Chicago Region to Showcase How It Earned Reputation As 'Granddaddy of Transit-Oriented Development' - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Chicago Region to Showcase How It Earned Reputation As 'Granddaddy of Transit-Oriented Development'

Rail~Volution Chicago 2006, Nov. 5 to 8, will feature 22 mobile workshops highlighting communities in northeastern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, and southeastern Wisconsin offering residents greater access, choice and convenience through transportation connections

(CHICAGO)….. As the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) continues to build consensus for much-needed state funding to support transit with the Moving Beyond Congestion strategic plan, Rail~Volution Chicago 2006 is ready to roll through greater metropolitan Chicago from Sunday, Nov. 5, through Wednesday, Nov. 8.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters will kick off the conference at the Opening Plenary at 8 a.m., Monday, Nov. 6. Rail~Volution will feature different locations in the tri-state region where commuter train stations, pedestrian-friendly streets, and bike routes, connected to mixed-income homes, retail shops and job centers, are supporting economically vibrant, livable communities. Some 22 mobile workshops will take participants by train, bike and foot to places like Blue Island, Ill.; Gary, Ind.; and Kenosha, Wis., to highlight how the Chicago region – widely considered the “granddaddy of transit-oriented development” – has and continues to use innovative transportation connections to build great neighborhoods and a healthy region. Learn more about Rail~Volution Chicago 2006 by visiting Rail~Volution's Web site

WHAT:
Rail~Volution Chicago 2006

WHO:
Featured speakers include U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters; U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.); and RTA Board Chair James R. Reilly.

The Regional Transportation Authority and the nonprofit Metropolitan Planning Council are co-hosting Rail~Volution Chicago 2006. Several locally based organizations, including the American Planning Association and Congress for the New Urbanism are Rail~Volution Chicago 2006 affiliates.

WHEN:
Sunday, Nov. 5, through Wednesday, Nov. 8

WHERE:
Technical assistance workshops and a transit-oriented development marketplace will take place at Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Click here for a complete program of events.

Mobile workshops will depart from the hotel. Times and locations vary. Click here for a complete itinerary.

NOTE:
Media may attend at no cost; however, advance registration, both for conference sessions and mobile workshops, is required. To assure a space in a particular mobile workshop, reporters are advised to pay for it. Workshops are either $35 or $40. Visit the Rail~Volution Web site for specific information.

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