Sarah Feinberg shall be nominated to turn out to be the primary girl to lead the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the biggest public transit system in North America, answerable for operating New York City’s subway, buses and two commuter practice traces, transit officers mentioned on Tuesday.
Ms. Feinberg, 42, an in depth ally of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, has steered town’s sprawling subway system by the pandemic, which has killed scores of staff and sickened hundreds extra whereas decimating the transit system’s ridership and cratering the company’s funds.
She additionally oversaw the primary in a single day shutdown of the subway in its historical past. The transfer allowed for intensive cleanings, however some public transit advocates mentioned it went on for too lengthy and harm important staff who depend on the trains throughout off hours.
Ms. Feinberg has urged town to present extra policing of the subway system and extra homeless outreach assets following a spate of high-profile assaults on riders and transit staff in current months.
But that has additionally led critics to accuse her of exaggerating crime within the subway and scaring off riders at a time when the system is attempting to persuade individuals to return. Subway ridership nonetheless stands at lower than half of its pre-pandemic stage of 5.5 million day by day weekday riders.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into a position that allows me to continue to play a significant role in how our subway and bus systems operate, but to also have even more of an impact in shaping the future of the agency, and of transportation in this city and region,” Ms. Feinberg mentioned in an announcement.
“There should be no higher priority than ensuring we are doing all we can to bring ridership back — and as ridership comes back, so will the city’s economic recovery.”
Mr. Cuomo will nominate Ms. Feinberg to turn out to be the chairwoman of the M.T.A.’s 21-member board, which is appointed by state, metropolis and regional officers. Her nomination would have to be confirmed by the New York State Senate.
Ms. Feinberg would exchange Patrick J. Foye, the present M.T.A. chairman and chief government, who’s leaving to turn out to be interim president and chief government of Empire State Development, the state’s financial improvement company.
Janno Lieber, who oversees the transit company’s capital tasks, shall be appointed by Governor Cuomo to take over for Mr. Foye as chief government of the transit company. He shall be in control of operating day-to-day M.T.A. operations and oversee the company’s bold effort to modernize the transit system.
“The COVID crisis proved — once again — that mass transit is New York’s linchpin, in good times and bad,” Mr. Lieber mentioned. “Now we need to keep building a system that connects people from all communities to jobs, education and opportunity. I look forward to taking on this important new role and to lead M.T.A. in support of the New York City region’s economic revival.”
Mr. Foye mentioned he was pleased with the way in which the transit company had responded to the pandemic, particularly the transit staff who made certain that important staff and emergency responders have been ready to get to their jobs when a lot of town was shut down.
“I know the strong gains we have made will continue,” Mr. Foye mentioned.