Transportation Summit 2013

Transportation Summit 2013



The 2013 CNU Transportation Summit is being held in Chicago, IL, November 21-22, 2013. The summit is co-hosted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in the Willis Tower at 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800.

CNU Transportation Summits are meetings where experts gather to challenge the status quo of transportation engineering and advance the practice of new urbanist street design. Outcomes from previous CNU summits include: Highways to Boulevards Initiative, CNU/ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual, Sustainable Street Network Principles, and Street Vitality Index.

The summit will focus on advancing reforms through working groups. Here are some snapshots from the 2012 summit. Over the two-day working meeting, groups will compile a cohesive to-do list for the future, as well as an immediate work plan for the next year. Please review the Project for Transportation Reform in preparation for the meeting.

Working Groups for the 2013 Transportation Summit
  • Transit Networks
  • Transportation Modeling Reform
  • Street Vitality Index
  • Street Design
  • Bikeway Networks

Summit Schedule

  Thursday | November 21
        9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Opening keynote and working groups
        1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Tours
        6:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Evening Reception
           14 East Jackson Boulevard, DePaul University, Suite 1601
           Gabe Klein, Commissioner, City of Chicago, will be honored.
           Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served

  Friday | November 22
        9:00 am - 10:00 am: Groups report and set agenda for day
        10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Working groups
        12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch and keynote
        1:00 - 3:30 pm: Working groups
        3:30 - 5:00 pm: Groups report out and set agenda for year

  Saturday | November 23
        *10:00 am - 1:00 pm: Optional tours
        *Open to the public, small additional fee


The 2013 Transportation Summit is an opportunity to present ideas and work towards reforming transportation standards that obstruct urbanism. This year, CNU will collaborate with CMAP to focus on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line extension and other transportation initiatives within GOTO 2040, the regional plan of Northeast Illinois. The Summit also features a set of tours, each one complementing the initiatives and lessons of a specific working group. Visit the Tours page for full details. Tours will explore:

Hotels and Travel

While there is no designated hotel, the summit will be located in the Willis Tower at 233 S. Wacker Drive in the heart of downtown Chicago with numerous hotels to choose from. The area's major airports are accessible by rail. View the map below for some suggested accommodations nearby.

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The CTA offers a convenient travel option by bus or train. Click here for more information on 3- and 7-day passes. Also make sure to use transit trackers to coordinate your trips and plan your trip from the airport.


Register now on our Registration Page. Prices are just $225 for CNU members and $275 for non-members until November 12.

View or download our Save the Date announcement. Header photograph by Steven Vance.

Summit Hosts

Summit Sponsors

For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Matt Wilson at 312-551-7300 x15   2013 Sponsorship Form (PDF)

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