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Custom App Helps Residents Better Utilize Public, Private & Shared Multimodal Transit Options

Chicago, IL

Chicago used an integrated data network to aggregate information from transportation service providers, drivers, commuters and pedestrian. The goal was to expand access to multimodal mobility options while meeting Vision Zero goals, improving air quality, and enhancing resident experience.

Topics Covered

Mobility & Access

Cost

Initial: 50 Thousand USD

Funding

Public Private Partnership

Project Status

In Progress/Under Construction since 2022

Problem Addressed

Navigation apps that most residents can use are focused on speed but don't take into account community needs - often time leading to neighborhood cut throughs and congestion on surface streets. In addition, while they often include public transit options like buses, rail or bike paths in Chicago they don’t include many of the other options that the City has helped provide access to for residents - like scooters, bike share or other micro-mobility options.

Solutions Used

To help Chicago residents more easily access multimodal transportation options, IPgallery helped develop a commuter and driver app that let residents get from point a to point b in a way that is efficient and good for the community.

It did this by including all transportation options - from traditional car and bus routes to bike share and park & ride options. Importantly, the applications were built onto of a centralized, interactive command and control dashboard that aggregated data from multiple sources, both real-time and historic, enabling city officials and staff to make more informed decisions about transportation planning.

Outcomes

1

Custom resident application makes it easier and more convenient to choose public or shared transportation options that help meet the city’s sustainability and safety goals.

2

Increased access to real-time and historic data helped make better transportation planning decisions and led to create one-way streets at peak-transit times improving neighborhood congestion

3

Use of micro-mobility methods helps reduce carbon emission and greatly improve air quality in congested routes.

4

Use of app supported Park & Ride and city-wide EV charging initiatives

Something Unique

The work in Chicago got global recognition! For their part in the project, IPgallery was a finalize in the NTT Data Innovation Contest (December 2018).

Who Should Consider

All Cities that experience congestion and aim to address smart, connected and electric transportation as well as multimodal mobility challenges in a changing urban environment.

Last Updated

Dec 3rd, 2019
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