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Leanne Redden is Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). The RTA is the unit of local government charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace Bus and ADA Paratransit. The agency manages an annual regional transit operating budget of approximately $3 billion with assets of approximately $160 billion and a more than $4 billion five-year capital program. Under Redden’s leadership, the RTA created Invest in Transit, the most recent regional transit strategic plan covering 2018-2023.

Before joining the RTA, Redden was Chief of Planning for the Illinois Tollway and Director of Transportation for the Village of Schaumburg. She was a key player in the Illinois’ 2008 Funding Reform Legislation.

Redden was named 2015 “Woman of the Year” by the Chicago chapter of Women in Transportation and is a Conference of Minority Transportation Officials 2016 “Woman Who Moves the Nation”.

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