New Jersey Transit has named veteran passenger railroad executive Raymond P. Kenny as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Rail Operations, effective immediately.
Kenny, who began his transportation career in 1970 as an MTA Long Island Rail Road ticket clerk, has nearly 50 years of railroad industry experience, and an extensive background in managing large teams in transportation operations and capital improvements. In 1975, he entered railroad dispatching for LIRR before rising through the ranks with positions in personnel training and capital construction, prior to leading the Transportation department.
A former acting LIRR President, Kenny most recently served with WSP USA as a consultant for operations and planning for agencies across the U.S. His work involved helping improve MTA Metro-North Railroad’s business processes, including train crew availability; assisting Metrolink in Los Angeles with emergency management plans; subject matter expertise on the NEC Future project, a comprehensive planning effort to define, evaluate and prioritize future investments in the Northeast Corridor; and subject matter expertise for the Gateway Project in the design of a new Penn Station New York and staging of train operations to facilitate construction. Most recently, Kenny was assigned to the Hartford, Conn., rail project as a commissioning agent, ensuring project schedule compliance on the start of a new rail line.
“Ray has a long and accomplished railroad career, and we look forward to tapping his wealth of industry knowledge as we continue to transform NJ Transit into a national leader,” said Executive Director Kevin Corbett. “He understands railroading from every angle.”