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Webinar - Street Space (Not Just for Moving Cars)

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ITE is hosting a webinar as an event for the benefit of ITE members and guests. The event will be shown at the Chicago Department of Transportation and 1.5 PDH's will be available to attendees after the webinar event. 


Students: $20
Non-Members $30
Members: $25 (Private Sector); $20 (Public Sector)
Sponsor: $0 (Please request code)

The webinar will be presented by Rachel MacCleery,  Larry Marcus, Daniel Ashworth, and Matt Lewis.  The speakers will provide a framework for a new way of thinking-a new vision for transportation professionals to create great streets and communities where people of all ages and abilities can thrive.

Sprawling, auto-centric development patterns following WWII caused people to want to drive through Main Streets instead of going to them. Auto-centric city streets cause congestion and crashes and encourage dependence on auto-transportation. The panel of speakers believe we need to steer clear of trying to build our way out of congestion with bigger, wider, and faster intersections and roadways. Instead, we need to focus on making streets safe for all modes of transport. Transportation professionals will learn about successful strategies to repurpose street space that accommodates all the various demands for use- cars, transit, parking, bikes, goods delivery, place-making.

Chicago Department of Transportation
30 N LaSalle St
2nd Floor
Conference Room 2 D/E
Chicago, IL 60602

Reservation Deadline: Friday, September 22

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to Aug 29

Traffic Signal Operations Technical Workshop

ITE is hosting a Traffic Signal Operations workshop presented by The Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.  The workshop will give a comprehensive overview of traffic signal operations for professionals in the field.  Course topics will include:

  • Traffic Signal Phasing
  • Phasing of Non-traditional  Intersections/Interchanges
  • Traffic Signal Timing Principals
  • Actuated Control - Detector Placement, Timing Criteria and Large Area Presence Detection
  • Principles of Signal System Operation and Timing
  • HCM Applications in Signal Phasing and Timing
  • Signal Preemption at Intersections Near Railroad Grade Crossings
  • Countermeasures for Red-Light Running

This workshop will provide attendees with 15 PDH's.


Registration deadline: Friday, August 18, 2017 5 PM

Private Sector: $350
Public Sector: $250

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7:15am 7:15am

7th Annual ITE/WTS/ITS Midwest Golf Outing

We cordially invite you to join us for great fun at the 7th Annual ITE Illinois Section / WTS Greater Chicago Chapter / ITS Midwest Golf Outing.  


7:15 am - 7:45 am                Registration
8:00 am                               Shotgun Start
2:00 pm                               Lunch

Individual Golfer:                $110
Hole Sponsor:                     $250
General Sponsor:                $150

Proceeds from the Golf Outing will go to the Scholarship Funds of all three organizations to support future transportation engineers in obtaining their educational goals.  The participant registration fee includes golf and cart fee, a sleeve of balls, a cookout buffet lunch, beverage tickets, prizes, and giveaways!

The tournament will be played in scramble (best-ball) format, so you don't have to be ringer to play!  We look forward to seeing you on the course!

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, all sponsors will be recognized at the event with signage at the registration table and at the post-event awards lunch. Hole sponsors will also be recognized at prize holes along the course. 

If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorship, please feel free to contact Thomas Szabo at (847) 823-0500.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 11, 2017


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June Luncheon: North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) Phase I Study

Please join us on Wednesday, July 26th for our July Luncheon, a presentation by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the North Lake Shore Drive (NLSD) Phase I Study. 

The North Lake Shore Drive Phase I study begins at Grand Avenue and extends approximately seven miles north to Hollywood Avenue.  The Phase I study takes advantage of the need to rebuild 80 year old facilities with modern techniques to improve safety, mobility, access and circulation along the Inner Drive, Outer Drive, the Trail System and the Park.  The design team is currently reviewing many different alternatives including trail separation, new junctions, transitways, managed lanes, and others elements.  The project will strive to balance these improvements with varying priorities for many different agencies and involved stakeholders. 

Please come join us to learn more about this exciting project as it moves towards a preferred alternative.


Registration deadline: Monday, July 24, 2017 12 PM

Members: $40
Non-Members: $50
Students/Public Sector: $20

ITE is honored to host Mr. Jeffrey Sriver (CDOT) and Mr. Nathan Roseberry (CDOT) as the event's speakers.

Jeffrey Sriver is the Chicago Department of Transportation's Director of Transportation Planning and Programming.  CDOT's planning activities encompass: all city streets and highways; sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails; bus and rail public transit and passenger transportation infrastructure; and truck and freight rail facilities.  Jeff also leads CDOT's participation in the CREATE Program, a $4.4 billion region-wide freight and passenger railroad infrastructure improvement plan, as well as CDOT's award-winning Union Station Master Planning efforts in cooperation with Amtrak and Metra.  In addition, he is actively engaged in CDOT's planning process for re-envisioning the City's iconic North Lake Shore Drive corridor through Lincoln Park, as well as Museum Campus transportation planning in partnership with the Chicago Park District.  Prior to joining CDOT Jeff has led Strategic Planning and Construction activities for the Chicago Transit Authority.  He has also been a consultant on urban transportation initiatives in the U.S. and internationally.  Jeff has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Transportation from MIT.

Nathan Roseberry works for the Chicago Department of Transportation, leading Capital Projects for the Highway Section.  He is the CDOT project manager for the North Lake Shore Drive project in addition to any other Phase I capital projects for the City.  Previously, he was the lead engineer for on-street bicycle projects in Chicago where he helped to install over 150 miles of innovative bicycle improvements including separated bike lanes.  Nathan also lead the design of complete streets projects in other communities in Illinois, such as the MCORE project in Champaign / Urbana, is a certified trainer on NACTO materials, has lead over 60 day trainings on complete streets materials, and is an adjunctfaculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Nathan is a licensed engineer in Illinois and has both Engineering and Urban Planning degrees from the University of Iowa.

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May Luncheon: Implementing a Regional Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System in Northeastern Illinois

May Luncheon: Implementing a Regional Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System in Northeastern Illinois

Please join us on Wednesday, May 24th for our May Luncheon, a presentation by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and Pace Suburban Bus Service on implementing a regional Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system in Northeastern Illinois 

This presentation will examine how transportation agencies in Northeastern Illinois; including the RTA, Pace, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and other local departments of transportation; are jointly implementing a regional Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system to improve bus performance on major arterials. This $40 million TSP program involves approximately 400 intersections covering about 100 miles of roadway on 13 strategic bus transit corridors.

The goal of this program is to implement an interoperable TSP system that allows buses operated by the CTA or Pace to request and receive priority at intersections operated by various highway agencies - thereby reducing bus travel time and/or improving travel time reliability. Additional objectives include using existing bus and roadside equipment to the extent possible, as well as utilizing off-the-shelf technology for bus-to-intersection communication.

Building on lessons learned from prior TSP demonstrations in limited geographic areas, the stakeholder agencies followed a systems engineering approach to develop regional TSP standards and implementation guidelines that are now being utilized to guide TSP deployment on multiple corridors throughout Chicagoland. The program's focus on an interoperable system is allowing expansion of TSP to corridors that cross jurisdictional boundaries or those that include multiple bus routes operated by different transit agencies. This presentation will highlight the technical and institutional challenges faced by the transportation agencies as they implement the regional TSP system, as well as the opportunities that have arisen for collaboration and advancement of this promising technology.

ITE is honored to host Dr. Mark Pitstick (RTA) and Mr. Taqhi Mohammed (Pace) as the event's speakers.


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Mark Pitstick has over 25 years of experience in research, analysis, design and planning of multi-modal transportation systems - specializing in public transportation. For the past 17 years, he has held various positions at the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois (RTA), including Division Manager of Regional Coordination and Acting Department Head of Planning & Market Development. His current position is Technical Advisor for the RTA's Capital Programming& Planning Department, where he serves as the agency's liaison for participation in the regional planning process and as project manager for the regional transit signal priority implementation program.  Mark has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (with a major in transportation engineering) from the University of California at Berkeley, and both M.S. and B.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Taqhi Mohammed works as Supervisor - ITS and Transportation Engineering at Pace Suburban Bus Service. Taqhi has more than 14 years of experience in the transit industry including Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Engineering, Transit Systems Engineering and Systems Planning fields, and currently manages Pace's Regional Transit Signal Priority Program for the six county suburban Chicago region.  Prior to joining Pace, Taqhi worked as Research Assistant for Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). He holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering with Advanced Transportation Systems concentration and Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. Taqhi attended Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Texas A&M University and Madras University.

Members: $40
Non-Members: $50
Students/Public Sector: $30
*Illinois Section Sponsor Codes are valid for this event. 

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5:30pm 5:30pm

Spring Social - Ace Bounce

There is nothing better than Chicago in the Spring time, and what better way to celebrate, than enjoying the end of winter and the competition of P.E./S.E exams for some members. Add some table tennis plus networking to the mix and you have our spring social. 

Please join us at Ace Bounce in Chicago for a night of games and networking with your fellow Transportation Engineers and our friends from the ASCE Young Members Group (YMG).  There is no cost for the event!  Light appetizers will be included.  Drinks will not be provided free of charge but can be purchased separately by attendees.

Public parking is available nearby in the garage at 200 N Clark St (south of AceBounce) and is just $10 for AceBounce guests.

For those that chose to take public transportation, Ace Bounce is just steps away from the Clark/Lake stop for Blue, Pink, Brown, Orange, Green and Purple line commuters.  The State/Lake Red Line stop is just a brief walk away for Red line riders. 

Cost: FREE to all that register (includes light appetizers)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 4 Prior to 5 PM
For Registration: CLICK HERE

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April Technical Webinar: Introducing the Guidelines for Implementing Managed Lanes

ITE is hosting a webinar as an event for the benefit of ITE members and guests. The event will be shown at AECOM's office in Chicago, IL and 2 PDH's will be available to attendees after the webinar event. 

Registration Deadline: Wednesday April 5, 2017
Cost: Students $20; Non-members $30; Members $25 (Private), $20 (Public); Sponsor $0 (Please request)

This webinar will cover research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 835: Guidelines for Implementing Managed Lanes. This report provides guidance for transportation agencies interested in designing, implementing, operating, and maintaining managed lanes. In recent years, new managed lane tools, strategies, policies, and services have been developed. These new practices can influence the ways in which practitioners apply managed lanes. The presenters will discuss highlights from major chapters in the guide, focusing on the latest research and practice.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role managed lanes serve; the different managed lane strategies and facility types; and the experiences in the application of managed lanes
  • Understand how to apply specific types of treatments to common operational and design settings, and how the research affects the latest design applications
  • Describe the lessons learned among the projects in operation, with emphasis on the most common types of managed lanes applying tolling as one of the management tools
  • Discuss what materials in the new managed lanes guide are most critical to a participant's role in managed lane implementation


  • Kay Fitzpatrick, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Chuck Fuhs, Chuck Fuhs, LLC
  • Nick Wood, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • David Ungemah, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Marcus Brewer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Susan Chrysler, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
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March Luncheon: Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project

Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 for our March Luncheon, a presentation on the Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project, presented by Mr. Manar Nashif - Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.


Registration deadline: 12 pm Monday, March 27, 2017
Cost: Members $40; Non-Members $50; Students/Public sector $30
11:30 am Networking
12:00 pm Lunch & Presentations

The $3.4-billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project has the potential to change the face of Illinois' northwest suburbs and the Midwest region.  As the Tollway's largest-ever project, the EOWA project represents a fiscally responsible approach to address the area's diverse travel needs - improving travel efficiency, providing western access to O'Hare International Airport, creating opportunities for jobs and economic development, enhancing multi-modal connections, and reducing congestion.  The EOWA project is designated a "Project of National and Regional Significance" by the U.S. Department of Transportation due to its overall magnitude, potential to dramatically improve mobility, freight connectivity, and enhance the national and regional economies.

The EOWA project presented many challenges including being the first-ever freeway to toll road conversion in Illinois, first-ever use of federal funding for Illinois Tollway construction, and fast-track design delivery for I-290 Interchange Project.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the different phases of the project, discuss project challenges, and provide a project status update.

Manar Nashif is a Senior Project Engineer with the Illinois Tollway.  He has been with the Illinois Tollway since 2005 working in various capacities primarily in the design and construction phases of Illinois Tollway Capital Improvement projects.  Before that he worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign.

Be ready to be engaged in the discussion and expand your knowledge of this exciting project.

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