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NEXT 10 EVENTS ON OR AFTER January 16, 2017

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

NUTC Sandhouse Group & Chicago Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Brown Bag Luncheon @ Metra Headquarters

“Metra – Loking Ahead to 2017 and Beyond”


For the January 2017 Sandhouse meeting, Don Orseno will talk about Metra's plans for 2017. Bruce Marcheschi will provide an update on PTC implementation and discuss the replacement of Elgin's Fox River Bridge on the Milwaukee District West Line. Components of this bridge were built in the late 1880s. Lynnette Ciavarella will present the strategic studies that are underway that will help define Metra's future.


Pre-registration REQUIRED. Visit the link below for more details.
*Attendees will need to present a GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID for access to Metra's Headquarters.


Donald Orseno: Metra's Executive Director has worked for the railroad industry for 42 years, starting his career on the Rock Island Railroad and later the Chicago &; North Western before joining Metra's Transportation Department when Metra was formed 32 years ago. Formerly Deputy Executive Director/COO, he provided executive direction and guidance to the Chief Officers of Engineering, Transportation and Mechanical as well as Safety, Operations Training and Certification and Regulatory Compliance. He also provided executive oversight and direction to Purchase of Service Agreement contract carriers (BNSF and Union Pacific) to ensure consistency with Metra's standards and practices. As Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Orseno now provides direction and oversight to all areas of Metra's Administrative and Operating program.

Bruce Marcheschi: As Chief Engineering Officer of Metra, Mr. Marcheschi provides overall leadership and direction to Metra's Engineering Operations to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Responsibilities include all day to day Engineering functions: Track, Signal, Electrical, Telecommunications, Structural, Bridge &;Building, Maintenance of Way, Construction and Station Design. Mr. Marcheschi began his career in 1987 at Metra and has held progressively responsible management positions prior to his current position. Mr. Marcheschi has worked in the railroad industry for over 29 years.

Lynnette Ciavarella: Ms. Ciavarella has over twenty-two years of experience in the Public Transit industry in both operations and administration. She began her career as a bus operations planner at Pace Suburban Bus. For the past eleven years, she has been a member of Metra's Senior Staff Departments reporting to her include Program Development, Long-Range Planning, and Systems Performance Data. In her current capacity, she oversees the development and administration of the agency's long-range plans, capital program, performance statistics, fares, and mobile ticketing. Ms. Ciavarella also acts as Metra's liaison for planning issues with other transportation and planning agencies. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Public Affairs Management with a concentration in Urban Studies (land-use and transportation planning), graduate of 2012 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Leadership Program and the inaugural LEAD program for transit executives.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Metra Headquarters - 547 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago IL 60661

Event URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jan-19-2017-sandhouse...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Effects of the Light Rail Transit Development & Neighborhood Design on Travel Behavior

Transportation Center Seminar:

Speaker:  Jason Cao, Associate Professor, Univesity of Minnesota

BIO: Jason Cao is an associate professor with the regional policy and planning area. His current research mainly focuses on land-use and transportation planning in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He seeks to answer interrelated questions about how transportation investments influence urban development, how land-use patterns shape individuals' behavior, and how land-use and transportation policies can be used to mitigate traffic congestion and improve our environment.

Cao previously worked as an associate research fellow with the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University. His work has appeared in journals spanning urban planning, public health, and transportation. He has been published in Environment and Planning, Journal of the American Planning Association, American Journal of Health Promotion, Transportation Research, and others.

Cao received an M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in civil and environment engineering with a specialization on transportation planning from the University of California-Davis. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In 2006, he received the Wootan Award from the U.S. Council of University Transportation Centers for the best transportation policy/planning dissertation in the United States.

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: Chambers Hall 600 Foster St Ruan Conference Center - Lower Level Evanston IL 60208

Event URL: http://www.transportation.northwestern.edu/

Friday, April 21, 2017


58th Transportation Research Forum Annual Conference - April 20-21, 2017

Transportation Research Forum
Founded in 1958, the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals. Its purpose is to provide an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas related to both passenger and freight transportation. The Forum provides pertinent and timely information to those who conduct research and those who use and benefit from research.

Thurs. April 20, 2017 -

1:00 -4:30 pm - Special half day program for graduate students

5:00 -7:00 pm - Main Conference begins with Poster session and networking reception

Friday -  April 21, 2017 - 8:30 am - 5:00 pm - Full Day Conference

Contact Info: Diana Marek

Location: 750 S. Halsted St. U. of Ill at Chicago - Student Center East Bldg Chicago IL

Event URL: http://sites.northwestern.edu/trf2017/