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Announcing the Jacky Fund

Making Jacky Grimshaw a sustainable resource, preparing Black and Brown women for leadership roles in transportation in Chicago and beyond

For four decades, Jacky Grimshaw, CNT’s Vice President for Government Relations, has been one of a few women leaders of color influencing transportation decision-making. Over her 30+ year career at CNT, Jacky Grimshaw has brought creativity, public policy expertise, and mediation skills to leverage public resources for transportation policy that serves people and communities.

CNT seeks to make Jacky’s vision, experience, knowledge, and drive a renewable resource by creating a pipeline of Black and Brown women who are prepared to take on leadership roles in the sector. The Fund will support a new program of full-time fellowships and internships at CNT for women of color.


Climate & Cultural Resilience program is now Nature Near Transit

  Dedicated volunteer garden stewards gathered at Overton Center for Excellence in Bronzeville on the first day of fall, Saturday, September 23 to bring new life to the rain garden located on the east edge of the former elementary school property, an 8-minute stroll from the 51st Street Green Line station.   Through our Climate and Cultural Resilience program, recently renamed Nature Near Transit to better capture the essence of the work, CNT helped establish the east-... Continue reading »


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Building Capacity and Connecting Communities

by CNT and members of the Transportation Equity Network (TEN)
November 21, 2022

Building Capacity and Connecting Communities provides a guidebook on how to best engage vulnerable communities in transportation knowledge and capacity-building. CNT partnered with six community-based organizations, all members of the Transportation Equity Network (TEN) and all representing the interests of community members who are often excluded in transportation decision-making. The organizations shared their approach to capacity and knowledge building. Common themes included experience and exposure as the best teachers, the importance of increasing transportation literacy, and using lived experiences to better understand projects.

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Flooded basements are becoming more common in Chicago. Here’s what you (and city officials) can do.

WBEZ Curious City | October 19, 2023

It’s an all-too-familiar scene: Chicago gets hit with fast, heavy rain, and then the city is left with sewage backup and flooded basements. It’s a costly headache for residents and the city, and over the years, it’s gotten many Curious City listeners wondering why this happens so often and what can be done about it.

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