Research Project

Integration of Transportation for Improved Mobility

Integrating transit modes could improve mobility in Northeastern Illinois

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.

Principal Investigator
Sriraj, P.S.
Research Area(s)
Data Development
Policy Analysis
Metaxatos, Paul; Rueter, Jake; Barnum, Adam; Bernal, Margarita
Funding Source
Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI), Center for Transportation Research (CUTR)


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. Download the "Integration of Transportation for Improved Mobility" study.