Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lhota confirmed as New York MTA chair

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The New York State Senate Monday confirmed Joseph Lhota as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, replacing Jay Walder, who departed in October. Lhota had been serving as MTA executive director for five weeks pending his confirmation.

Lhota said Monday he will be riding on the system routinely as one way to keep tabs on it. “When I see something wrong, I’m going to make sure it gets fixed. I’m going to be a rider-chairman,” he said.

The chairman said one of his priorities would be to consolidate the authority, which has six different divisions covering regional rail, subway, buses, and bridges and tunnels.

 

Lhota also said he would continue MTA’s current plan toincrease fares every other year.   He also will pursue the sale or lease of MTA’s headquarterscomplex on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and a second building on JayStreet in Brooklyn, which has languished in recent years.