The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors today unanimously approved a resolution naming Leanne Redden as Acting Executive Director effective March 1, 2014.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at the RTA and community leaders and elected officials from around the region to continue to improve our mass-transit system,” Redden said. “This is an exciting time for transit as we discuss how to properly fund and manage our transit system. I am committed to working to ensure that RTA continues to serve as an effective oversight agency.”

"Leanne has been a leader in the transportation community for 24 years, specifically in transit for eight, and I have every confidence she will succeed in this job. Her knowledge and extensive experience with the region’s Service Boards and transit agencies will truly be an asset to the agency," said RTA Chairman John S. Gates, Jr.

Redden has served as the RTA’s Senior Deputy Executive Director of Planning since 2005. She has been instrumental in developing strategic long range planning initiatives for the region’s transit system and was a key player in the 2008 Funding Reform Legislation. Under her leadership, the Planning Department completed the first Regional Market and Systems Analysis and Bus Rapid Transit work including the planning and engineering for region’s first bus-on-shoulder service in November 2011 and region-wide Traffic Signal Priority Program. In addition, with her guidance, the RTA Board of Directors adopted the 2013 Regional Transit Strategic Plan earlier this year; Redden’s team also oversaw the development of the first plan in 2007. Her group led the development of the region’s first Green Transit Plan and secured $40 million in federal funds to support the projects.

Redden received her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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