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Overhaul of region's transportation system to be focus of Inaugural William O. Lipinski Transportation Policy Symposium

"Moving the Region in a New Direction" will be theme of day-long, invitation-only forum connecting regional decision makers with transportation experts from around the state and world

(Chicago) … Every morning it starts anew: Workers in suits and ties or steel-toed boots squeeze their cars onto already teeming streets and highways, trading verbal insults and angry gestures on the slow, stressful commute to work. Delivery drivers in semis and vans tap their fingers impatiently on their steering wheels and silently tally the dollars lost as they encounter yet another traffic backup. Businesswomen standing at L stations shift from one high heel to another as a train screams by, too full to let one more passenger board. A freight train from the West Coast carrying fresh fruits and vegetables brakes to a standstill for what will be hours spent waiting in the long queue to unload at the overcrowded rail yard.

The picture of our region’s transportation system can’t seem to get any worse, but it will – unless decision makers put an end to the business-as-usual approach to planning and funding transportation investments. On Monday, Oct. 15, decision makers will connect with global, national and regional transportation experts at “Moving the Region in a New Direction: the Inaugural William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy,” a day-long, invitation-only forum, co-sponsored by McCormick Tribune Foundation, Metropolitan Planning Council, and Northwestern University, to build consensus on new ways to plan, manage and finance metropolitan Chicago’s transportation network in the coming decades.

“Our infrastructure is failing, state and federal transportation resources are dwindling, and the status quo approach to investing separately in roads, transit and freight is slowing the region’s economic growth,” said MarySue Barrett, president, Metropolitan Planning Council. “ If metropolitan Chicago is to remain a dynamic, global region, we must devise new ways to provide access and move millions of people and billions of dollars of goods every day.”

Featured speakers include U.S. Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), chair, U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; Timothy J. Lomax, research engineer, Texas Transportation Institute; and Robert Puentes, scholar fellow, The Brookings Institution.

“Moving the Region in a New Direction: the Inaugural William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy,” a day-long, invitation-only forum to build regional consensus on ways to improve metropolitan Chicago’s transportation network

  • WHO:
    Hon. William O. Lipinski, former U.S. Representative and former Ranking Minority Member, Aviation, Rail, and Highways subcommittees
  • Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), Chair, U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure
  • Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston), Illinois House of Representatives and Chair, House Mass Transit Committee
  • Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  • Edward Hamberger, President & CEO, Association of American Railroads
  • Todd Litman, Founder & Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute
  • Timothy J. Lomax, Research Engineer, Texas Transportation Institute
  • Hani S. Mahmassani, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Daniel Murray, Vice President of Research, American Transportation Research Institute
  • Robert Puentes, Scholar Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Author, Taking the High Road: A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform
  • Robert J. Schillerstrom, Chair, DuPage County Board
  • Suzi Schmidt, Chair, Lake County Board
  • Gunnar Soderholm, Director, Stockholm, Sweden ’s Congestion Charging Program

Monday, Oct. 15, 2007
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

W Hotel, 172 W. Adams St., Chicago

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. Members of the media are welcome and may request further information by contacting Mandy Burrell, Metropolitan Planning Council communications associate.

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