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Better Commutes, Less Congestion: Employers Unlock the Region's Gridlock

December 1, 2011, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S. Dearborn St., Suite 1400, Chicago

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Steven Vance, Ron Schramm

With an uncertain economy, fluctuating gas prices, and expense of maintaining a productive workforce, there is no better time for employers to play a role in improving employee satisfaction, reducing the cost of congestion, and creating more livable communities… all the while, boosting their own bottom lines.

Since 2000, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has helped dozens of Illinois employers reduce their employees’ commutes through Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) benefits. In 2011, in partnership with the Civic Consulting Alliance, MPC launched the Commute Options pilot, working with local employers to design programs that give their workers commute alternatives – including EAH, transit benefits and ride-sharing – to reduce the number of cars on our roads.

Join the Metropolitan Planning Council on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, for Better Commutes, Less Congestion: Employers Unlock the Region’s Gridlock, a roundtable discussion on how Commute Options are making a difference in solving the Chicago area’s commute challenges. Panelists will include participating employers describing their experiences with the pilot, and policymakers speaking about the regional benefits of the Commute Options program.

Stacey Reineking Sather, senior vice president and director of public affairs for Charter One, will provide opening remarks and introduce the panelists:

  • Jeffrey Rehm, Corporate Sustainability Manager, W.W. Grainger Inc.
  • Suzanne Carlson, Director of Environmental Affairs, Chicago Public Schools
  • Gabe Klein, Commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Transportation

Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Joseph Costello, whose agency recently secured federal funds to look more strategically at Transportation Demand Management strategies and build off the Commute Options pilot, will moderate the discussion.

Lunch will be provided. You may request a vegetarian meal when you register. Cost is $15 for current MPC donors, and $30 for all others.

Thanks to Charter One for supporting this event.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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