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Alternate Service Schedules
First Published - 03/19/2020 - 11:56AM
  • Metra is launching a new $10 All-Day Pass on June 1 and strongly encouraging customers to buy it in the Ventra app, giving them a “Touch Less, Pay Less” option to ride its trains safely and affordably. Click here for details.
  • Most Metra lines operating weekend service (except the Metra Electric) have temporarily changed to Sunday schedules for both Saturday and Sunday service. Saturday service on Metra’s SouthWest Service Line is suspended until further notice. The Metra Electric Line will continue to operate Saturday schedules on Saturdays and Sunday schedules on Sunday.
  • On weekdays, Metra is operating an alternate weekday schedule until further notice to adjust for the reduced number of riders due to school closures, work-from-home mandates and other consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Those schedules have been adjusted for some lines, including the North Central Service, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service. A new schedule with additional weekday service began on the Metra Electric Line on May 18.
  • Per Gov Pritzker’s Executive Order, please wear a face covering while riding the train. Customers are required to wear a mask or face covering in public places when a six-foot social distance cannot be maintained. Help us keep everyone safe from COVID-19.
  • Please use the Ventra app to purchase tickets. The app can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.

 

Last Updated - 05/20/2020 - 1:10PM

Executive Team

Executive Team

CEO/Executive Director

As CEO/Executive Director of Metra, Mr. Derwinski provides overall leadership and direction to all areas of Metra operations and administration to ensure that Metra achieves its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Financial responsibility includes oversight of Metra’s budget, which totals more than $1 billion for operations and capital.

Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Executive Director

Mr. Marcheschi was appointed Chief Operating Officer - Deputy Executive Director in January 2019.

John A. Milano
Deputy Executive Director - Administration

Mr. Milano was appointed the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Administration in February 2015. In this role, he is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing Metra’s administrative activities.

Janice R. Thomas
Chief of Staff

Janice R. Thomas was named Chief of Staff on December 1, 2019.

The Chief of Staff will serve as a highly effective communicator, key strategic advisor and planner to the CEO who will take responsibility for special projects and lead key initiatives by resolving complex issues that require executive leadership and direction.  Also in this role, she is responsible for directing and managing the government affairs, marketing and community relations teams.

Sue-Ann Rosen
General Counsel

Ms. Rosen was named as Metra’s General Counsel by the Board of Directors in February 2014. In this role, she leads Metra’s Law Department which provides legal guidance and support to the Metra Board, executive team and staff. 

William "Skip" Benz
Chief Audit Officer

Mr. Benz was named Chief Audit Officer (CAO) in October 2017 after serving a year in that position in an acting capacity. He previously served as Metra’s Ethics Officer and Associate General Counsel. In the role of CAO, Mr. Benz is responsible for developing and implementing an annual risk assessment to identify and audit risks Metra faces. He also assists the executive director’s office and Metra departments in using best practices of the rail transit industry. The CAO has a dual-reporting line to the Board of Directors and Executive Director/CEO, and provides quarterly reports and updates to the Board and senior management.

Lynnette H. Ciavarella
Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning

Ms. Ciavarella was named Metra’s Senior Division Director, Strategic Capital Planning in June 2011. In that role she directs an 18-member team that oversees the development and administration of the agency’s long-range plans, capital program and performance statistics.

Thomas Farmer
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Farmer has been Metra’s CFO since November 2011. He oversees Metra’s accounting, finance, budget, grant management, contract management and information systems teams. In this role, Mr. Farmer is responsible for creating and managing a set of financial systems which is fully integrated and responsive to the needs of internal and external customers.

Chief Project Delivery Officer

After nearly six years as Metra’s CIO, Ms. Kizer was named Metra’s Chief Project Delivery Officer in March 2020. This new position and department was established to ensure Metra is positioned to effectively and efficiently utilize the influx of new capital funding from the State of Illinois by establishing a Project Management Oversight (PMO) function to structure and coordinate the array of tasks and deliverables required for delivery of capital projects. 

Hilary Konczal
Chief Safety and Environmental Officer

Mr. Konczal was named Chief Safety and Environmental Officer in November 2015.  In this role, he is responsible for the administrative oversight and management of Metra’s safety programs and initiatives, environmental compliance and industrial hygiene activities.

Chief Engineering Officer

Mr. Krakar was named Chief Engineering Officer in January 2019. In his current role, he directs the planning, development, and organization of all Engineering Department activities. The Engineering Department is responsible for the design and maintenance of Metra's infrastructure, including track, signals, telecommunications, bridges and buildings.

Chief Mechanical Officer

Mr. McCann was named the Chief Mechanical Officer in January 2018.  In that role, Mr. McCann oversees all activities of Metra's Mechanical Department including field operations, shop operations, engineering and planning, asset management, reliability centered maintenance, and state of good repair. He ensures that inspections, maintenance, repairs, and overhaul of Metra’s rollingstock is completed in a safe, efficient manner and in accordance with Federal regulations, APTA guidelines and industry standards.

Chief of Police

Chief Perez, a decorated 28-year veteran of the Illinois State Police Department with a diverse service record, was hired in May 2014 to serve as chief of the Metra Police Department and lead its transformation into a modern, efficient and effective force.

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Radecki was named Chief Information Officer in May 2020.  Prior to this role, Mr. Radecki was responsible for leading Metra through the business process, technology, and organizational transformation necessary to move Metra’s financial and payroll functions to Microsoft Dynamics’s AX Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP).   

Martin Ryan
Chief Transportation Officer

Mr. Ryan was appointed Chief Transportation Officer in September 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for commuter operations on Metra owned and operated lines as well as those operated under purchase of service agreements with the BNSF and Union Pacific railroads.

 

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