A 30-year transportation industry veteran has been named as the new head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's subways and buses.
MTA chairman and chief executive Thomas Prendergast announced Wednesday that he had appointed Carmen Bianco as the new president of MTA New York City Transit. Bianco, 61, has been serving as acting president of the agency since April, when his predecessor, Prendergast, was chosen as MTA chief.
Bianco has held various positions in the MTA, as well as Amtrak and New Jersey Transit, during his career, including as senior vice president for the Department of Subways from 2010 until earlier this year.
Prendergast credited Bianco with leading the MTA's efforts to restore the subway system after superstorm Sandy, which flooded stations and tunnels and washed out tracks.
"Carmen is a leader with lengthy mass transit and railroad career experience," Prendergast said in a statement. "He understands the issues, is an advocate for the customer and will remain someone the employees can depend upon for support."
Bianco said he was proud and humbled to lead Transit's 45,000 employees.
"To perform this job to the best of my ability, I will need the assistance of each and every one of them," he said.