30-year transit veteran to take over as CTA president

Dorval Carter, who once served as interim CTA president before Mayor Daley tapped Richard Rodriguez, is returning to the transit agency as its new president, succeeding Forrest Claypool.

Carter, who served a 10-year stint at the CTA in a variety of roles from 2000 to 2009, most recently worked as acting chief of staff for U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “He possesses the experience and passion for transit that will make him highly effective,” Fox said in a CTA release. “Mayor Emanuel has made an excellent choice to lead CTA.”

Carter should serve us well as CTA president. He knows the agency, and probably more importantly knows the ins and outs of getting federal transit funding. This will come in handy as the CTA vies for federal transit dollars for the Red Line south extension and the Red Purple Modernization Project, among others.

Before joining CTA in 2000, Carter spent 10 years at the FTA, where he was Assistant Chief Counsel for Legislation and Regulation and managed the office responsible for planning, directing, and supporting the Administration’s legislative and regulatory programs.  Prior to that, Carter was the Regional Counsel of the FTA Region 5 office in Chicago.  He was responsible for all contractual, labor, environmental and litigation matters as well as legal policy guidance.

Carter began his career with the CTA in 1984 as a staff attorney, and later he held various positions including General Attorney and Deputy General Attorney for Corporate Law.

We wish him well.


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  • I've noted that it is an improvement, as CTA has been singularly unsuccessful in getting federal money (other than formula funds) for actual construction for about at least 7 years. After 4 years of Emanuel saying stuff that was supposed to be done by CTA (and I don't mean CDOT), they don't have dedicated sources of funding, as such things as the EIS documents on the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr project demonstrate.

    The question raised by some chitransit posters is whether Carter will do a better job operationally, but it doesn't seem like he was picked for that. At least he has to his credit the decision to take the NABIs off the street, as I suppose he could have pooh poohed the one splitting. Maybe that was the lawyer in him.

  • PLEASE add the Sheridan stop on the Redline for a total overhaul! There's no way to get to the platform without a street elevator.

    Other than that, this sounds OK until he sits in the chair and starts making decisions. And please cancel that Series 7000 for those horrible trains!

  • In reply to ApresSki:

    1. bms explained the Sheridan problem. Look in the right pane.
    2. He can't cancel the 7000 series, because that contract has not been awarded. I said before that you mean the 5000 series, but reports are that there are only about 40 to go, so he can't cancel that either. Go back through the stories and figure out what was actually discussed.

  • Just another bureaucrat.

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