Orseno named Metra’s interim executive director

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

In Chicago, Metra has selected Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operations Officer Donald Orseno, a lifelong railroader, as the interim executive director/CEO.


His understanding of the Chicago Railroad Terminal District, will assure that Metra continues to operate safely and efficiently, noted Metra.

Orseno has worked for the railroad industry for 40 years. A native of the Chicago area, he began his career as a Rock Island Railroad trainman. Since joining Metra in 1984, he has risen through the ranks based upon his performance and no-nonsense work ethic.

Orseno has held progressively responsible management positions throughout his career at Metra, including senior trainmaster, director of mechanical, director of suburban operations, director safety & rules, chief customer service officer and chief transportation officer, prior to his position as chief operations officer.

Orseno is an active participant and member of the Safety and Operations Management Committee of the Association of American Railroads. He served as vice president and then president of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents for the United States and Canada. He is an active member of the Chicago Railroad Superintendents Association, having served 10 years as their president.


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