In a move that shocks no one, MTA CEO Elliot “Lee” Sander named Howard Roberts the new head of New York City Transit. Roberts’ nomination became official after rumors, reported here on March 30, emerged that Sander was looking to pick his old boss for this position.
“We interviewed many exceptional candidates from around the world and within the MTA family, but Howard’s experience, leadership and management style made him the clear choice,” Sander said in a statement prepared for the press. “I have seen Howard’s unique ability to lead people first hand and expect great things from NYC Transit under his leadership.”
During the press conference announcing Roberts’ arrival, the new head of NYCT gave lip service to all the right issues, as amNY’s Chuck Bennett reported. “Safety and security absolutely have to come first,” Roberts said. “And then from a distance, I would really like to tackle both improving customer satisfaction with the system and the state of labor relations.”
If you’re looking for more information on Roberts’ SEPTA and military background, look no further: I explored his history a few days ago. While some readers of Second Ave. Sagas voiced their skepticism over the Roberts, he has the blessings of the Straphangers campaign for now.
Of course, only time will tell how Roberts fills the shoes left vacant nearly by Lawrence Reuter. Here’s to hoping the trains run on time today for Roberts’ first day in his new job.