Archived UTC Seminar Series and CUTC Webinars
UTC Seminar Series
The UTC Fall 2021 Seminar Series featured presentations by leaders from Chicago area transportation service bureaus and the Regional Transportation Authority. All events were held on Zoom. Visit the items below to access recordings and PowerPoint presentations:
October 21: “An Opportunity to Build Back Better.” Featured speaker was Rocky Donahue, Executive Director of Pace Suburban Bus. Mr. Donahue addressed the impact of COVID-10 on operations, the new Driving Innovation strategic plan, ongoing capital improvements and the climate crisis. Visit this link to reach a Box folder to download the video and audio recordings, and the PowerPoint presentation. On November 1, Streetsblog published a news story written by Igor Studenkov on the webinar.
November 11: A panel organized by the Regional Transportation Authority discussed the outlook for public transit during “Emerging From Crisis Wiser: Reimagining Regional Transit.” RTA Executive Director Leanne Redden opened the webinar, and participants were asked to complete a survey, which will help the RTA prepare the 2023 Regional Transportation Strategic Plan.
Speakers from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Lake County Partners and Transit Center shared their observations and priorities for improving the viability and sustainability of the region’s public transit system over the short term and into the next generation. View a YouTube video of the discussion. Participate in the RTA’s Strategic Planning Public Survey.
December 9: The final presentation of the semester, “COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Metra Operations,” featured Christopher M. Krakar, Chief Engineering Officer from Metra. He discussed how the suburban rail system has managed in the months since the pandemic outbreak and what’s ahead for passengers. Visit this link to download the video and audio recordings, and the PowerPoint presentation.
In Spring of 2021, the UTC hosted three Seminar Series webinars featuring representatives from the state, county and regional governments. Access recordings and PowerPoint presentations.
Please click on the links below to learn about webinars led by UTC faculty and staff researchers in 2014 and 2015. These hour-long, no-cost transportation presentations are hosted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.
Incentivizing Off-Peak Delivery (OPD) of Freight
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon Central time, Thursday October 15. Participants will learn about an OPD pilot project under development in metropolitan Chicago from a UTC research program funded by the National University Rail Center (NURail). Presenter: James C. LaBelle, UTC Senior Research Specialist, Urban Transportation Center.
Visit this page to listen to a broadcast of the October 15 webcast (scroll down to Recording section) and download the PowerPoint presentation and a copy of the OPD report, “Off-Peak Delivery: A Pilot Project for the Chicago Region.” Want more? Click here to view an abstract.
Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Rail Corridors: A Focus on the U.S. Context
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon Central time, Thursday October 29. Participants will learn about completed UTC research that led to development of a hypergraph based, two-level model that may help minimize the impact of delays resulting from shared passenger and freight rail corridors. The research was funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI). Presenter: Dr. Bo Zou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and an affiliated faculty member of the Urban Transportation Center.
Visit this page to listen to a broadcast of the October 29 webcast (scroll down to Recording section) and download the PowerPoint presentation and a copy of the Shared Use Rail report, “Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Rail Corridors: A Focus on the U.S. Context.” Want more? Click here to view an abstract.
Pedestrian/Bicyclist Warning Devices and Signs at Highway-Rail and Pathway-Rail Grade Crossings
On June 12, 2014 Dr. P.S. Sriraj and Dr. Paul Metaxatos led a webinar on completed research involving pedestrian and cyclist safety at railroad grade crossings. Learn more and download a recorded version of the webinar.
Value Capture Coordination: Best Practices and Case Studies for Transit Capital Projects
UTC Research Transportation Planner/Analyst Jordan Snow led a webinar July 24, 2014 on the subject of value capture, a process that can be used to help fund new transit systems, expand existing ones and modernize stations and terminals. Learn more and download a recorded version of the webinar.
Sustainability Metrics and Mapping Tool for Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois
This webinar will present a comprehensive mapping tool for environmental impact assessment of rail infrastructure in Illinois. The presentation was delivered December 11, 2014 by Dr. Ning Ai. Learn more and download a recorded version of the webinar.