From left to right: RTA Executive Director Leanne P. Redden; Pace Interim Executive Director Rocky Donahue; Metra Executive Director James M. Derwinski; and CTA President Dorval R. Carter, appearing on a panel together at City Club of Chicago on December 4, 2018.
The RTA is charged with financial oversight, funding, and regional transit planning for the region’s transit operators or Service Boards: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Suburban Bus and Pace Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit. The RTA regional system serves two million riders each weekday in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois. The RTA sales tax is expected to yield $1.2 billion in 2017. With the addition of state monies, the RTA is expected to distribute about $1.5 billion of public funding to the region’s transit operations this year. In addition, the RTA manages a $5 billion five-year capital program that includes issuing hundreds of millions of dollars in RTA bonds and administering grants to the Service Boards. The RTA also serves riders with disabilities and older adults. The agency issues Reduced Fare and Ride Free permits to eligible riders, manages eligibility for ADA Paratransit service and oversees travel training services.