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Feb 22 2024

The Outlook for Paratransit Across Metropolitan Chicago in 2024

UTC Spring Seminar Series

February 22, 2024

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Online Presentation


No cost

Online presentation on paratransit outlook for Metropolitan Chicago in 2024

The debut UTC Seminar Series presentation for Spring 2024 will focus on a wide range of issues and developments involving paratransit services across metropolitan Chicago.

Speakers from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) will tackle funding, right-of-way challenges, reduced fare programs, ADA paratransit eligibility and more. Registration is open for “The Out for Paratransit Across Metropolitan Chicago in 2024.”

The event will be held February 22 from noon to 1 pm and will be presented on zoom. Learn more and register.

A zoom link will be sent prior to the presentation.


Edward Bury

Date posted

Feb 8, 2024

Date updated

Feb 12, 2024


Nikolas Merten, MPA | Associate Policy Analyst, Regional Policy and Implementation | Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Nikolas Merten is an associate policy analyst at CMAP working on transportation funding and policy. He has researched how we fund the paratransit mandate in northeastern Illinois and its current fiscal implications for the regional transit system.

Jaemi Jackson, AICP | Accessible Communities Program Manager | Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Jaemi's planning experience includes positions in local government, consulting, and non-profit fields, and she is currently working to make the Northeastern Illinois region more accessible through a multifaceted program aimed at improving municipal transportation infrastructure.

Katie Garrity, LCSW | Mobility Outreach Coordinator | Regional Transportation Authority

Katie received her Master of Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Katie has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and families involved in the child welfare system.

Kendra Johnson | Associate on the RTA's Government Affairs team | Regional Transportation Authority

Kendra received her B.A. in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban Studies, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from DePaul University. Prior to the RTA, she worked for the Northwest Municipal Conference as their Program Manager for Transportation, programming federal funds for local transportation projects.