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Transportation evolves to respond to the development of new networks and modes, enhanced technology and improvements in safety, ongoing demands for funding and financing and many other factors. Since its inception, the Urban Transportation Center has been a source for Chicago-area, regional and national media on a broad range of developments in transportation. Below access recent news reports featuring UTC research faculty and news stories produced by the Center on completed studies.

2021 Stories


2020 Stories

UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj Quoted by City Monitor and Time Out Chicago
City Monitor and Time Out Chicago | December, 2020

Even With Stimulus, US Mass Transit faces a Death Spiral
City Monitor, an online outlet covering urban policy, quotes Dr. Sriraj in a report on the challenges public transit agencies are facing now and potentially in the future, even with stimulus funding from Congress. Read the report published December 21 from Jake Blumgart.

What's the Future of Public Transit in Chicago
In a Time Out Chicago article on the post-pandemic future of transit in Chicago, Dr. Sriraj says transit agencies need to think beyond buses and trains to meet transit needs and consider alternative mobility options. Read the report from December 21 written by Emma Krupp.

Pandemic May Lead to Drastic Cuts in Public Transit
Sinclair Broadcast Group | December 2020

Transit agencies across the nation will have challenges maintaining a basic operating schedule in the near future unless Congress offers financial support. UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj offered that comment in an article just published by the Sinclair Broadcast Group on the impact of the pandemic on public transit.The report by Stephen Loiaconi also provides insight from transit agency leaders, the American Public Transportation Association, and other transportation leaders. Read the report.

New York and the Crisis in Mass Transit
Financial Times | November 19, 2020

The outlook for public transit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is uncertain. In a Financial Times article re-published in the Los Angeles Times November 19, UTC Director Dr. Ps Sriraj offers commentary. The article, written by Gregory Meyer, centers on ridership declines and funding challenges facing the New York, New Jersey and metropolitan Chicago public transit systems.  RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden is also quoted, and statistics from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) are included.
Channel 2 News Report on Crime Since Pandemic
Channel 2 News | October 14, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in steep declines in ridership on public transit across Chicago. On October 12, UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj  contributed to a CBS Channel 2 News report by investigative reporter Megan Hickey regarding the decline in crime on Chicago Transit Authority  trains and buses. The report aired during the 5 p.m. newscast. Visit this link to view the segment.


On September 25, digital news source Streetsblog Chicago published a report on the UTC Seminar Series webinar presentation, "Changes in Mobility Options and Patterns in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic." Reporter Cameron Bolton chronicled the discussion held September 17 and incorporated presentation slides into the report.Read the article, "CMAP, ATA, and CDOT discuss pandemic transportation challenges, and the way forward."


Chicago Population Declines, But Traffic Is Up: What Gives?
WBBM News Radio | March 3, 2020

Siim Sööt, former director of the UTC, discusses a white paper he co-authored with P.S. Sriraj that seeks to understand the influence of the current economy on traffic patterns.


Project Delays Cause More Backups, Frustration on Jane Byrne Interchange
WTTW - Chicago Tonight | February 11, 2020

Phil Ponce interviews UTC Director P.S. Sriraj; Eric Ray, senior resident engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation; and Mary Wisniewski, transportation reporter for the Chicago Tribune, about the challenges facing the Jane Byrne Interchange project.


Byrne Circle Reconstruction
Chicago Tribune | February 9, 2020

The massive reconstruction of the Byrne Circle Interchange will cost significantly more than originally projected. In a report published in the February 9 edition of the Chicago Tribune, UTC Director Dr. P.S. Sriraj shares insight why its challenging to estimate costs of major highway projects.


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