NYC Transit chief resigns as MTA shakes up leadership
NYC Transit President Howard Roberts abruptly resigned Wednesday morning, a sign that more leadership change could come with a new MTA chief in charge.
The agency did not say why Roberts bowed out after two years on the job. A replacement will be made “in short order,” said MTA head Jay Walder, who is a month into his job.
As a condition of passing a financial bailout for the MTA earlier this year, state officials pressed for a makeover of the agency’s management ranks to increase transparency and accountability. Last week, NYC Transit’s chief engineer quit to work in the private sector. Other agency leaders are vulnerable, transit sources said.
Agency watchdogs praised Roberts for curtailing subway flooding and beefing up train announcements. But some MTA board members grew disgruntled that he had not further improved train delays or enforced a requirement that union workers pay into their health plans.
The loss of Roberts could hurt subway management, as he had just reorganized personnel across the lines, transit advocates said. “I hope whoever takes over doesn’t do a new makeover,” said Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign.