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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

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Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Friday, October 13, 2017

DuPage Public Transit Conference Explores High Tech in Transportation

DuPage County hosted the John Noel Public Transit Conference featuring speakers from the Contra Costa County, Calif. GoMentum Program and Argonne National Laboratory Transportation Research Group.  

Contra Costa County GoMentum Leader Jack Hall told attendees about county partnerships with private and state, federal and local public entities for the development of innovative transportation systems and autonomous transit.  

DuPage County Public Transit Committee Chairman Pete DiCianni said, “This is a very exciting program that is a model of collaboration for all of us to carefully consider.  Here in DuPage, we are fortunate to work closely with Argonne National Laboratory as we examine ways to connect transit and technology to provide solutions for commuters, and maintain DuPage County’s standing as a competitive entity in the Midwest’s transit systems.

Argonne National Laboratory's Director of Transportation Research Ann Schlenker discussed her group's efforts regarding Smart Cities and the deployment of technology that will allow transportation and transit agencies to operate more efficiently and to better inform their users. 

The theme of this year’s conference was Smart Cities/Smart Counties.  During his opening remarks, RTA Chairman Kirk Dillard pointed to several areas in which the RTA was pivotal in bringing new technology to improve mass transit for customers. Dillard said, “We need a robust communications network along roads.  That can include Transit Signal Priority, which is able to sync stop lights with bus routes to provide riders with a faster and more efficient travel experience, especially when a bus is running late.”  

The John Noel Conference annually brings together leaders of the regional public transit providers to share past successes, describe the evolution of public transit services and learn about pertinent topics pertaining to public transit services in DuPage County.