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September 2018 Lunch Program and Facility Tour: Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (1-90) SmartRoad

  • Illinois Tollway Office 2700 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove United States (map)

Sponsored by the Illinois Section of ITE and the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of the Midwest and Hosted by the Illinois Tollway and Pace Suburban Bus Service

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Please join us on Friday, September 21st for a presentation, tour and luncheon hosted by the Illinois Tollway and PACE Suburban Bus service on the I-90 Jane Adams Expressway SmartRoad.


The Illinois State Highway Toll Authority recently completed a project to rebuild and widen 62 miles of the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (1-90) as a 21st century, state-of-the-art transportation corridor. The $2.5 billion project has increased capacity, reduced traffic delays and will strengthen economic activity between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan regions. The new roadway incorporates the latest ITS technologies in support of active traffic management and integrated transit to make the roadway safer and more efficient for Tollway customers.

Please come join us to learn more about how these exciting innovations are being used to manage traffic 24/7.

9:30 AM - Coffee & Traffic Operations Center Tour
10:30 - I-90 ATM and Roselle Road Park and Ride Tour
12:30 PM - Lunch

Member: $25
Non-members: $35
Students/Public Sector: $20

We'll start at the Tollway's office (in Downers Grove)with coffee and refreshments, followed by a short tour of the Tollway's Traffic Operations Center (TOC) to see first hand how SmartRoad operations are managed remotely by Tollway Traffic Operations staff.   Attendees will then board buses provided by PACE where they'll be provided with a presentation on the Smart Road while touring a section of the I-90 SmartRoad.  Participants will then arrive at the new Pace (on-highway) bus station located at the I-90 and Barrington Road interchange where participants will tour the facility and see a live demonstration of the ATM (Advanced Traffic Management) system from the station's pedestrian overpass.  The day will be concluded with transport back to the Tollway's office and a luncheon.  


Illinois ITE and ITS Midwest are pleased to have the following presenters:

Amarpal Matharu, P.E., MBA works with the Illinois Tollway as their Traffic Operations Manager. He oversees planning, design and implementation of ITS devices and Traffic Operations for the Illinois tollway. Prior to his time with the Illinois Tollway, Mr. Matharu worked with CH2M HILL, AMEC and Edwards and Kelcey in New York City.  Mr. Matharu holds an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina, an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the City University of New York.  He is a Professional Engineer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Mr. Matharu has over 22 years of experience in roadway planning and design, ITS, traffic operations and safety.  Mr. Matharu also has interest in CV/AV technologies.  Mr. Matharu is a past President for the Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an office he held in 2008.

Charlotte Obodzinski, AICP is the Supervisor of Pace's Rapid Transit Program.  She started at the agency in 2008 after earning her bachelor's and master's degrees in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Obodzinski has held various positions including Service Planner and Rapid Transit Program Manager before assuming her current position as supervisor for the planning of rapid transit services on major arterials and highways in 2017, overseeing the associated planning and engineering work.  Her current projects include a partnership with the Illinois Tollway to develop an express bus network with support facilities along the I-90 and future corridors as well as the development and implementation.  Charlotte currently serves on the Illinois APA steering committee, Arlington Heights Bike and Pedestrian Commission and is a member of WTS and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Scott Lee, P.E. is Chief Engineer of Innovation and Technology at Transmart/EJM, with 25 years of ITS and traffic operations design and deployment experience. He has worked on a wide variety of nationwide ATMS, ATIS, and traffic signal optimization projects. He was Parsons Project Manager and designer for the ISTHA Traffic and Incident Management System (TIMS), including the Smart Road applications.  He still supports operational improvements to the system since joining Transmart/EJM in February of 2018.  Scott is a University of Illinois graduate in Civil Engineering. 

You'll not want to miss this exciting opportunity to get a first hand glimpse of how other future expressways in the region will be operated with these exciting innovations to provide a safer and more efficient service to all users.  


Registration deadline: 12 pm on September 19, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact Thomas Szabo, IL ITE Activities Director at