ASP Chicago: The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for Chicago and Northeastern Illinois
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ASP Chicago: The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for Chicago and Northeastern Illinois

Come learn and collaborate with industry professionals with ASP Chicago's first Fall event. We are pleased to have Jill Leary - Senior Deputy Executive Director, Planning and Capital Programming, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) join us. She will present the 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for Chicago and Northeastern Illinois.

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
5:30 - 8:00 PM (CT)
Where: Archer Daniels Midland Headquarters, Boardroom
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4600
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Presenter: Jill Leary, Senior Deputy Executive Director, Regional Transportation Authority
Contact: Jennie Benjamins
1-844-345-2828 ext 229

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ASP Chicago Presents: 

The 2018-2023 Regional Transit Strategic Plan for Chicago and Northeastern Illinois

Each day, Northeastern Illinois and the City of Chicago depend on safe, reliable trains and buses to get two million riders where they need to go. Mass transit relieves highway congestion, contributes to the regional economy, and benefits society as a whole.

The region’s Transit Agencies – the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra Commuter Rail, Pace Suburban Bus, and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) – are carrying one of the largest transit-riding populations in the nation on old systems that are expensive to operate. 

Yet, the agencies are on uneven financial footing. Capital funding is unpredictable, state funding is chronically lacking, and creative local funding is not enough. Invest in Transit is the region’s case for pursuing dependable funding streams that will enable the Transit Agencies to provide vital service well into the future.

Here’s what you’ll walk away with:

  • Learn about the RTA and their role in Northeastern Illinois.
  • Explore the process that went into crafting the 5-year strategic plan.
  • Learn about the goals and policy statements that provide a foundation for the plan.
  • Understand the capital funding issues our regional public transportation system faces and the consequences from disinvestment.
  • Explore examples of projects that could be funded with sufficient investment.


About Jill Leary

Jill Leary is the RTA’s senior Deputy Executive Director, Capital Programming, Planning and Performance. She oversees the agency's funding programs, planning and implementation, five-year capital program development process, transit performance measures, and the RTA Strategic Plan.

Prior to joining the RTA, Leary served as the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the regional planning agency for metropolitan Chicago. She worked to consolidate two predecessor agencies, the Chicago Area Transportation Study and the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, to create CMAP and then managed the agency’s executive staff, oversaw the daily operations, and assisted in developing and guiding policy and planning for the agency and the board.  Previous to CMAP, Leary was a planning liaison at West Central Municipal Conference, coordinating and implementing transportation planning and funding for municipalities with county, regional, state and federal agencies. Additionally, Leary served as a program auditor with the South Carolina Legislative Audit Council, auditing state agencies and programs.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Leary has a Bachelor of Science in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois in Springfield. Leary currently lives in Chicago and is an avid public transportation rider.


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