Riders for Better Transit Summit: Building a 21st Century Transit System
Monday, February 25, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CST
Chicago, IL, United States
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The Riders for Better Transit Summit: Building a 21st Century Transit System brings together 11 civic and public sector experts in transportation and planning to help answer tough questions about the challenges of providing a world-class transit system in the Chicago region. The speakers will provide in-depth information on transportation funding and governance, including outlining the existing structures of public transportation agencies, problems and barriers they face in providing and improving public transit and possible solutions to funding shortfalls. 1. Planners with at least two years of experience will benefit from this event by better understanding the structure of transit agencies they work for or with frequently. This event provides a deeper understanding of the governance of these agencies and presents proposed changes to their structure that local planners should be aware of. Changes affecting service including proposals to merge agencies, reallocate funding or reorganize governmental structure will be discussed. This event also discusses new strategies for funding large scale public transportation projects. Innovative strategies presented here may provide possible solutions to funding problems encountered as barriers to plan implementation. As speakers discuss a vision for the future of public transportation, planners gain insight about goals of expanded service in the Chicago region. 2. The Riders for Better Transit Summit meets the transportation planning objective-specifically addressing public transportation. This summit will outline a vision for a world class transit system in Chicago and the path towards making transit a feasible and attractive option for all in the Chicago region. Some of the speakers may present plans for extending or increasing existing service, as well as how new investments in transit could revitalize transportation in Chicago. This summit also meets the economic development planning objective by outlining how to connect innovative funding techniques and transit planning. Our panelists will present case studies of funding and economic development initiatives that are working in cities across the US and explain how they may be incorporated into projects in the Chicago region. Funding ideas presented at this conference will go hand in hand with transit planning such as value capture and land use planning. 3. Training objectives for this event include 1) outlining the existing barriers to improving public transit in the Chicagoland region 2) offering new solutions planners may advocate for regarding transit governance and 3) presenting innovative ways to finance public transportation projects. Planners attending this event can expect to come away with a better understanding of the agencies responsible for implementing transit plans and the barriers they face as well as innovative ideas for funding public transportation projects that they can take to their clients, employers, municipalities etc.