The history of Transport Chicago dates back to 1986, when the first conference, then known as the Metropolitan Conference on Public Transportation Research (MCPTR), was held. The conference's founders recognized the importance of knowledge-sharing within the transportation community, and wanted to host an event that would be easily accessible for researchers and practitioners based in the Chicago area. Since its beginning, the conference has been organized by a volunteer committee.
The conference was sponsored by the University of Chicago from 1986 to 1988, and by the University of Illinois at Chicago from 1989 to 1992. The MCPTR was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1993, and has become financially self-sustaining. Over the years, the conference program has evolved to include an increasing number of practice-oriented presentations and coverage of a broader range of transport modes. The “Transport Chicago” name was adopted in 2000 to reflect the conference’s expansion in scope.
2016 CONFERENCE STEERING COMMITTEE
PRESIDENT: PRESIDENT: Josh Sikich - Central Ohio Transit Authority
VICE PRESIDENT: Christina Arthur - Chicago Transit Authority
TREASURER: Steven Brown - HNTB
SECRETARY: Nicole Nutter - Illinois Tollway
COMMUNICATIONS & SOCIAL MEDIA: Edward Bury - University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center | Kevin O'Neill, AECOM
OUTREACH: Angela Ng - EFK Moen, LLC
SITE COORDINATOR: Charlotte O'Donnell - Pace Suburban Bus
REGISTRATION: Baird Bream - Bronner Group | Matt Beamer - Ricondo & Associates
SESSIONS COORDINATOR: David Berman – Chicago Transit Authority | Elaine McKenzie - Cambridge Systematics
SPONSORSHIP COORDINATORS: Lisa Bahr - Cubic Corporation | Colin Fleming - Metro Strategies Inc.
WEB DESIGN: Jason Biernat - Chicago Transit Authority | Matthew Niemet - Chicago Transit Authority
SESSION ACCREDITATION COORDINATOR : Brian Hacker, Regional Transit Authority
Mary Ann Kaufman - University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Transportation Center | Rachael Minchella - Chicago Transit Authority | Brian Hacker - Regional Transit Authority of Northeastern Illinois | Adriana Hemzaceke - HDR, Inc. |
Benny Zheng - Chicago Transit Authority