About Us

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the unit of local government created to oversee finances, to secure funding, and to conduct transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace. The RTA manages these three Service Boards’ annual operating budgets and five-year capital programs. Also, to help riders with disabilities and older adults across Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, the RTA issues Reduced Fare and Ride Free permits, assesses eligibility for ADA Paratransit service, and oversees specialized travel training.

Stakeholders and news media should subscribe to stay abreast of RTA activities, which are featured on the News & Updates page (including press contacts and releases) and the Connections blog.

Board and Staff

Consistent with the RTA Act and by-laws, the agency is overseen by a 16-member Board of Directors that includes Chairman Kirk Dillard. The Board meets on the third Thursday of most months, and each meeting is streamed live and archived on YouTube.

The RTA Board and staff also receive input from the Citizens Advisory Board.

The RTA manages the ADA Paratransit Certification Appeals Eligibility Review Board.

The RTA Pension Plan covers all RTA employees, as well as non-represented employees of Metra and Pace. The pension’s day-to-day activities are governed by two separate entities: the Pension Committee and the RTA Pension Board of Trustees

Led by Executive Director Leanne Redden and her senior executive team, the RTA staff has broad expertise in transit administration, financing, planning, and programming.

Policy Priorities

The RTA's activities are motivated by objectives of the Invest in Transit strategic regional plan. These priorities include:

  • COVID Recovery (regional response to the pandemic's effects on transit)

  • Finance & Management (RTA oversight of the region’s transit operating budget and capital program)

  • Planning & Programming (RTA activities to increase ridership and improve mobility)

  • Data (RTAMS, Regional Transportation Authority Mapping and Statistics)

  • Rider Resources (RTA Reduced Fare and Ride Free Programs for seniors and persons with disabilities)

Contact Us

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