Argonne Grant

Argonne National Laboratory was awarded a $2.9 million Federal Grant to study the best way to evacuate the Chicago metropolitan area in the event of a major emergency, whether natural or man-made.

The lab plans to bring in many different agencies for the project including first responders, Pace, Metra, and possibly the CTA in order to work together and plan accordingly for a worst case scenario.

“The important thing is that the emergency responders have a chance to be better prepared more than they are for those kind of things, because they lack the preparedness for these kinds of events, because they don’t happen all the time,” said Hubert Ley, Director of Transportation Research and Analysis Computing Center at Argonne National Laboratory. “So if you plan for these kinds of events in a computer rather than in real life, everybody sees immediately what the benefit is of this kind of approach.”

Using Argonne’s large computer systems, the team will study and develop simulation of traffic and commuter patterns by using a transportation database that includes every street and traffic light in the Chicago metropolitan area.

The team hopes that with the new project in place, normalcy could be restored.

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