Michael Marino, director of rail transit and general manager of PATH, will retire in January 2019 and efforts have begun by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to find his successor.
Marino has served as general manager of PATH since 2015, the final position along a 45-year rail career. He joined PANYNJ in 2011 as superintendent of PATH’s Way & Structures Division following a career at Amtrak and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He later assumed the role of assistant director/general superintendent, providing oversight for operations and maintenance functions, before being named PATH deputy director in 2014.
PANYNJ explains that Marino has overseen the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) throughout the system and directed the railroad’s continuing efforts to rebuild and recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.
His retirement is scheduled to begin after the completion of PTC installation at the end of 2018. PANYNJ says that PATH is on track to become the first rail system in the New York-New Jersey region to meet the federally-mandated deadline of Dec. 31, 2018, for implementation of the new signal technology.
“Needless to say, we have big shoes to fill,” said PANYNJ executive director Rick Cotton. “Mike Marino’s contribution to PATH, including its recovery from Superstorm Sandy and near-complete transition to PTC – a herculean effort – cannot be overstated. His performance sets a high bar for his successor and, with the launch of our nationwide search, we’re confident that PATH’s next leader will bring the same caliber of expertise, experience and leadership to this critical role for the region.”