May 10, 2010
The classifieds in this issue include three chief executive officer positions!
Metra Executive Director Pagano Dies
Phil Pagano, executive director of Chicago’s Metra commuter rail service since 1990, died on Friday, May 7.
Before joining Metra in 1984, Pagano held several professional and managerial positions at the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in Illinois. His last position at the RTA was director of program development and grants. Pagano had previously worked with the Bi-State Development Agency in St. Louis and the Toledo (OH) Area Regional Transit Authority.
Pagano was a past vice chair of APTA’s Commuter Rail Committee. He also served on the APTA Board of Directors as vice chair-commuter and intercity rail and on the National Steering Committee for Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation).
Metra released a statement Friday morning confirming Pagano’s death.
“It is with great sadness that we report the passing this morning of Philip A. Pagano,” said the statement from Metra’s board of directors. “Phil served this agency with distinction for many years. Today, we shall remember the good work he achieved with our board of directors and the men and woman of Metra. He was dedicated to our passengers and he always considered the men and women of Metra his family and there is a tremendous sense of loss within the agency. We shall remember him as a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family more than anyone. Our deepest sympathies as well as our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and all those who loved him.”
“Phil led Metra to become one of the most respected rail operations in the world,” said APTA President William Millar. “The APTA family sends our utmost sympathies to his family and his colleagues at Metra. He will be missed.”