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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chicago - Chicago Union Station Redevelopment

11:30 AM - 01:00 PM Central Standard Time

Please join us for an in-depth look at the history of Chicago’s Union Station and an overview on recent redevelopment changes. We will also hear about future growth opportunities to meet the region’s growth demand. Redevelopment. This robust informative conversation with feature Rina Cutler (Amtrak), Don Orseno (Metra), Leanne Redden (RTA) and Rebekah Scheinfeld (CDOT).

Date: Thursday, May 11th

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm; program begins at 12:00pm

Location: Fogo de Chao – 661 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL

Cost: Member - $50.00, Non-Member - $60.00, Student – $30.00


Please contact Elizabeth Carmignani at ecarmignani@hntb.com with any questions about this event.

Rina Cutler began working at Amtrak in April of 2015 as the Senior Director of Major Stations Planning and Development for the Northeast Corridor Development Group.  She is responsible for advancing large scale, multi-party master plans and development projects for Amtrak’s largest stations in the Northeast Corridor and Chicago. In this role she is working with the development community to prepare for TOD and air rights development for the stations in her portfolio. These projects will seek to maximize the performance of these major stations including the optimization of revenue and private equity as well as commercial and development opportunities.



Don Orseno is the Executive Director/CEO of Metra. Mr. Orseno provides overall leadership and direction to all of Metra’s Administrative and Operating areas to ensure that Metra achieves its Mission, Vision and Strategic Goals.  Financial responsibility includes oversight of Metra’s budget, which totaled over $1 billion for operations and capital in 2016.  Metra is geographically one of the largest commuter rail systems in the nation, serving a six-county region of more than 3,700 square miles.





Leanne Redden was appointed executive director of the RTA in October, 2014. In her role as executive director, Redden heads the unit of local government charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Bus and ADA Paratransit (the Service Boards). Before joining the RTA, Redden was Chief of Planning for the Illinois Tollway and Director of Transportation for the Village of Schaumburg. Redden was named 2015 “Woman of the Year” by the Chicago chapter of Women in Transportation.




Rebekah Scheinfeld was appointed Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January 2014 with the direction to continue the critical work of making sure Chicago has a strong, vibrant, accessible transportation network that provides a foundation for a thriving economy in the 21st Century. In her time at the helm of CDOT, she has led the Emanuel Administration’s key transportation initiatives, including an unprecedented amount of street repair and resurfacing, as well as major capital investments that are completed or underway,  such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Loop Link, the Union Station Transit Center, construction of The 606 Trail, the Navy Pier Flyover, new CTA elevated stations at Washington-Wabash and Cermak Road, and a major freight rail grade separation project, as part of the CREATE Program, at 130th Street and Torrence Avenue. In addition, she has spearheaded investments in bicycle infrastructure throughout Chicago and the growth of the popular Divvy bike share program, the City’s newest transit system. In September of 2016, Chicago was named Best Bike City in America by Bicycling magazine.


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