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Chicago Transit Board

About the Chicago Transit Board

The governing arm of the CTA is the Chicago Transit Board. The Board consists of seven members, with four appointed by the Mayor of Chicago and three appointed by the Governor of Illinois. 

The Mayor's appointees are subject to the approval of the Governor and the Chicago City Council; the Governor's appointees are subject to the approval of the Mayor and the Illinois State Senate. CTA's day-to-day operations are directed by Dorval R. Carter, Jr., President.

The current Mayoral appointees are Lester L. Barclay, Alejandro Silva, Michele A. Lee and Rev. Johnny L. Miller. The current gubernatorial appointees are Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes, Neema Jha and Rosa Y. Ortiz.

Lester L. Barclay serves as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board.

Board Meetings

The Chicago Transit Board meets monthly. Because the Governor of Illinois' COVID-19 Disaster Proclamation remains in effect, the Board meetings are currently taking place virtually for members of the public, as permitted by Section 7(e) of the Open Meetings Act. The meetings are live streamed and can be accessed at

Board meetings usually take place at 10:00 am and are usually preceded by committee meetings. (See detailed calendar below.)

The separate committees include Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Capital Construction Oversight, and the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee.

For complete regular and special Board meeting notices, agendas, an exact schedule of committee meetings and special meetings see Meeting Notices, Agendas and Minutes as meeting dates approach, or contact us at (312) 681-5022 or

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Regular Chicago Transit Board Meeting dates

Regular board meetings for the year 2023 are scheduled on the following dates:

  • FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2023* (Notice of changed format)
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2023 (Notice of changed format)
  • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2023
  • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2023
  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2023
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2023
  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2023
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2023*
  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2023*
  • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2023 at 3:30 P.M.*

*Per Resolution R022-7

Also, see Meeting Notices, Agendas & Minutes for additional details.

Public comment at Board Meetings

The public is welcome to make comments at public meetings, including meetings of the Chicago Transit Board. To make comments, you'll need to follow our comment process (including filling out a short form before the meeting). See this information to learn more about our Public Comment Process.

Live streaming of board meetings

You can watch board meetings online as they are happening or review video from prior meetings on our Board Video page.

Reaching the Board

Direct correspondence for the Chicago Transit Board or its members to:

Office of the Secretary
CTA Headquarters
567 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60661

Tel: 1-312-681-5022
Fax: 1-312-681-5035

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