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Planning & Design Annual Conference




Attend the largest transportation planning and design event of the year, IRTBA Planning & Design Annual Conference 2022, "Bringing Communities Together" on Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 12:00p-5:00p at the Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook. 

IRTBA is pleased to welcome Federal Transit Administrator, Nuria Fernandez as the keynote speaker. With over 35 years of experience, Fernandez has made a name for herself as an inspiring leader in the transportation industry. She came to FTA after serving as General Manager and CEO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), where she was responsible for 2,100 employees and oversaw projects, programs, and transit services that provide mobility solutions for more than two million people who live and work in the Silicon Valley. Read more about Nuria Fernandez here. 

The conference will also feature panel discussions focusing on projects that will bring communities together. 

Calling an Audible:  Bears Stadium Impact on Regional Transportation Infrastructure
Everybody’s talking about the Bears move to Arlington Heights, but few have mentioned how the redevelopment of Arlington Park will impact area infrastructure. The Chicago Bears intend to redevelop the 326-acre parcel to include a stadium, as well as entertainment, hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments. This site will become a major destination in the Chicagoland region within a few years. The panelists will go into a deep dive on how a major new destination in the Northwest Suburbs will reshape the region, open opportunities for improving aging infrastructure, and lead the way to new transportation amenities.  

Yes, We Can!  Making the 290 Corridor a Reality
The “Ike” was designed when Eisenhower was President. Planned to handle 40,000 vehicles daily, it is now choked with over 200,000 cars and trucks every day, making it the most congested highway in North America. The CTA Blue Line shares right of way with I-290, and it is due for serious improvements as well. Both the Blue Line and the Eisenhower expressway were built by dividing communities. Panelists will address how the 290-Corridor project can meet the Biden Administration’s goal of reconnecting and revitalizing communities, improving mobility, and enhancing alternative transportation modes. 

What the El?   Extending the CTA Red Line
The Chicago Transit Authority proposal to extend the Red Line from the existing terminal at 95th/Dan Ryan to 130th Street would be the most significant addition to the CTA in decades. The proposed 5.6-mile extension would include four new stations in what is now considered a transit desert. Multimodal connections at each station would include bus, bike, pedestrian, and park & ride facilities. Panelists will discuss funding, planning, engineering, construction, design-build, and community relations associated with this major undertaking.  

Network with your peers, meet new leaders in State government and Illinois State agency leadership, and also get up to speed on the latest trends in the industry at IRTBA's Planning & Design Annual Conference.Three (3) Professional Development Hours (PDH) will be awarded to attendees.

Registration is $195 for members - all registration must be completed online. Deadline to register is Friday, August 5th

Members should note that this event is not exclusive to Planning & Design members -- all interested parties are welcome to attend.  


The Hyatt Lodge, Prairie Ballroom
2815 Jorie Boulevard, Oakbrook, Illinois 60523



IRTBA members are reminded that the Board of Directors has enacted a policy concerning guests at IRTBA events. No elected official may attend an IRTBA event without prior approval of the Board of Directors. Agency staff continues to be welcome at events. IRTBA events are for MEMBERS and PRE-APPROVED PROSPECTIVE MEMBER GUESTS ONLY.






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