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Executive committee / leadership

Chair: Jim Derwinski, Metra, Chicago, IL

Vice Chair: Doug Kelsey, TriMet, Portland, OR

Secretary/Treasurer: Steven Abrams, SFRTA

Executive Director: KellyAnne Gallagher


John Cline, Cline Strategic Consulting

Kevin Corbett, Executive Director, NJT

Jim Derwinski, CEO/Executive Director, Metra

KellyAnne Gallagher, Executive Director, the Commuter Rail Coalition

Joe Giulietti, Commissioner, Connecticut DOT

Tom Prendergast, former Chairman & CEO, NY MTA

Matthew O. Tucker, Executive Director, NCTD

Pat Warren, former Executive Director, Federal Railroad Administration


(as of 6/20/19)

Connecticut DOT


New Jersey Transit

North County Transit District

Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District




Commercial Insurance Associates

ISC Applied Systems

Quandel Consultants



What is the Commuter Rail Coalition?

The Commuter Rail Coalition is an association formed by industry leaders to engage and educate stakeholders on the value of passenger rail to the communities they serve. 

The Commuter Rail Coalition advocates for commuter railroads in the US, calling attention to the benefits of commuter rail transportation, and identifying the resources needed to continue those many beneficial impacts into the future.

Why is a coalition necessary?

US Commuter railroads now have a single-minded advocate in Washington voicing their interests, needs, and benefits. 

A collection of agencies, operators, and public owners, along with the supply and consulting sectors, the Commuter Rail Coalition has been established by Commuter Railroads for two core purposes: to educate and advocate.

 Working with Congress, the administration, and local stakeholders, the CRC is the voice of commuter railroads.