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Carmen Bianco named New York City Transit President

by Benjamin Kabak

If the headline seems familiar, well, that’s because it is. Five months after inherting the role on an acting basis, Carmen Bianco was officially named President of the New York City Transit Authority today. MTA CEO and Chair Tom Prendergast opted to keep his right-hand man in the role after a nationwide search, the MTA said.

“When I returned to New York City Transit, Carmen was my pick to head the Department of Subways because of his extensive background in safety, his management skills and his vision of guiding the system into the future,” Prendergast said in a statement. “Carmen is a leader with lengthy mass transit and railroad career experience. He understands the issues, is an advocate for the customer and will remain someone the employees can depend upon for support.”

Bianco, a 30-year industry vet with extensive experience at Transit, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, is largely credited with spearheading the subway’s recovery after Sandy. He has also played a key role in developing the FASTRACK maintenance program and various other technological innovations. His pick isn’t much of a surprise and should maintain the status quo and forward progress we’ve seen from Transit in recent years.

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Bolwerk September 18, 2013 - 3:18 pm

A customer advocate? How accurate is that?

SEAN September 18, 2013 - 4:54 pm

A nationwide search? How accurate is that?

Bolwerk September 18, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Probably fairly accurate. There are only a few transit agencies and a single major railroad to draw talent from anyway.

Epson45 September 18, 2013 - 6:23 pm

He should take credit of the Boxing Day Snowstorm in 2010 as well.

Peter April 13, 2023 - 1:29 am

Richard Davey runs North America’s most extensive transit system, which has historically served more than 7 million people daily. Davey has more than 20 years of experience as a leader.
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