Riders for Better Transit Summit:Building a 21st Century Transit System
CNT will be participating in an upcoming summit on Building a 21st Century Transit System. Riders for Better Transit, a group dedicated to organizing Chicagoland transit riders to push for improved and expanded services in the city, will be hosting a summit at the UBS Tower Conference Center on February 25th. Bringing together a group of transportation policy leaders, the summit will discuss the challenges of creating a 21st century transit system. Focusing on issues like reform of the transit authorities’ governance structure and funding sources and investment strategies of the Chicagoland transit system, expert panels will discuss potential solutions to the problems facing the region.
CNT president Scott Bernstein will deliver a presentation dealing with urban sustainability and transit issues at the event. As the economic and environmental case for investment in safe, reliable and efficient public transit becomes increasingly irrefutable, educating and organizing the public to support political action will play a crucial role in the development of the modern transit system that the Chicagoland are needs and deserves. CNT Vice President of Policy Jacky Grimshaw will participate in the panel exploring funding transit. Former CNT board member and noted urban policy expert and commentator Carol Coletta will also be presenting at the summit.
Participating in the panel discussions will be key decision makers like Frank Beal, executive director of Metropolis Strategies; Dan Cronin, chairman of DuPage County; John Gates, chairman of the RTA, Randy Blankenhorn, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning; Kevin DeGood, deputy policy director of Transportation for America; and Peter Skosey, vice president of the Metropolitan Planning Council.
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