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Downtown Futures Series


The global downtown is in a renaissancefrom the sharing economy and future transportation technology to increased professional mobility, collaborative offices and the burgeoning creativeclass. Chicago Loop Alliance’s Downtown Futures Series brings recognized urban thoughtleaders into public dialogues on emerging downtown trends and their impact on Chicago’s Loop. Forums are held three times annually through 2018

Mobility as a Service  

Picture this: After landing in a new city, you open a transportation app to figure out how to get to your hotel. On your screen appears a variety of options--public transit, bike and scooter share, walking, an autonomous car service, maybe even Uber Air. In this future world, all of these systems work together to get you where you need to go as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible, and they communicate with one another so that your best options are always at your fingertips--no matter how many companies or government entities your trip touches.

This level of connectivity, and this cultural shift from personally-owned vehicles to consuming mobility as a service, is the future of movement, and it will change the way we get into and through the Chicago Loop. As the Central Business District expands through a boom in residential development, record numbers of tourists, and a growing workforce, it will be more important than ever to have connectivity among transportation options. Learn about new urban mobility models and how they are beginning to work together at Downtown Futures Series: Mobility as a Service.

Paola Aguirre Serrano, Founder, Borderless


Melody Geraci, Interim Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance
Benet Haller, Transit Manager, Cook County
Kevin O'Malley, Managing Deputy Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
Jerry Quandt, Executive Director, Illinois Autonomous Vehicle Association

Date & Time
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
7:30-8 a.m. Registration and Networking
8-9:15 a.m. Presentation

230 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Tickets are available at the door.

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Roadmap for the Future of Transportation and Mobility in Chicago

The City of Chicago created the New Transportation and Mobility Task Force in September 2018 to present a forward-looking and innovate roadmap for the future of mobility and transportation in Chicago.

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