MTA names Warren safety chief

Written by William Vantuono, editor-in-chief, Railway Age
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Patrick T. Warren

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has named Patrick T. Warren as Chief Safety Officer, overseeing all safety management policy implementation. He will work closely with MTA agencies as they “continue to improve work practices and invest in new technology and equipment,” MTA said.

Prior to joining the MTA, Warren worked for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Railroad Safety and then as the Agency’s Executive Director.

He further served with the Federal Aviation Administration as the Deputy Director of Planning and Programming.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Transportation, Warren served in the United States Army as a Commander and Senior Administrator, working with emergency response, safety compliance, security, and defense programs.

Warren received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in Computer Science – Artificial Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a master’s degree in National Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He also served as a Federal Executive Fellow with the Brookings Institution.

Warren is the MTA’s second Chief Safety Officer, replacing the outgoing David Meyer and reporting directly to Chairman Joseph Lhota.

He will work closely with Metro-North Railroad Chief Safety Officer Justin Vonashek, Long Island Rail Road Chief Safety Officer Loretta Ebbighausen, New York City Transit VP System Safety Cheryl Kennedy, VP Safety & Health at MTA Bridges and Tunnels Eric Osnes, and MTA Capital Construction VP of Safety Peter Kohner.

“Safety is an MTA core value, and we are constantly working to improve on current procedures, while also actively implementing emerging safety practices and applications to better serve our customers,” said Lhota “Patrick’s experience at the FRA, as well as his work on safety projects in other roles within transportation, makes him uniquely qualified to push forward our ongoing safety initiatives.”

“I’m excited to join one of the world’s largest transportation networks, one that is focused on promoting a safety culture while constantly looking for ways to improve its practices,” said Warren. I look forward to the challenge of proactively serving a population of more than 15 million people.”

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