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MTA New York City Transit names Lambert chief transportation officer of Rapid Transit Operations


After serving more than 30 years in the MTA New York City Transit's (NYCT) Department of Subways, Herbert Lambert has been named chief transportation officer of Rapid Transit Operations (RTO).

In his new post, Lambert will be responsible for planning, directing, and controlling the daily operation of the subway system, the largest in North America, NYCT officials said in a prepared statement.

"Mr. Lambert brings a wealth of experience to a demanding job, and over the years he has demonstrated the ability and judgment necessary to help guide the daily operation of a subway system that carriers more than 5 million customers and 8,000 train trips each day," said Carmen Bianco, senior vice president of the Department of Subways.

Lambert, 55, worked his way up from an entry level train conductor post he started in 1981. He rose  through the RTO ranks to become a Rail Control Center superintendent in 1993; went on to become a general superintendent, Control Center; and then senior director of rail operations support.

Aside from his normal operations, Lambert oversaw the operations of the Rail Control Center on Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center's twin towers. He also helped direct the planned shutdown and resumption of subway service during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

In his most recent position, Lambert served as assistant chief transportation officer of the B Division, a job he held for the past year. He retained that position after being named acting chief transportation officer in April.

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