Integration of Transportation for Improved Mobility

Mobility management and improvement have become the focal point of the federal, state, and local transportation agencies over the last decade.  Even with decreasing vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) over the same time span, the congestion and delays have not improved, leading to a renewed focus on multimodal solutions at all levels.

While multimodalism has been part of the transportation vocabulary for a long time — and has been aided by legislation to some extent — it has not been embraced into practice at a large scale.  Advances in technology (autonomous vehicles, ridesharing services, transportation network companies, improved dynamic wayfinding systems, and improved infrastructure) are providing the paradigm shift needed to look at mobility management in a renewed light.

The Greater Chicagoland Northeastern Illinois region is no different from many of the most congested regions in the country, in the sense that the vehicle hours of delay for both passenger and freight are among the highest in the country on an annual basis.

Principal Investigator(s):

P.S. Sriraj, PhD
Paul Metaxatos, PhD


P.S. Sriraj, PhD
Paul Metaxatos, PhD
Jake Rueter, MUPP
Adam Barnum, MUPP
Margarita Bernal, MUPP




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.


This report draws on the experiences from other parts of the country to set the stage for detailing the state of multimodal transportation or integrated transportation system in northeastern Illinois.

Expected Results or Products:

This report first examined integration efforts around the country to gain a broad view of the variety of methods being implemented and an in-depth understanding of some example projects. Researchers also examined federal and state legislation pertaining to integration provides a starting point from which the region can implement integration techniques. And the report also discusses local integration efforts that are currently being implemented.

One of the most important issues brought to the fore in this study is that integration of transportation can be categorized into at least four types (1) functional, (2) planning, (3) social, and (4) policy integration.

The case studies of integration/mobility seem to indicate a consistent thread of the state DOT or the local MPO spearheading the effort in developing a strategic plan to further integration efforts in their jurisdiction.


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P.S. Sriraj
Urban Transportation Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Chicago, IL 60607
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