Check out the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer

Check out the Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer http://urbanaccessibility.com/accessibility/

This site gives you the ability to look at the number of jobs, parks, schools, groceries and other opportunities which can be reached from different neighborhoods in the city of Chicago or broader metro area within certain travel time thresholds by different modes.

Use the menu at the top to choose the accessibility type you are interested in, the travel mode, and the travel time threshold by that mode. The map will show accessibilities at the blockgroup level with colors representing the percentage of the chosen activity that one can reach within the chosen travel time. You can turn on the neighborhood layer to make it easier to identify the areas you are interested in.

Once the map loads, hover the mouse at the area that interests you to see its accessibility levels.

The Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer is a product of the Travel Behavior & Urban Systems Research Group at the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC. The goal of the Explorer is to measure and display accessibility to a variety of activities in the Chicago Metropolitan area in a relatively simple, user friendly, online platform. We want it to be a resource that planners and policy makers can readily use to evaluate how well the transportation system is connecting people to activity locations.

Using the Accessibility Explorer, questions about how many jobs, schools, parks, groceries etc. can be reached by residents of a specific neighborhood in reasonable time by a given mode can be answered quickly. One can evaluate the changes to accessibility over the course of a day as transit systems adjust their schedules. It allows us to see the spatial distribution of access the transportation-land use nexus currently provides and which areas it benefits and which can use improvements.

The tool, through the travel time map, also has the capability to show how far one can travel from different neighborhoods/areas of the metropolitan area by different modes. Together with the accessibility explorer, this capability offers the user the see where changes in land use can be made to alter accessibility to jobs or other opportunities for different origins.

More detail on the Accessibility Explorer can be found in our report here: Final Report.

Sponsors

The Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer was funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI) and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR-USF) through UIC’s Urban Transportation Center.

The Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer is a product of the Travel Behavior & Urban Systems Research Group at the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC. The goal of the Explorer is to measure and display accessibility to a variety of activities in the Chicago Metropolitan area in a relatively simple, user friendly, online platform. We want it to be a resource that planners and policy makers can readily use to evaluate how well the transportation system is connecting people to activity locations.

Using the Accessibility Explorer, questions about how many jobs, schools, parks, groceries etc. can be reached by residents of a specific neighborhood in reasonable time by a given mode can be answered quickly. One can evaluate the changes to accessibility over the course of a day as transit systems adjust their schedules. It allows us to see the spatial distribution of access the transportation-land use nexus currently provides and which areas it benefits and which can use improvements.

The tool, through the travel time map, also has the capability to show how far one can travel from different neighborhoods/areas of the metropolitan area by different modes. Together with the accessibility explorer, this capability offers the user the see where changes in land use can be made to alter accessibility to jobs or other opportunities for different origins.

More detail on the Accessibility Explorer can be found in our report here: Final Report.

Sponsors

The Metropolitan Chicago Accessibility Explorer was funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI) and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR-USF) through UIC’s Urban Transportation Center.

Questions

Please contact Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun at ntilahun at uic dot edu.

Server and website are maintained by Shi Yin. Shi can be reached at syin8 at uic dot edu.

Please contact Dr. Nebiyou Tilahun at ntilahun at uic dot edu.

Server and website are maintained by Shi Yin. Shi can be reached at syin8 at uic dot edu.