fell by more than a quarter in April 2020 vs. April 2019. The transit system lost more than 80 percent of its riders at the peak of the crisis. While auto travel also declined substantially, it has rebounded more quickly than other modes. This, as well as the possibility of more sustained changes to resident and business preferences, has led to concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could increase the region’s reliance on auto travel, especially single-occupant trips.

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In response to these challenges and others, the City of Chicago convened a COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. The Task Force recommended continuation of recovery efforts in three areas, including “re-imagining Chicago’s regional transit system.”

This final UTC Spring 2021 Seminar Series presentation will be led by Laura Wilkison,  Deputy Executive Director of Plan Implementation and Legislative Affairs  at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). She brings more than two decades of experience in legislative strategy, policy development, and coalition building to advance the region’s plan and other CMAP priorities.




Edward Bury

Date posted

Feb 15, 2021

Date updated

Apr 15, 2021


Laura Wilkison | Deputy Executive Director of Plan Implementation and Legislative Affairs | Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)