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January Luncheon: CREATE and CTCO: Improving the Chicago Rail Gateway

Wed January 15 · 11:30 AM - 01:15 PM · East Bank Club

East Bank Club
500 N Kingsbury
Chicago, IL 60654

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The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) and The Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO) are two programs with similar goals: to improve rail traffic flow and congestion issues and enhance communication between freight and passenger rail trains in the Chicago area.

CREATE is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the US DOT, the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak and the nation’s freight railroads. The CREATE program, created in 2003, will invest billions of dollars in critically needed improvements to increase the efficiency of the region’s passenger and freight rail infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for Chicago-area residents. But CREATE isn’t the only way railroads are trying to ease congestion in Chicago. The CTCO was established by the railroads in 2003 to focus on process improvements and enhanced communication to help trains flow better through the region.

Join speakers Dave Nelson, CTCO’s General Manager of Operations for Canadian Pacific, Bill Thompson, CREATE’s Railroad Program Manager, and Jeff Sriver, CDOT’s Director of Transportation Planning and Services  in a discussion about the goals and progress of the CTCO and the CREATE railroad program, project highlights and upcoming opportunities for work.

Speaker: Bill Thompson, PE | CREATE Railroad Program Manager
Bill Thompson is a 35-year rail veteran with 23 years of experience with Union Pacific Corp. Mr. Thompson was named CREATE’s Railroad Program Manager in 2004 and was tasked with overseeing the development of 70 projects, 36 of them freight-specific.

Speaker: Dave Nelson | CTCO General Manager of Operations, Canadian Pacific Railway
Dave Nelson has 44 years of rail experience; 13 years with the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad and 31 years with Canadian Pacific. He has been the CTCO’s General Manager of Operations for Canadian Pacific since 2012, a post that rotates among CTCO railroad members every three years, with Mr. Nelson’s term expiring at the end of 2014.

Speaker: Jeff Sriver | Director of Transportation Planning and Services, Chicago Department of Transportation
Jeff Sriver joined the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) in 2009 and currently serves as its Director of Transportation Planning and Services. In this capacity he is responsible for oversight of CDOT’s transportation planning activities, traffic engineering, grant programming, and special services. CDOT’s planning activities encompass: all city streets and highways; sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails; bus and rail transit infrastructure; and truck and freight rail facilities. Jeff also leads CDOT’s participation in the CREATE Program, a $3.8 billion region-wide freight and passenger railroad infrastructure improvement plan, as well as CDOT’s award-winning Union Station Master Planning efforts in cooperation with Amtrak and Metra. Prior to joining CDOT, Jeff was a transportation consultant with Arup, a global engineering and planning consultancy. From 2000 through 2007 he worked for the Chicago Transit Authority in various capacities including General Manager of Strategic Planning, General Manager of Construction, and Manager of Resource Planning. Before joining CTA, Jeff managed projects related to public transit development in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and South America for a Japan-based international development consulting firm. Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters in Transportation from MIT.


Cost: $50 members | $95 non-members

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Walk-ins will be charged an additional $25 for day of registration. Walk-ins are anyone desiring to register after the registration close at 5:00 pm the Monday prior to the program. 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations may be made up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund by contacting smpschicago@gmail.com . Pre-registered “no-shows” are responsible for the full cost of registration plus service charge and will be billed accordingly. If you paid by credit card, you card will be credited. If you pay by check a refund will be mailed to you within 10 business days.