Metra to Develop New Strategic Plan


Metra has embarked on a process to develop a new strategic plan, which will guide the agency for years to come.  One of the key first steps in that process is to cement into place their mission, values and vision to use to prioritize spending decisions. 

Therefore, they are asking key stakeholders-our board, our employees, our riders, the public, and you-for their input.  In this initial phase, they want to hear your thoughts about the following questions:  What should Metra's mission be?  What should our vision for the future be?  What projects should Metra focus our energies and resources on?

Riders and the public can offer their input in two ways.  First, they can complete a short survey at www.metrarail.com/strategicplan.  This survey will be active until August 10, 1012. 

Second, Metra soon will be holding the first round of open houses throughout the Chicago region, where riders and the public will be able to get more information about this process  and offer their thoughts.  An open house will be held in the Village of New Lenox at the Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway on Tuesday July 24th, 4pm-7pm. 

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John Andersen July 13, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Metra is concerned about it's future? The same group who let it's CEO steal for years until he offed himself in front of a train? "Former Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano spent big bucks on the corporate Amex card, according to 2004 and 2005 records obtained by the Daily Herald. Expenses included $1,750 for airline club memberships and $1,200 in equipment from a golf store." Metra's idea of being proactive on a holiday means they add an etra train 5 minutes before the regular train leaves, even though no train leaves for 1 1/2 hours prior. Metra's idea of improvement means putting in uncomfortable seating that flips in place of the comfortable ancient fixed seats they had. Electric line is the worst- bought trains from Japan with seats sized for Japanese people. Metra only took 20 years to add Comiskey stop. Station is minimal, yet still manages to cost $12 Million. The entire ballpark cost $110 million. Metra's idea of servicing customers is a snarly station master with scant hours, leaving commuters to sit in their cars. How long did it take to build the ugliest of all the Metra stations in Mokena? Ever seen Tinley Park's station? So beautiful that they just filmed a movie there. Metra executives could give a toot about it's customers.
Billy Joe July 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
This: Former Metra Chief Phil Pagano committed suicide a year ago May 7. We'll admit we found Pagano's story like peeling back layers of an onion, and the revelation that Pagano took $475,000 in vacation pay was just the beginning. Later it was discovered that Pagano's financials weren't square because he was supporting multiple homes. Then there was the fight for his pension, which his widow eventually won. The Daily Herald looked at how much Pagano's actions have cost Metra - an astounding $3 million and counting. Metra's board of directors hired consultants who, probably realizing they had an open faucet with Metra, hired consultants themselves, to the tune of $2 million. Daily Herald reporter Marni Pyke lists other costs resulting from the Pagano investigation. $89,375 to attorney James Sotos’ firm, hired by Metra last spring to investigate the allegations against Pagano. $47,098 was spent by the Regional Transportation Authority in 2010 to audit Metra regarding pension fund misuse. $896,885 paid to security consultants Hillard Heintze as of mid-April. Metra hired the firm to act as its inspector general and report on fraud or waste. $1.16 million to the law firm of Johnston Greene legal advice. Johnston Greene, in turn, hired Blackman Kallick, an accounting firm, and Protek, a computer firm, as consultants. A $90,000 fine from the Federal Transit Administration levied against Metra last month for failing to submit proper documentation.
Billy Joe July 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
A fish rots from the head down ?


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