An Online Tool for Computing and Presenting Regional Accessibility Measures

This project aims to develop innovative metrics for measuring transit and multimodal accessibility in the Chicago metropolitan region and integrating these measures into an open online interactive tool for use by planners. The project will look at access to jobs as well access to activities key for livable communities – schools, parks, shopping, etc. One of the goals of the project is to complement often used measures of accessibility that focus on one transportation mode with a multimodal perspective. In addition, it seeks to develop measures that take into consideration resident’s capabilities to undertake travel as described by car ownership rates, disability, age, and income. Such a combined approach would help properly prioritize areas lacking in accessibility. The project will also integrate healthy transportation choices (walking, bicycling) into the multimodal measure of access for residents – an approach which also seeks to disentangle issues related to last-mile problems. Metropolitan planning agencies as well as other smaller cities and municipalities, who may not have the manpower or tools to perform these tasks, can leverage the online tool in their assessment of transportation and land use in their jurisdictions.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:


    UIC 2117-9060-02-C

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Transit Research

    University of South Florida
    4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT 100
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Volinski, Joel

  • Principal Investigators:

    Tilahun, Nebiyou

  • Start Date: 20140701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141231

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01595881
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transit Research
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC22, UIC 2117-9060-02-C
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2016 10:14AM