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Former MassDOT leader Davey to take NYCT's reins

Richard Davey will become New York City Transit's next president on May 2.
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Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Richard Davey will be the next president of MTA New York City Transit (NYCT), MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber announced yesterday.

Davey will oversee a 54,000-person workforce, as well as operations for New York City subways, buses, paratransit services and the Staten Island Railway.

He has served in several high-ranking transit leadership posts in Massachusetts and has a background in every mode of public transportation, MTA officials said in a press release.

Davey led the Massachusetts Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2014, but his transit career began at Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Co. in 2003. He was promoted to general manager in 2008, and in 2010 he accepted the GM position for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

MTA officials sought to find a new NYCT leader with a diversified transit background and strong leadership skills, Lieber said.

"Rich is someone New Yorkers should feel confident in as the agency moves forward with major accessibility improvements and other capacity and reliability-oriented upgrades like signal modernization, as well as megaprojects such as Phase 2 of the Second Avenue Subway and, in years to come, Gov. Hochul’s Interborough Express," Lieber added.

Davey will begin the new job May 2. Craig Cipriano, who has served as NYCT's interim president since August 2021, will assume the role of chief operating officer on the same date.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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