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A note from our Board Chair

Happy New Year YPTCHI!

I hope everyone had a safe, enjoyable holiday season with minimal travel hassles. My holiday trip home was CTA Blue Line to a flight out of O’Hare, and return trip was Amtrak to Union Station and CTA bus home from there. I like to keep it multimodal.

If you are looking for a New Year’s resolution, make it increased networking within the transportation field. At YPT events and through our Facebook page, you can find like-minded people or, alternately, individuals with a different point of view than yours. Whoever you want to know better, it’s likely they’ve been to one of our events. And when you consider what puts the ‘Y’ in YPT, there’s a good chance you’ll meet the next generation of innovators and industry leaders, just by extending a hand or swapping cards.

This will be an event-filled year, including a bar crawl on the new 606 trail, guest speakers, and the usual mix of unique transit facility and bike tours that you can only enjoy as a member of YPT Chicago chapter.

We look forward to seeing you during a safe, productive 2016. If you have any questions, ideas, etc., please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address below.

Charlie Monte Verde
Chair, YPT-Chicago

Welcome to our new Board!

Deputy Chair
Kelsey Watterworth works as a transportation engineer at Jacobs Engineering. She was first introduced to YPT in 2011 while interning in DC and has been involved with the Chicago chapter for the past few years, now serving as the Deputy Chair. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Chicago neighborhoods (mostly through food) and training for her next triathlon. 
Vice Chair for Administration
Karen Rogulja has lived and worked in Chicago since 2012 and was drawn to YPT because of the exciting networking and learning opportunities the YPT Board provides for transportation professionals of all backgrounds in Chicago. Karen works in the Strategic Consulting group at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Vice Chair of Programs
Emma Chapman works in transportation because everyone needs and uses its networks, and a single improvement quickly helps many people. She currently is an Associate Director in Fitch Ratings' Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group analyzing transportation credits across all sectors of Fitch’s transportation portfolio. Emma co-founded YPT’s New York City Chapter, is in her second year as Program’s Chair on the YPT Chicago Board, and is in her fourth year as the Sponsorship Chair for the YPT International Board of Directors.
Vice Chair of Programs
Chris Carroll currently works at United Airlines as a revenue analyst and has lived in Chicago for a little over two years.  He joined YPT because he is passionate about all things transportation and is excited about the future growth of YPT Chicago.  Chris currently serves as co-director of event planning for YPT Chicago. Please feel free to email Chris with any ideas or suggestions for events you want YPT to host in Chicago!  
Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance
Steve Brown is a Senior Transit Planner with HNTB, where he has worked since 2013. Steve joined the YPT Chicago board as Vice Chair for Finance in 2013. 
Director of Communications
Tom Gliszewski is currently a Senior Marketing Coordinator for Alta Planning + Design in Chicago. He joined YPT in 2015 after attending the Divvy Bikes Operations Center tour.
YPT Chicago Chair
Charlie Monte Verde is in the Government Affairs department for Amtrak in Chicago. He previously worked for a New York State senator, and started his transportation career in a family-owned regional railroad company, Genesee Valley Transportation.

Upcoming Events

New Year Happy Hour
Join us at 5:00 PM on Thursday, January 28th at Monk's Pub for YPTChi's first happy hour of 2016! Monk's Pub is located at 205 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606. RSVP for the event!.
Urban Drink and Think
The Metropolitan Planning Council will host a discussion with Janette Sadik-Kahnn on March 29, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Sadik-Kahn will describe the effective and dramatic approach she took to make the streets of New York safer, less congested and more pedestrian and retail friendly as commissioner of the New York City Dept. of Transportation.
Transport Chicago
YPT Chicago will be a sponsor again for Chicago's premiere transportation conference, Transport Chicago. Stay tuned for a special YPT-sponsored event!


Our premiere events are members only, so update your membership right now at! That way, all you’ll have to do for an event is click ‘register’ to attend our next event.

Chicago Transportation News


By Peter Gariepy, Amtrak 
2016 will be a banner year in the renaissance of Amtrak’s Chicago Union Station (CUS). America’s Railroad and key local stakeholders are preparing for a number of near and mid-term projects that will improve the safety, comfort and operation of Chicago’s busiest train station.
In early January 2016, construction began on a new Metropolitan Lounge for Amtrak’s business class and sleeping car passengers. This new first class lounge, scheduled to be completed in June 2016, will be located under the famed staircase featured in The Untouchables and will include improved amenities and street-level access to Canal Street. 
Additional projects include: 
  • Reconstruction under CDOT leadership of the Adams Street viaduct (underway)
  • The new Union Station Transportation Center (CDOT) will consolidate a number of CTA bus stops around CUS (underway, slated to open in the second half of 2016) 
  • Rehabilitation The 219-foot-long barrel-vaulted skylight that soars 115 feet over the historic Great Hall at Union Station and the integrated storm water drainage system
  • Mid-term improvements to CUS include a multi-stakeholder effort to advance accessibility and passenger comfort improvements that were identified in the city-led station master plan from 2012
  • Amtrak has also solicited interest for commercial development services that could shape the future of the facility’s surrounding area
Amtrak understands the importance of Chicago Union Station as part of our regional transportation portfolio. We relish the opportunity, with our stakeholders, to make waiting at, passing through, or making a connection from this iconic facility an improved experience for generations of travelers to come.
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Chicago Loop Link
The Loop Link bus rapid transit system debuted about a month ago. What do you think about it so far?

Fare Fights

Plummeting fuel costs have helped make it more profitable to add flights and seats. After shrugging off their lowest-cost rivals, the biggest U.S. airlines are now taking them head on.
Rideshare Apps
New services, as well as Divvy and car-sharing, are filling the gaps in Chicago transit.

Recent Events

Bi-Annual YPT Chicago Pub Crawl

Thank you to everyone who came out for our CTA Red Line pub crawl! We kicked it off at the Howard stop to head over to the Peckish Pig. Our next stop was at Lawrence and Fat Cat Chicago, going onward to Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden off the Belmont stop, and ended our pub crawl by CTA Red Line at Sully's House at North/Clybourn.

Speed Networking Event

Our joint event with WTS, ITE, and COMTO at CTA headquarters was a huge success! Thank you to all professional volunteers and students for attending. We had a great time hosting the event and look forward to partnering with these great organizations in the future.

O'Hare United Airlines Control Center Tour

YPT members went on a behind-the-scenes tour of one of United Airlines' largest hubs. The group learned how United manages its flights from the control center in Terminal C, and saw where flight crews go to debrief prior to flying. Following the tour, we headed to the Hilton for a round of drinks. 

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