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Complete Streets Symposium

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July 25-26, 2013

Chicago Transit Authority Headquarters | Chicago, Illinois

In states, cities and local communities across the country, a movement is underway to make our nation's transportation network safer and more livable for all users -- including drivers, bicyclists, commercial vehicle operators, transit drivers and riders, and pedestrians of all ages.  

Attend the next installment of ITS America's regional event series, the Chicago Complete Streets Symposium, to learn firsthand about the latest developments in Complete Street technology, ITS solutions and public space applications.

Program Highlights


Keynote Speaker

Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy

U.S. Department of Transportation

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Gabe Klein

Luncheon Keynote Speaker 

Commissioner Gabe Klein

Chicago Department of Transportation

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"As the Transportation Commissioner for the City of Chicago, and a Board member of ITS America, I encourage everyone from the transportation community to participate and promote the use of technology to solve local transportation problems as they relate to safety, mobility, and providing Complete Streets for all. I hope you will join us for what promises to be a very exciting event." - Commissioner Gabe Klein

Symposium Program

Day One: Thursday, July 25th     

8:00  –  9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Complete Streets and ITS

Beth Osborne, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Sponsor Spotlights | TranSystems | Trapeze

10:10 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Panel 1: True Mobility: Riding, Biking & Walking within the Complete Streets Program 

Moderator: Carol Schweiger, TranSystems


  • Janet Attarian, City of Chicago
  • Mike Noblett, International Business Machines, Corp. (IBM)
  • Stefanie Seskin, Complete Streets Coalition
  • Craig Williams, Alta Bike Share
  • Craig Lang, Clever Devices, Ltd.

11:40 a.m. Sponsor Spotlights | Cubic | HERE

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon Keynote

  • Gabe Klein, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation 

1:30 p.m. Sponsor Spotlight | Iteris

1:40 – 2:50 p.m. Panel 2: Traffic Light & Signal Technology: Lighting the Way for Bikes, Pedestrians & Transit

Moderator: Sabrina Sussman, ITS America


  • Michael Bolton, PACE Bus System 
  • Farhad Pooran, Telvent/Schneider Electric
  • Mike Shea, Econolite Group, Inc.
  • Steve Smith, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Ramin Massoumi, Iteris 

2:50 p.m. Sponsor Spotlight | LightGuard Systems

3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Networking Break 

3:15 p.m. Sponsor Spotlight | Xerox Corporation 

3:30 – 4:40 p.m. Panel 3: Smart Parking and Big Data for Complete Streets

Moderator: Peter Skosey, Metropolitan Planning Council


  • Matt Darst, Xerox Corporation
  • Greg Fiorindo, Streetline, Inc.
  • John Tolva, City of Chicago
  • Scott Kulby, Chicago Department of Transportation
  • Brent Paxton, ParkMobile

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Reception | New Line Tavern Side Car | 201 N. Clinton, Chicago, IL


Day Two: Friday, July 26th

8:00  – 8:30 a.m. Registration | Networking | Continental Breakfast Provided by America Traffic Solutions

8:30 a.m. Sponsor Spotlights America Traffic Solutions | Sensys Networks | Traffic Control Corporation


8:40  – 10:00 a.m. Panel 4: Safety First: The Role of Detection Technologies

Moderator: Mark Fayta, Iteris


  • Dan Dietrich, FLIR
  • Ray Schreiber, Sensys Networks
  • Jim Tuton, CEO of American Traffic Solutions
  • David Zavattero, Chicago Department of Transportation

10:00  – 10:40 a.m. Smart Solution Spotlight Award Presentation | Chicago Department of Transportation

11:00 - 1:30 p.m. Chicago City Transportation Tours (more info available below)

1:30 p.m. Adjourn

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Multimodal Tours of Chicago

Sign up for one of the following tours as part of the Complete Streets event:

Tour One | Chicago by Bike:

Explore Chicago’s bike system including the revolutionary Protected Bike Lane on Dearborn Street thru the heart of Chicago’s loop.  Learn how the implementation of technological improvements such as dedicated bike signals and sensors has increased compliance with traffic laws.  You’ll get a chance to ride one of Chicago’s brand new Divvy Bike Share bikes through the city, and learn how the Divvy system works. The guided tour will also include two demonstrations of bicycle focused, traffic control technology.

Tour Two | Chicago Riverwalk:

The Chicago River is a treasured piece of the Chicago experience. On this tour, enjoy a view of the river from the best possible seat- on a boat. See how Chicago is revitalizing this iconic, but long neglected asset by opening up the Chicago River to residents and visitors alike.  With the assistance of a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan from US DOT, the City of Chicago is transforming the Chicago Riverwalk into a safe pedestrian corridor and a destination. This tour will include a boat ride and a guided walking tour.

Tour Three | Chicago Transit Authority Control Center:

The CTA control center is a central facility for real-time monitoring and management of its rail and bus service as well as security systems. Staff members are assigned around the clock to the systems, with the responsibility of tracking locations of buses and trains.  Communication with operators and field supervisory forces are possible to resolve service and security related issues in real time. This tour will include a ride on the Chicago Transit system, the L, as well as a private tour inside of the Control Center. 



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