The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced a new plan that will advance legislation and will separate the chairman and chief executive officer positions into two. The MTA Search Committee will direct the recruitment for the chair and chief executive officer roles.
While the Capital Program provides funding to renew, enhance and expand the system by replacing and upgrading infrastructure for the long-term, the new initiative will target short-term, achievable service improvements, noted the MTA. The MTA also states that the bifurcating of the chairman and chief executive officer positions will build on the recent appointments of Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber and Chief Operating Officer Phil Eng.
The MTA believes this will create an executive leadership team capable of executing the largest Capital Plan in history and implementing a plan to improve system reliability and service.
“Increasing delays are simply unacceptable which is why we have to commit to addressing the immediate problems with all the tools at our disposal,” remarked MTA’s Interim Director Ronnie Hakim. “We are implementing long-term capital improvements. But we also need a comprehensive approach that focuses on reducing the system's failures while our capital investment is underway.”
“We know riders are frustrated – we are too – which is why we are embracing this new plan. Attacking the five key causes of subway delays enables New York City Transit to take a targeted approach that can produce results," added Hakim.
The improvement plan targets the key causes of subway system delays, including track and signal issues; sick passengers and police activity; subway car equipment failures; loading and unloading in stations; and bottlenecks that occur at critical points in the system where lines merge.