Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager has been appointed to represent McHenry County on the Regional Transportation Authority board.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said he nominated Sager for the role because of his experience and education. The County Board voted on the appointment this month.
“He is one of the most intelligent public servants I have ever met,” Franks said. “He is a thoughtful and reasoned guy who brings people together. ... He will be a warrior on the RTA board to fight for McHenry County.”
The RTA is in charge of financial and long-term planning for Metra, Pace and Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains.
Franks said he wanted McHenry County to get a “bigger piece of the pie” when it comes to transportation services.
“Brian has a realistic grasp of the funding challenges, but if anyone can get it done, he can,” Franks said.
Sager will remain mayor of Woodstock for the rest of his term, but he will forgo the $12,000 salary the city pays.
The RTA’s current McHenry County representative is Blake Hobson, who is president of Image Industries in Huntley, according to the authority’s website.
“There is certainly a lot I think we can do in terms of bringing more transportation opportunities to the residents and businesses of our county and community,” Sager said. “One of the things we have been talking about for a long time is moving the Metra parking function from downtown Crystal Lake. We would like to see it move to Woodstock because that would improve our train schedule.”
Sager said at a recent City Council meeting that he would like to see more warming centers along the Metra line in McHenry County, as well, and he discussed the potential for another Metra station in Woodstock.
“Those are some of the things we should be looking at and trying to address,” Sager said.