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Chicagoland TRIPS: Coming to a Kiosk near you!

It’s official! The Regional Traveler Information Kiosk project is almost ready for prime time. The Chicagoland Traveler Resource and Itinerary Planning System (or, more concisely, TRIPS) will soon be unveiled at selected sites in downtown Chicago and around the region.

By tapping into a TRIPS kiosk, a user can find out how to get around the region via public transit. The overarching goal is to relieve congestion, and increase tourism by providing easily accessible directions to and from attractions and events in the Chicagoland region.

Paula Thibeault, executive director of the Regional Transportation Authority, demonstrates Chicagoland TRIPS at a recent board meeting.

This first-of-its kind initiative for the Chicagoland region is a collaborative effort of the Metropolitan Planning Council, Regional Transportation Authority, City of Chicago and the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.

The project will be demonstrated and evaluated over a period of six months to determine its feasibility for full region-wide deployment. “TRIPS would never have been fully realized without the intergovernmental cooperation from our project partners and content providers,” said Peter Skosey, vice president of external relations for the Metropolitan Planning Council. “Once revealed to the public, it will be a true asset to visitors and residents, and encourage the use of public transit throughout the region.”

TRIPS was demonstrated recently at the 2004 Transport Chicago Conference and for the Regional Transportation Authority Board. Pilot kiosks will be installed in early August  at the following locations:

  • Palmer House Hilton
  • West Field Northbridge Shopping Mall
  • Union Station 
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Visitors Center at the Chicago Cultural Center
  • Midway Airport
  • Pace Headquarters
  • RTA Customer Service Center
  • Metra’s Randolph Street Station

Click here to view the feasibility study. For more information, contact Natashia Holmes .

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