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Midway Airport Tour

Midway Airport, on the Southwest side of Chicago, was the busiest airport in the world during the 1940′s and 1950′s. The advent of the jet age and the longer runways required by the first generation of these aircraft doomed Midway, which was tucked into a dense residential area with no room for expansion. By the start of the 1970′s, newer technology engines and smaller commercial aircraft serving relatively closer destinations had started a rebound of traffic at Midway, in part in an effort to alleviate the congestion at O’Hare, which inherited Midway’s former status of World’s Busiest Airport. Read more


Complete Streets

John LaPlante, PE, PTOE will present “Complete Streets:  Who Benefits and Who Pays?” on Friday, October 29, 2010 at 12:30pm in the Life Science Building Rm 111. Come early for refreshments!

“Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street.” – National Complete Streets Coalition Read more



Welcome to the Illinois Institute of Technology Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), a group of IIT students interested in transportation related studies. Information about the transportation program, faculty and students can be found on this site.

Recent Articles


Turning a Traffic Trickle Into a Stream

By Marcia Faye
Excerpt from full article in iitmagazine

Whether you drive or take public transportation, your synthetic composite counterpart is also traveling on Zongzhi Li’s desktop computer. With travel and traffic information gathered from census, survey, and field data, Li, an associate professor of transportation engineering at IIT Armour College of Engineering, is formulating the daily comings and goings—an estimated 28.5 million trips—of some 9.7 million people in the Chicago metropolitan area. His work is part of a next-generation transportation planning, traffic operations, and evacuation planning and emergency management project.

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National Train Day Tour

Chicago has long been the rail hub of the nation, both in terms of passenger and freight trains. In the period between World War I and World War II, there were six passenger rail stations in downtown Chicago serving the city’s railroads. Virtually every passenger making a coast-to-coast trip had to pass through Chicago, and likely had to transfer between stations. Three of the stations are still in use today by Amtrak or Metra. Two are completely gone, and another is still standing, but not serving any railroad function. Also today, there is one new downtown station that serves Metra and South Shore trains. Read moreRead more


Fun Ride

Join the ITE student chapter of Illinois Institute of Technology for a casual bike ride from campus to the Lincoln Park Zoo. We will meet at the school baseball field and make our way to the Lakeshore Trail and head north! Read moreRead more

Volunteer: AEM Construction Challenge

AEM Construction Challenge, presented by Volvo Construction Equipment, is looking for student volunteers from IIT to help with the competition that will be held January 15, 2011. High school teams will compete and solve transportation and water infrastructure Challenges using creativity, teamwork and problem solving.  The Carpenter’s Union is the site for the competition.  It is on Union Ave near the corner of Halstead and Cermak.  Sign Up!!

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Internship – Engineering Chicago Bikeways

Help design Chicago’s bike lanes! The City of Chicago will be establishing approximately 20 miles of new bike lanes and 10 miles of new marked shared lanes over the next two years. Help design these bikeways and upgrade existing ones. Work will be carried out at the Chicago Department of Transportation’s downtown offices and in the field throughout Chicago. Read moreRead more


Starr Research and Fieldhouse Research Fellowships

DEADLINE: Thursday, November 18, 2010

IIT graduate students are invited to apply for the Starr Research Fellowship and the Fieldhouse Research Fellowship. Each fellowship provides up to $15,000 for one year and can be used for tuition support and stipend.  The fellowships are NOT renewable, but may be supplemented by funding from other sources.

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Women’s Transportation Seminar Annual Conference

Nearly 400 corporate and governmental industry leaders will gather in San Francisco, CA, for the WTS Annual Conference. For two days and two nights, private corporations, public agencies and government officials invested in every transportation mode will exhibit, present, learn and network. Eight distinct events, including an opening night reception and a banquet dinner, will showcase the tremendous leadership represented.


Illinois ITE 2010 Scholarship

DEADLINE: Friday, December 3, 2010

The Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is pleased to send the application materials for their 2010 scholarship awards.  Their Student Scholarship is open to undergraduate (sophomore through senior) and graduate students and will be granted to two students (one undergraduate and one graduate) in the form of $2,000 each.  The Student Paper competition, open only to graduate students, provides $1,000 to the deserving author of a technical paper.  They are also providing the Student ITE chapter with the most applicants with a $150 prize to use at their discretion.  All of these awards are a terrific opportunity for each of the students individually and for the student chapter as a whole!

The files below include full description of each scholarship; and all necessary application forms.  These forms can be printed and mailed or scanned in and emailed.

ILITE Student Paper
ILITE Scholarship Application
ILITE Scholarship Professor Evaluation
ILITE Scholarship Description