Chicago's transit system is not equitable. Infrastructural improvements and maintenance favor areas of the city more frequented by tourists. How might we balance transit investments among areas that typically see less investment (yet equal population density)?
Our commitment to systems-thinking demands us to investigate root causes. With this in mind, our interview questions for users are shaped by some foundational questions that we ask ourselves as a team.
This map mimics a "heat map" showing areas of the city serviced by train stations and/or train lines within a 1/2-mile (the maximum reasonable walking distance is about 12 min). The more intense the color, the more train station/line options there are to choose from.
The bus lines are underlaid to show "cool" zones, or areas which are only serviced by buses, if at all.
A person unfamiliar with Chicago would assume from this transit system that:
These assumptions are inaccurate to various degrees.
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