Alternative Transportation for Chicagoland
Alternative Transportation for Chicagoland (ATC) is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), and was the operator of IGO CarSharing in Chicago from 2002-2013.
ATC’s mission is to:
- Make it possible for the region’s residents to live well without having to own a vehicle and
- Create an integrated, multimodal transportation system
ATC advances private-public partnerships, investment in innovative pilot projects, cutting edge research, and the development of technology to make traveling from place to place easier and more accessible.
History and Impact
In 2002 IGO, Alternative Transportation for Chicagoland began as a pilot program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology to test car sharing in Chicago. IGO was the first car-sharing organization in Chicago and grew rapidly, ultimately serving 16,000 members with a fleet of nearly 300 vehicles. IGO was located in 45 neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region. IGO launched the first of its kind, combined fare media card with the CTA in 2009. This joint smartcard allowed members to use one card to access both Chicago’s transit system and IGO cars. IGO was a founder of the CarSharing Association, an international association of car-sharing organizations. IGO also launched the first combined electric vehicle, solar canopy project in the country, and throughout its ten years used only low-emission vehicles in its fleet.
Solar Canopy and EV Charging Station Project – As part of its commitment to reducing CO2 emissions, ATC operates four solar power canopies that act as charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs). The stations are available for public use as a greener alternative for charging the growing number of electric vehicles in the region.
Peer-to-Peer Carsharing – Starting in 2014, ATC will pilot a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) carsharing program. P2P is another way to reduce the number of cars on the road, while utilizing existing vehicles that sit idle the vast majority of time. Through this pilot project ATC will test three different P2P models. This project will provide important feedback for the industry to grow this emerging newer version of carsharing.
ATC’s P2P Carshing Project is made possible through a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, administered through the Chicago Department of Transportation.
ATC is very interested in the entire shared-use mobility industry and is working closely with a variety of partners to determine how to better support the public policies, research, and local initiatives that can make shared-use mobility an integral part of the transportation system of urban centers throughout North America. ATC will build on the success of the first Shared-Use Mobility Summit held in October 2013 and will bring together the leaders of the shared-use mobility movement to Chicago, IL in the fall of 2014.
Sharon Feigon, CEO