MTA Names Sarah Feinberg As Interim NYC Transit President

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February 25, 2020 - 4:54 pm
Sarah Feinberg

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — There is a new interim president of NYC Transit.

After Andy Byford stepped down last week, board member Sarah Feinberg has taken over, but at a news conference she stressed that this is only temporary.

"Jobs like this don't always make sense for people with small children, which is where I am with my own life, and so this is the right thing to do on an interim basis. I could not be more excited, but speaking for myself personally, this is not something I could do in the long term," Feinberg said. 

Feinberg was once the head of the Federal Railroad Administration under President Barack Obama. She also served as Chief of Staff at U.S. DOT and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Feinberg has also spent time in the private sector, at Facebook and Bloomberg, LP.

While at the MTA, she's helped ban repeat sex offenders from the subways and buses, and hire 500 more MTA police officers.

"One of my key priorities will be continued investment in subway performance, reductions in delays and safely speeding up trains in certain sections of track," Feinberg said. "Improving accessibility has to be a priority at every single turn. I know that the board, the MTA leadership and our political leadership agree with me on that priority and I pledge to continue to prioritize accesibility in my role as interim president."

Feinberg's first day as NYCT President will be March 9.

The MTA will conduct a search for a permanent replacement.