UTC 2017 Seminar Series

Each semester, the Urban Transportation Center brings transportation industry leaders together with faculty, staff, students and the UIC community through the Seminar Series. These noontime, no-cost events provide a wide range of benefits:

  • Gives the UTC, CUPPA and the University an opportunity to demonstrate leadership in providing a forum to present and discuss current developments and trends in modern transportation.
  • Helps faculty, staff and students keep up to date on what’s happening in the industry and Chicago region.
  • Strengthens the UTC’s position as a leader in inspiring debate and education on the value of transportation in modern society.
  • Provides UTC alumni with ways to stay connected with the University by serving as a presenter or participant.
  • Offers UTC, CUPPA and other students the opportunity to learn and interact with transportation professionals from the public and private sectors.

Spring 2017 Seminar Series

February 16, 2017 — Noon to 1 p.m.
UTC Spring Seminar Series
Speaker: Chris Hall, MUPP, Consultant Transport for London
Topic: Making the Transit Investment Case: Comparing London and Chicago
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago
Details: Greater London’s transit agenda — and how it provides a potential template for funding large-scale projects in metropolitan Chicago — will be explored during the first installment of the spring 2017 Seminar Series presentation hosted by the Urban Transportation Center at UIC.
Download Presentation. UTC Transit Investment Case Part 1.UTC Transit Investment Case Part 2.

March 16, 2017 — Noon to 1 p.m.
UTC Spring Seminar Series
Speakers: Coley Anderson and David Levett, Moody’s Investors Service
Topic: How A Moody’s Analyst Rates Municipal Bonds
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago

Presentation: To obtain a copy of the presentation, please email: ebury@uic.edu.

Details: Government bonds are debt securities that help finance long-term investments, including infrastructure projects. Our speakers will discuss why local governments issue bonds, explain different types of bonds, present criteria used by Moody’s to assess credit and more.

April 20, 2017 — Noon to 1 p.m.
UTC Spring Seminar Series
Speaker: Susumu Kudo, PhD, Former UIC and UTC Research Assistant, Former Professor, Fukui Prefecture University, Japan
Topic: Making the Investment Case II: Comparing Japan and the United States
Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago

Details: In Japan, most transportation agencies are operated by private companies. Since the 1980, a network of high-speed trains have been built to meet changing demographics. For this final Spring presentation, our speaker will discuss the development of the Shinkansen, five rail lines that connect Tokyo with other major cities, and offer insight on how new rail could benefit the U.S.

 

UTC 2016 Seminar Series Archive

Revisit past presentations by visiting the 2016 Seminar Series archive page.

  • In Spring of 2016, presentations centered on transit oriented development, geo-referencing infrastructure data using the uGRIDD platform and green commuting options in healthcare.
  • In Fall of 2016, the UTC partnered with Sam Schwartz Consulting for a series, “Exploring Urban Mobility: Navigating the Road Ahead.”
  • And, the UTC hosted a special presentation December 1 featuring CMAP Executive Director Joseph Szabo, who spoke on “The Power of a Unified Region.”