The Commuter Rail Coalition (CRC) has elected Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority General Manager Leslie Richards as Secretary of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee, and Caltrain Acting Executive Director Michelle Bouchard, Virginia Railway Express CEO Rich Dalton and T.Y. Lin International Senior Vice President Joe Yesbeck as Board Members At-Large for 2021-23.
SEPTA’s Richards joins returning Executive Committee members: Chair Jim Derwinski (CEO, Chicago’s Metra, who was recently named a Railway Age Readers’ Influential Leader for 2021); Vice Chair Mike Noland (President, South Shore Line, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District); Treasurer Steven Abrams (Executive Director, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail); and Affiliate Member Representative Eileen Reilly (CEO, Global Train Services).
The new Board Members were elected at CRC’s recent annual meeting, which marked the advocacy association’s second anniversary. KellyAnne Gallagher is Executive Director and a Founder of CRC, which sponsors a podcast series with Railway Age. (Gallagher also serves as a judge for Railway Age’s annual Women in Rail awards program.)
Additionally, CRC announced that Trinity Metro (Fort Worth, Tex.) and the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been added to its membership roster, which now counts 12 private-sector groups and 14 railroads among its active members.
“The respected industry veterans joining our association’s Board bring a unique diversity of knowledge, experience and insight to the governance of the Commuter Rail Coalition,” CRC Chair Jim Derwinski said. “Their passion for service and their professional standards strengthens the industry as a whole and are qualities that will drive the mission of the CRC in a positive direction over the next two years.”