Riders for Better Transit Summit: Building a 21st Century Transit System

What is Chicagoland's vision for better transit in the years to come, and how will we get there?

Join Riders for Better Transit for a summit on Building a 21st Century Transit System: a discussion of public transportation’s future, funding and governance in Chicagoland. 

February 25, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
UBS Tower Conference Center, 1 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL
Registration: $25, or $15 for Active Transportation Alliance members/donors. Includes continental breakfast with coffee.
AICP CM credits pending

Registration is now closed. Please direct any questions regarding registration to Brenna Conway,


We’re bringing together civic and public sector leaders in transportation to help answer tough questions about the challenges of providing a world-class transit system.

  • 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast with Coffee Served
  • 8:45 a.m. - Presentation: Transit and a Vibrant MetropolisCarol Coletta, director of ArtPlace
  • 9:00 a.m. - Presentation: Chicagoland Transit: On the Wrong TrackRon Burke, executive director of Active Transportation Alliance
  • 9:15 a.m. - Panel: Governance Matters
    Chicagoland transit service is managed by four different agencies with 47 board members appointed by elected officials in different levels of government. What’s working, what isn’t, and how can we improve the system? Find out in this panel moderated by Steve Schlickman, executive director of the UIC Urban Transportation Center and former executive director of the RTA; featuring panelists Frank Beal, executive director of Metropolis Strategies; Dan Cronin, chairman of DuPage County; and John Gates, chairman of the RTA.
  • 10:15 a.m. - Break
  • 10:30 a.m. - Panel: Funding Matters
    Creating a world-class transit system will require increasing investment in transit, but where will the money come from? Learn about the barriers and the options for funding in this panel moderated by Jacky Grimshaw, vice president of policy at the Center for Neighborhood Technology; featuring panelists Randy Blankenhorn, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Georgia Gann, deputy director of government affairs of Transportation for America; and Peter Skosey, vice president of the Metropolitan Planning Council.
  • 11:30 a.m. - Presentation: If We're Not There Yet, How Do We Get There -- World Class Transit for a World Class City, Scott Bernstein, president of the Center for Neighborhood Technology
  • 11:55 a.m. - Closing Remarks

Questions? Contact Brenna Conway,

(Photo courtesy Erin Nekervis.)


Click on the PDFs below for slides that were presented at the summit. 

Frank Beal.pdf73.8 KB
Georgia Gann.pdf296.09 KB
Peter Skosey.pdf362.03 KB
Ron Burke [Compatibility Mode].pdf1.89 MB
Steve Schlickman.pdf44.62 KB

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