Wednesday, November 04, 2009

MTA NYCT President Howard Roberts resigns

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MTA New York City Transit President Howard Roberts resigned Wednesday morning after 2 1/2 years as the chief executive of the largest U.S. subway and bus system. Roberts will step down November 30.

Roberts’ departure was not wholly unexpected, given the recent arrival of Jay Walder as MTA chairman; Walder has indicated he planned to revamp MTA corporate leadership during his tenure.

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Some transit advocates credit Roberts for a series of reforms, including the reorganization of subway operations through assigning general managers to specific subway routes and giving those managers more responsibility and decision-making authority for those routes. 

Detractors included some MTA directors who voiced frustration with ongoing subway delays and service disruptions. Others accused Roberts of being too comfortable with labor. Still others disparaged the general manager assignments to specific subway lines as thinly veiled cronyism.