Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast has appointed Carmen Bianco as president of MTA New York City Transit (NYCT).
Bianco is the seventh person to serve as president since the title was created in 1980. He has served as acting president since April and previously served as senior vice president of the Department of Subways, overseeing the entire subway system since 2010.
“When I returned to NYCT, Carmen was my pick to head the Department of Subways because of his extensive background in safety, his management skills and his vision of guiding the system into the future,” said Prendergast. “Carmen is a leader with lengthy mass transit and railroad career experience. He understands the issues, is an advocate for the customer and will remain someone the employees can depend upon for support.”
Bianco led the subway system through the MTA’s response to Superstorm Sandy, which flooded tunnels, inundated stations and washed out tracks in the most devastating event to ever strike the subways. He oversaw the immediate efforts to pump out water and make round-the-clock emergency repairs, the unprecedented construction work to restore damaged areas to service and the long-term planning to prevent future flooding.
“I am extremely proud, yet humbled at being picked to lead the 45,000 men and women who make up MTA NYCT,” Bianco said. “To perform this job to the best of my ability, I will need the assistance of each and every one of them. They are the people who go out on a daily basis and move New York City and were responsible for restoring service after Sandy. While there are great challenges ahead, I know I am supported by the finest team in the mass transit industry. Together we will continue to improve the travel experience for our 7.5 million daily subway, bus, paratransit and Staten Island Railway customers.”