March_2022 - 24

How the Village of
Bedford Park and Uber
Connect
People
to Jobs
Partnering with the private
sector generated demand for
transit by providing improved
last-mile and late-night
connections.
By Daisy Wall, contributor
I
ndustrial areas are major sources
of employment across North
American cities. Access to these
employment centers is critical
for propelling a thriving economy,
but sprawling land uses,
24/7 shift changes and last-mile
gaps make it difficult to provide
frequent,
fixed-route
transit
service to these industrial areas.
Executives and planners from
cities, business parks and transit
agencies are seeking ways to usher
in more convenient options for
these difficult-to-reach areas.
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For employers, access to transportation
and traffic congestion
can be a significant barrier for
hiring and retaining workers
and can impact both employer
and worker satisfaction.
The village of Bedford Park, an
inner-ring suburb of Chicago, is
taking this issue head on and has
partnered with local transit agencies,
businesses and mobility providers
to test and deploy creative
strategies for tackling these transportation
and workforce challenges.
As a result of these efforts, 400
businesses and more than 27,000
employees have access to easier
public transit commute options.
Multi-stakeholder
Support Plus a
Community-driven
Approach
The Connect2Work pilot program
emerged through Bedford Park's
last-mile mobility planning efforts.
In 2018, the village was awarded
funding through Cook County's
" Invest in Cook " program to develop
a last-mile mobility study
and action plan. These guiding
documents-and the stakeholder
engagement efforts that informed
them-identified the need for both
pragmatic and innovative transportation
solutions for challenges
like traffic congestion, gaps in the
sidewalk network and limited access
to transit. Connect2Work is
one of several multimodal solutions
that Bedford Park is currently
advancing and the preliminary
findings are promising.
To make this happen, numerous
planning initiatives had to
take flight, including community
engagement administered
through mobility surveys and
meetings with employers, employees,
transit
agencies and
other community stakeholders.
A Mobility Day was also held to
gather community feedback on
main concerns.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March_2022

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Riders are Coming Back but Where are the Drivers?
Turning a BRT Line into a Successful Network
Capital Programs Strike Steady Pace
How the Village of Bedford Park and Uber Connect People to Jobs
Sound Transit Driving Consensus Against All Odds
Products
Best Practices
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