Chicago has always been a hub of transportation in North America, so it’s logical that the city should host a local chapter of the TRF. Chapter officers and members meet quarterly to discuss the newest transportation innovations and research at local universities, and at planning and operating agencies throughout the region.

The Chicago chapter builds on a long history of TRF activity in the Windy City. While that activity gradually faded as large railroads left the city as a result of bankruptcies and mergers, today, a third of the nation’s rail freight originates, terminates or passes through Chicago. It is home to the nation’s busiest airport and second largest transit system. Its highway system is large and complex. The Chicago chapter of TRF provides a unique forum for transportation researchers and professionals that serve this large and complex system to share ideas, address challenges and build on opportunities facing the Chicago area.


Chicago Chapter “Members only” Reception

Guest:  Beth McCluskey, Director of the Office of Intermodal Project Implementation, Illinois Department of Transportation
Wednesday, November 14, 2018.    5 – 6:30 p.m.   Location: Pazzos 311, 311 S Wacker


Come to our special after-work gathering with Beth McCluskey, Director of the Office of Intermodal Project Implementation at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Enjoy your favorite beverage, expand your network and then join in our relaxed discussion and Q&A with Ms. McCluskey, which will begin at 5:45pm and will highlight her experiences leading different state-wide transportation projects. RSVP: Free for members of TRF, email to reserve your space. Non-members may attend by registering for TRF and your membership will be good through 2019. Click here for more information.


2017 – 2018 Chicago Chapter Officers

President | Joseph Schwieterman, DePaul University
Vice President, Programs | Laurence Audenaerd
Vice President, Membership | Ken Dallmeyer
Secretary/Treasurer | Mark Boyle, Village of Lisle
Chapter Communications | Dana Yanocha, DePaul University

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Photos: Gareth Pon