UTC 2016 Seminar Series

Special Presentation From CMAP’s Joseph Szabo

The Urban Transportation Center hosted a special noon-time presentation from metropolitan Chicago planning leader Joseph Szabo. A second presentation by CMAP Outreach Principal Jane Grover let participants “vote” on critical issues facing Northeastern Illinois.

December 1, 2016 — Noon to 1 p.m.
Speaker
: Joseph Szabo, Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Topic: The Power of a Unified Region, ON TO 2050 and Increasing Mobility
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Biography: Read Mr. Szabo’s biography.
Download: Download the Presentation by Mr. Szabo.  Download: Download the Presentation by Ms. Grover. Watch:  A video of “The Power of a Unified Region” presentation.

Fall 2016 UTC Seminar Series

For the Fall, the Urban Transportation Center partnered with Sam Schwartz Consulting to host four afternoon presentations on a transportation topic that’s becoming increasingly vital in modern society today.

Final UTC PosterThe series, “Exploring Urban Mobility: Navigating the Road Ahead,” will address poignant issues through current studies and practices.

September 29, 2016 — Noon to 1 p.m.
UTC Fall Seminar Series
Speaker: Joe Iacobucci, Director of Transit for Sam Schwartz Consulting
Topic: Policy Impact: Shared Mobility and Public, Private and Providers
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Abstract: Managing the adoption and integration of new and emerging mobility innovations to achieve a successful new transportation paradigm is a defining issue of our time. Cities must create forward- thinking and forward-doing comprehensive shared mobility plans and to ensure these transportation options are integrated to create a mobility network that is efficient, equitable, and sustainable.

The mobility industry (ridesource, rideshare, carshare, taxicabs, for-hire vehicles, bikeshare, and microtransit) and the services it provides are essential to economic vitality, and both the industry and services it provides must remain robust and reliable. Developing a long-term policy strategy for urban regions provides an opportunity to determine the mass mobility and transportation outcomes and to stay ahead of the curve of private-sector innovation by proactively developing the means and mechanisms to shape the future.

The session will focus on the development of several plans and identify major considerations for cities and transit agencies to consider.

joe-iocabucci-three-compressedOctober 13, 2016 — Noon to 1 p.m.
UTC Fall Seminar Series
Speaker: Joe Iacobucci, Director of Transit for Sam Schwartz Consulting
Topic:  Mobility as a Service: Integrating Modes and Autonomous Vehicles
Abstract: Managing the adoption and integration of new and emerging mobility innovations to achieve a successful new transportation paradigm is the defining issue of our time. Historically, the size and structure of cities has been dictated by transportation. Driverless technology has the potential to transform transportation and affect where people choose to live, work, and play.  This session will describe how autonomous vehicles will dramatically change mobility, access, and land use. The session will cover potential outcomes of a driverless world and identify key policy considerations featuring transportation and land-use policy implications to ensure these transportation options are integrated to manage new growth and create a mobility network that is equitable.
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago

October 27, 2016 — Noon to 1 p.m.seminar-series-tale-of-3-cities
UTC Fall Seminar Series
Speaker: Mark de la Vergne, Principal for Sam Schwartz Consulting
Topic: Tale of Three Cities: Mobility Strategies in Grand Rapids, Pittsburgh and Boise
Abstract: In an era where daily changes in behavior, technology, and funding are creating transportation disruption, may cities are offering a forward-looking, yet pragmatic, approach to sustainable mobility with unparalleled technical and problem-solving expertise. City leaders increasingly aspire to re-envision their streets as places for more than just automobiles.

These three cities are excellent examples of these principles.

  • Boise, ID:  The Boise Transportation Action Plan will enable this medium-sized, fast-growing city to realize its vision of a transportation system that provides mobility choices, creates economic connections, enhances social equity and encourages healthy lifestyles.
  • Grand Rapids, MI:  Grand Rapids is a rapidly growing urban center and future success of Downtown will be supported by providing more transportation choices and integrating technology with these choices.
  • Uptown Eco-Innovation District, Pittsburgh, PA:  The Uptown and West Oakland neighborhoods present many challenges but also unique opportunities.  Long overlooked, the area is a convenient pass-through, shuffling a lot of traffic to both Oakland and Downtown.

Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Download: Download the Tale of Three Cities Handout.

bill-and-tim-of-tmaNovember 17 — Noon to 1 p.m.
UTC Fall Seminar Series
Speakers: Bill Baltutis and Tim Grzesiakowski, TMA of Lake-Cook
Topic: Shuttle Bug: Linking Workers to Public Transportation in Lake County
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Download: TMA of Lake Cook Presentation.  Watch: The “TMA Shuttle Bug” video.

Watch for details on speakers. All UTC Seminar Series events are free and open to interested parties.

Spring 2016 UTC Seminar Series

February 18 — Noon to 1:00 p.m.TOD 2 compressed
UTC Spring Seminar Series
Speaker: Yonah Freemark, Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council
Topic: Equitable Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in Chicago
Venue: CUPPA Conference Room 110, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Download a video of the TOD Seminar Series video presentation.
Download the TOD Seminar Series presentation.

compressed uGridd sixMarch 17, 2016 — Noon to 1:00 p.m.
UTC Spring Seminar Series
Speakers: Zhong Chen, PE, PLS, Principal, uGRIDD
Matthew Gibbs, Chicago Transit Authority
Topic: Geo-referencing Infrastructure Data
Venue: CUPPA Conference Room 110, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Download a video of the uGRIDD Seminar Series presentation.
Download the uGRIDD Seminar presentation.
Download an Engineering News Record story on the uGRIDD platform.

April 21, 2016 — Noon to 1:00 p.m.
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Speaker: Ning Ai, PhD., Assistant Professor, Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Topic: Green Commuting in Health Care: Obstacles and Best Practices
Venue: CUPPA Conference Room 110, 412. S. Peoria St., Chicago
Download the Green Healthcare Commuting Seminar Series presentation.