UTC in the News — 2014

Here are links to news reports from 2014 where retired UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman shared insight and opinions into relevant transportation issues for  Chicago and nationally.

Steve Schlickman, retired UTC Executive Director

Steve Schlickman, retired UTC Executive Director

For decades, Urban Transportation Center faculty and staff researchers have been engaged to offer expert insight into a wide scope of transportation news. Below are accounts of transportation news from 2014 featuring retired UTC Executive Director Stephen E. Schlickman, along with other relevant industry reports.

  • A long-range transportation plan is needed to guide Illinois in the future. In this December 4 byline article in the Daily Herald Business Ledger, Schlickman offers insight on what’s needed to keep our transit network and highways up to a state of good repair.
  • The growth of Uber and ride sharing was the subject of a November 6, 2014 article in Washington Jewish Week. Schlickman was quoted, saying:  “Old services need to merge with what rideshare is doing. Cabs need to be deregulated – that’s how we level the playing field.”
  • Plans by Metra to raise fares over 10-years to fund much-needed capital improvements prompted Schlickman to draft a commentary, which was published in the Chicago Tribune’s “Voice of the People” section on October 29, 2014. And, the Active Transportation Alliance published a blog post by Steve on the Metra plan on November 4, 2014.
  • On July 29, 2104, Crain’s Chicago Business published an online commentary by Steve on the value behind the growing rideshare services in metropolitan Chicago and transportation benefits to consumers. Schlickman also comments on pending legislation in the Illinois General Assembly that would limit the number of rideshare drivers in Chicago. Read Schlickman’s complete rideshare commentary.
  • The announcement regarding the shutdown of lanes on the Kennedy Expressway in June for bridge demolition prompted Fox Chicago 32 News to get Schlickman’s opinion on the potential for traffic backups. View a live interview conducted on Friday June 13, 2014.
  • The proposed Iliana Tollway is on of the biggest transportation stories to surface in a long time. In this May 26, 2014 Associated Press story, Steve is quoted regarding the funding and financing costs for the new, 47-mile roadway.
  • In the May 21, 2014 issue of the UIC News, the campus newspaper at UIC, Schlickman is featured in a Profile article on page 2. Read the article and you’ll learn that he began his transportation career in a very hands-on way: As a bus driver at Georgetown University.
  • The Regional Transportation Authority has plans to approve $5 million for an advertising campaign designed to reach non-traditional riders. In this May 20, 2014 report from the Daily Herald, Schlickman offers some thoughts on the proposal.
  • The Task Force studying how to improve mass transit in metropolitan Chicago recommended creation of a single agency. In an April 1, 2104 report from the Chicago Tribune, Schlickman projected that the Illinois General Assembly would take some time before considering any proposed legislation that would establish one agency to oversee the RTA, CTA, Pace and Metra.
  • As a guest speaker during the Hay Seminar presentation held by Railtec at the University of Illinois at Urbana/ChampaignSchlickman delivered a presentation on: “An Overview of the Funding and Finance of Transportation Projects.” Visit this link to listen to the March 14, 2014 presentation and view the slide presentation.
  • In the ongoing discussion by a state Task Force regarding future governing plans for Chicago’s transit agencies, Schlickman told the Chicago Sun-Times on March 17, 2014 report that he prefers the “super agency” model favored by many other big-city transportation agencies.
  • Schlickman offered perspectives on ride sharing services in Chicago during this taping of the WYCC “In The Loop” public affairs program on March 18.  The interview was conducted by host Chris Bury on this growing transportation service and its impact on the taxi industry.
  • In the March 13, 2014 issue of the Chicago Tribune, Schlickman was quoted in an article that reported on preliminary recommendations from a task force studying reform of the Chicago region’s public transit system.