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RTA to investigate Metra CEO severance package; Board briefed on Ventra system implementation

At the start of Wednesday’s Regional Transportation Authority monthly board meeting RTA Chairman John Gates said that RTA staff will look into the severance package given to former Metra CEO Alex Clifford.

“Our staff will be looking into the approval of that,” Gates said. “It is certainly the purview of Metra to hire and fire who they please. However, the responsible use of taxpayer assets and the financial oversight and audit of the service boards is something that we’ll be looking into on this particular issue.”

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The Metra Board of Directors on Friday expressed frustration with cost estimates for plans to provide free wireless Internet on passenger trains, and the matter was sent back to the committee level.

In January, Metra entered into a $200,000 contract with San Francisco-based Xentrans for the company to first study the Wi-Fi issue, and second put forth a Request for Proposals to private vendors capable of supplying Wi-Fi on trains system-wide.