2015 TIGER Grant: Crossroads & Connections
In 2015, UIC submitted an application, Crossroads and Connections, to the FY 2015 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. TIGER is a highly competitive grant program that supports initiatives that make long-term, transformative and positive investments in the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure. Crossroads and Connections proposed a series of transportation improvements that would facilitate safe and accessible travel throughout the campus and adjacent Chicago communities. While UIC was not selected to receive FY 2015 TIGER funding, the university remains committed to improving the connections between the campus, city and surrounding communities.
Crossroads and Connections implemented the UIC’s Campus Master Plan and the UIC Multimodal Transportation Plan. These two comprehensive plans focus on providing a safe, integrative transportation network for the campus and surrounding community. The 2010 UIC Campus Master Plan envisioned a cohesive campus of integrated transportation corridors, buildings and open spaces. It was established using feedback received during seven town hall meetings, in which one hundred and sixty two local organizations were included. The Multimodal Plan established recommendations for UIC to improve the flow of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles in and around campus and to better serve the needs of all travelers, including persons with disabilities. The Multimodal Transportation Plan was authored in collaboration by UIC, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Chicago Transit Authority (CTA, and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
The goal of Crossroads and Connections was to enhance ten major activity hubs and the multimodal corridors that connect these hubs. The project strived to:
- Reinforce Safe Circulation
- Enhance the Sense of Place
- Connect Hubs of Activity
- Integrate Campus and Community
The proposed projects in Crossroads and Connections included improvements to high-risk intersection and crossing points, enhanced parking facilities, the implementation of eco-friendly transit options and accessible pedestrian and bicycle amenities. These improvements would provide safety, environmental and accessibility benefits to users of all transportation modes, while enriching the community’s quality of life and boosting the local economy.