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Transportation for Livable Communities: A New Model for Selecting Investments

The nonprofit Chicago-based Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has created a new way of screening and prioritizing transit projects to accomplish much more than simply moving people from point A to point B. MPC tested its method, which uses 14 quantifiable "livability metrics," to envision a 10-route Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network for Chicago. Detailed in the report Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity, this groundbreaking new approach can be readily adapted to enable cities and regions to make better investment decisions.    

Listen to and watch this 30-minute webinar featuring MPC researchers discussing the logic and methods behind the findings of Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity. In 30 minutes, researchers explain why they developed the route screening tool and livability metrics, how it is making a difference in the proposed BRT network in Chicago, and what potential it could have to change how regions invest in transportation. 

Josh Ellis, BRT Project Manager, Metropolitan Planning Council
Joshua Anderson, Lead Researcher, Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity
Annie Weinstock, U.S. BRT Program Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

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