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It's time to merge metro Chicago's transit agencies

RTA chairman: Transit Task Force not ‘interested in facts’

Regional Transportation Authority Board Chairman John Gates responded Wednesday to recommendations made by Gov. Pat Quinn’s Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force to eliminate the agency, as well as the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and PACE, and then consolidate their functions under a single entity.

Under the current model of governance, each of the four agencies has its own board and executive staff. The task force called for the creation of one consolidated agency, where the CTA, Metra and Pace would be “operating divisions” without autonomous leadership.

New Metra leadership tries to escape past controversies

At Friday's board meeting, Metra's new leadership team of Chief Executive Officer Don Orseno and board Chairman Martin Oberman acted eager to move forward from recent controversies that have beset the commuter rail agency, including a delay-stricken January and the messy departure of former head Alex Clifford.


Metra's new team: able, but so much to do

Former Chicago alderman named Metra chairman

Ridership on CTA, Metra, Pace rose 1.9 percent from 2008-2012

Metra hearing to be held Feb. 10 in Naperville

Metra’s interim boss selected as permanent agency head

The Metra Board on Friday picked interim agency CEO Don Orseno as the permanent head for the scandal-scarred commuter rail agency, effective immediately.

The agency’s 11 board members unanimously voted for Orseno as CEO following a closed-door meeting during which the board interviewed four candidates for the leadership position.


Metra Board sets meeting to pick new chief

Quinn’s transit task force bemoans ‘fragmented’ status quo

A governor’s task force gave initial recommendations Monday on how to improve the performance of the Chicago region’s beleaguered transit systems.