The Regional Transportation Authority board will soon welcome a new member with intimate knowledge of the CTA - its former board chair, Carole Brown. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday named Brown to a vacant spot on the RTA board.
Meanwhile, in other appointment news, Kevin Irvine was appointed to the CTA board. Irvine "has served since last year on a task force that recommends improvements to increase accessibility for disabled riders at CTA rail stations," according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Brown appointment is a good move. The RTA could use someone with her smarts in finance, and keen knowledge of the budget challenges facing the CTA.
Brown was way ahead of the social media game for the CTA. She started her Ask Carole blog in April 2005 " to answer some of the questions people have been asking about the CTA's funding situation. "