Cook County commissioners and its president think highly enough of two longtime CTA employees to appoint them to Metra's board of directors.
John Plante, who last served the CTA as a senior manager for system safety emergency preparedness, this week was the unanimous choice of commissioners from the north and west suburban Cook County townships to fill a vacant slot on the Metra board.
And on Monday, Romayne Brown, former vice president for CTA rail operations, was picked by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to fill the Metra seat for Cook County suburbs.
Brown had more than 30 years of work experience at the CTA, starting as a conductor and moving to her last job -- "to make sure the trains ran safely and on time. Her decades of transportation experience will be a great asset to the Metra board, which needs someone who knows what it takes to operate a mass transit rail line,” according to a Preckwinkle statement. Brown is a Dolton resident.
Plante, from Wilmette, retired from his 35-year CTA career after coordinating the CTA’s planning and training for responding to emergencies. I guess he might have been busy this week dealing with the "runaway" train had he still been on duty at the CTA.
"John has the experience and skills to ensure that Metra has what it needs to prevail over its difficulties," Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said in a statement. "His emergency preparedness work and legal background will help Metra to work through its current problems and foresee any potential future problems. He is an excellent choice."
OK then. We'll see how this works out for them and Metra.
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