Developing an Information Management System for Public and Specialized Transportation Providers of Illinois A Web-Based, Interactive System

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Journal Article

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operations - coordination, place - north america, technology - management information systems


service coordination, planning coordination, financial coordination, mobility management


Transportation coordination involves service coordination, planning coordination, and financial coordination. A scan of the literature indicates that transportation coordination efforts are hampered by a lack of understanding about existing services, turf issues, and inadequate funding. One solution to address this problem is by providing comprehensive information management systems (IMS) to all stakeholder groups that are part of the regional and state transportation arena. Various federal programs acknowledge the importance of coordination and make it a mandatory precursor to applying for funding. The level of coordination required for successful application for funding from these programs makes the need for such information systems extremely important. The Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago is developing a web-based interactive IMS (TRANPRO) for the public and specialized transportation services in Illinois; the IMS features a provider inventory and other service-related information along with the requisite demographic information. The TRANPRO IMS includes public and specialized transportation data in the form of projects funded by Sections 5307, 5311, and 5310; the Downstate Operating Assistance Program; Job Access and Reverse Commute; New Freedom grants; and Title IIIB and Title XX programs for seniors as well as other known human-service transportation providers operating within the state. This paper explains the development of the IMS, the data assimilated, and the various uses of the system to facilitate coordinated planning, mobility management, and help with the grant application process. TRANPRO will benefit different stakeholder groups, including the administrators of funding programs (for example, the department of transportation), human-service transportation coordinators, mobility managers, and other stakeholders in coordination of services.


Permission to publish has been given by TRB, copyright remains with them.