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“Andy Byford will be departing New York City Transit after a successful two years of service and we thank him for his work,” said Foye. “Andy was instrumental in moving the system forward, enacting the successful Subway Action Plan, and securing record capital funding with the Governor and the Legislature, and we wish him well in his next chapter.”
“I’m very proud of what we have achieved as a team over the past two years and I believe New York City Transit is well-placed to continue its forward progress now that the MTA has a record-breaking $51.5 billion Capital Program in place,” said Byford. “I’m very grateful to Governor [Andrew] Cuomo, Chairman Foye and members of the Board for giving me the opportunity to serve New York and to head up North America’s largest transit system.”
“Subway and bus riders are grateful to Andy Byford for his historic service at New York City Transit,” said Riders Alliance Executive Director John Raskin. “In two years, Andy made subways faster and more reliable, he tackled longstanding challenges to improving bus service, and he crafted the first plan in a generation that would truly modernize the transit system.
“No matter who runs the transit system day-to-day, ultimately Governor Cuomo is in charge of the MTA, and riders will be holding the governor accountable for the quality of our transit service. With whatever management team he puts in place, the governor is on the hook for making subways faster and more reliable, rescuing buses from years of decline, and delivering on a $51 billion capital program to fix public transit for the long term.”
Even though the MTA did not give a reason for the resignation, the speculation is that Byford was fed up with the political meddling—most of it perpetrated by Cuomo. As well, he was unwilling to work within the constraints of the MTA’s Cuomo-induced restructuring, which would have diminished his role to running day-to-day NYCT operations.
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