Public Transit to Public Lands: The Nature Express-Scope

(Center Identification Number: 79060-02-C )

Principal Investigator

Dr. P. S. Sriraj
Director, Metropolitan Transportation Support Initiative (METSI)
Research Assistant Professor
Urban Transportation Center
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 340
Chicago, IL 60607

Project Scope

This project focuses on livable communities, environmental stability, safety, and crime reduction.


This work will be a combination of research and on-the-ground work in communities to identify and mobilize enthusiastic partners. We would like to combine our skills in conservation and community development and yours in transportation. Year One of the project will include the following elements:

Identification of Baseline Data related to:

• Numbers of families that cannot easily get to the preserves, with subset data points related to poverty, number of children, community stability, and health.
• The best potential points of contact between families, transit and Forest Preserve sites. This will require analysis of ridership on various public transportation routes and their relationship to the target population.
• Review the best, most appropriate and attractive activities for these new users in the Preserves. We will consider special events, Nature Centers, boat rental sites, fishing locations, etc.
• Review of existing connections between public transit and important sites, in this region and in other urban areas.


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