Chicago Transit Board Names Richard Rodriguez as New CTA President

March 11, 2009

Today the Chicago Transit Board appointed Richard L. Rodriguez as President of the Chicago Transit Authority. 

Rodriguez joins the CTA from the Chicago Department of Aviation where he served as Commissioner.  He has extensive experience in city government, where he has earned a reputation as a strong and creative manager, having also served as Commissioner of the Department of Buildings and Executive Director of the Department of Construction and Permits.   

Rodriguez replaces Ron Huberman who was named Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools in January.

"We want to welcome Rich to the CTA,” said Chicago Transit Board Chairman Carole Brown.  "His experience in City government should serve him well as he works with us to balance our budget and continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the second largest transit agency in the country."

“I appreciate the support expressed by the Chicago Transit Board,” said Rodriguez.  “The CTA is a vital resource for this region and it is important that we continue focusing on improving the quality of service we provide.  Even
in these challenging economic times, we have to find ways to manage and deliver services more efficiently.”

Rodriguez has Bachelor’s Degrees in Sociology and Communications from Loyola University Chicago and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is a board member of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Daughters of Charity Ministries of Chicago and DeVry University.

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