Leanne Redden has served as executive director of RTA since October 2014. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Deputy Executive Director of Planning and managed the Planning Department that includes Strategic Planning & Policy, Regional Coordination, Local Planning and Programs, and Regional Accessibility. Ms. Redden has been instrumental in developing Long Range Planning initiatives for the region's transit system including the Moving Beyond Congestion Plan and is a key player in the subsequent 2008 Funding Reform Legislation. Under her leadership, the Planning Department completed the first Regional Market and Systems Analysis, and on-going initiatives such as Universal Open Fare Payment System and Bus Rapid Transit work including the region's first bus-on-shoulder service expected to begin November 2011. Her group also led the development of the region's first Green Transit Plan. Ms. Redden streamlined the Community and Local Planning Grant programs and focused work on plan implementation and transit improvement plans. She also oversees the Enterprise GIS data system, the Regional Traveler Information and Mobility Management Programs and Travel Training Program and the region's ADA Paratransit Certification Program.
Prior to joining the RTA, from 2003 through 2005, she was the Chief of Planning at the Illinois Tollway, where she oversaw the Planning Department and was integral in developing the 2004 $5.3 billion dollar Congestion Relief Capital Plan and Open Road Tolling. She was responsible for capital planning, traffic and revenue forecasting, public outreach and coordination. Prior to that, she was the Director of Transportation for the Village of Schaumburg.
Ms. Redden is also active at the Regional Planning level. She sits on CMAP's Board, and serves its Regional Coordinating Committee, the MPO Policy Committee and is Chair of CMAP's Transportation Committee.
Ms. Redden received her Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelors Degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She has also received the professional designation of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).