Pullman National Monument: Transportation Access Plan Support
The Pullman National Monument was first designated in 2015, encompassing the historic Pullman Factory, model town, and surrounding neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. It represents a unique urban industrial and cultural heritage site, integrated into a dense and diverse neighborhood in one of the United States’ largest cities.
The Transportation and Access Plan for the Pullman National Monument provides a roadmap to improve transportation access to the new National Monument over the next several years, putting an emphasis on transit and nonmotorized transportation access to the site. The plan also considers the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods, anticipating and mitigating potential negative consequences of increased visitation and prioritizing continued economic and job growth.
Volpe assisted the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning (CMAP) and its consultant Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) in developing the plan as part of a Local Technical Assistance project with the National Parks Conservation Association. CMAP and the National Park Service’s Midwest Region Office jointly funded Volpe’s participation in the planning process.
As part of the project team, Volpe provided case study research describing how other urban NPS units and similar federal lands sites have provided and promoted multimodal transportation access. Volpe also provided a summary of potential funding sources for transportation improvements at Pullman and participated in planning sessions to identify recommendations for the plan and in public input meetings related to those recommendations.