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10/28/2008



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NYCT appoints line managers, group GMs


MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) recently appointed seven line general managers and two group general managers to oversee the subway system's numbered lines.

Introduced as a pilot program a year ago, the line general manager concept reorganizes subway system management to place individual managers in charge of each line. They are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the line's operations.  

The numbered lines,  previously known as the "A" division, have been split into the IRT East and IRT West.

NYCT appointed Louis Brusati group GM of IRT West, which includes the 1, 2, 3 and 7 lines. He previously served as the 7 Line GM during the pilot program. A 26-year transit veteran, Brusati has held positions ranging from scheduling and route planning to technology implementation and customer service.

Brusati's line GMs are:
• Evelyn Koehler (Line 1), an NYCT employee since 1982 who began her career as a station agent, then served as a tower operator and has since held supervisory positions throughout the subway system.
• Joseph Ragusa (Line 2), a 26-year NYCT employee who most recently served as deputy line GM of the 7 line.
• Demetrius Crichlow (Line 3), who joined NYCT in 2007 as deputy line GM on the L line. He previously served MTA Long Island Rail Road for 10 years, overseeing tower and train crews, as well as daily operations.
• John Hoban (Line 7), who more recently was deputy line GM for the 7 line. He previously served as assistant to the president.

NYCT also named David Knights group GM of IRT East, which includes the 4, S, 5 and 6 lines. Most recently NYCT's chief officer, division of track and infrastructure, he also has held management positions at Amtrak and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Knights' line GMs are:
• Herbert Lambert (Line 4 and S, or 42nd Street Shuttle), an NYCT employee since 1981.
• Robert Smith (Line 5), a veteran of NYCT's car equipment division who began his managerial career in 1981.
• Gricelda Gespedes (Line 6), a 22-year NYCT employee who's held various positions in the subway department, most recently chief officer, maintenance and support in the station division.

NYCT plans to name the "B" division line GMs, who will oversee the lettered lines, next year.


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