Increasing Mobility Through Enhanced Transit Connectivity

Map imageThe Chicago metropolitan area has one of the most extensive public transit systems in the United States, yet there are many places in the region where people do not have convenient access to transit service. Current transit funding is not even adequate to maintain the existing system, much less expand transit to all of the areas that are underserved. To address the deficiencies, this paper identifies practical ways to give more travel options to people in areas that are underserved by transit, including people who are unable to own or rent a car or have physical limitations that prevent them from driving.

Although limited funding is a major challenge, it can also stimulate creative approaches to enhance mobility without major capital investments. This paper identifies innovative uses of technology, partnerships, tailored services, policies and organizational steps that might be practically applied to enable more people to move about easily and efficiently without needing to own a car. It considers methods of connecting and improving transit that have been successful in other places, and ways to make the most of new and emerging technology-enabled services. It proposes policies and actions to broaden the role of transit organizations to be mobility agencies and create an integrated network of mobility services.

Principal Investigator(s):

James C. LaBelle

Participants:

James C. LaBelle

Sheena F. Frève

Status:

08/15/2016

Objective:

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.

Expected Results or Products:

  1. An overview of transit challenges in the Chicago area.
  2. A review of the changing world of transit in the region, including several public transit innovations, emerging technology, explosive growth of rideshare services and the possible impact of autonomous vehicles.
  3. Good ideas from other places that could expand mobility and fill gaps in transit service if implemented in the Chicago area.
  4. Several policies and actions that could help achieve mobility for all.

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Contact:

James C. LaBelle
Urban Transportation Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607
Mobile: (312) 259-7454
Email: jlabelle@uic.edu  or  jimlabelle51@gmail.com

 

Dr. P.S. Sriraj
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340”
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312.413.7568
Email: sriraj@uic.edu 

Edward Bury
University of Illinois at Chicago
412 South Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-413-1967
Email: ebury@uic.edu

 

 

Sponsors:

Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

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