Transit Chief Byford Not Resigning, Touts Bronx Bus Network Redesign

Marla Diamond
October 22, 2019 - 2:45 pm
Andy Byford

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City Transit Chief Andy Byford announced Tuesday that he will not be stepping down from his position, just three days after he submitted his letter of resignation.

According to reports, Byford submitted his resignation to MTA managing director Ronnie Hakim on Thursday and since then, officials have been trying to convince him to stay.

Their efforts seem to have been successful as Byford appeared in the Bronx on Tuesday morning to put an end to any rumors that he was leaving.

"I'm not going anywhere and I remain laser focused on improving day-to-day service for millions of New Yorkers and delivering a transformed transit network,” Byford said in a statement.

Byford says he discussed a few concerns with his MTA bosses and they were satisfactorily addressed. His frustration with Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also been well publicized.

“We are on the same page of wanting to improve the subway, transform the bus network, make things accessible, you know, and to that end it's fantastic that he and the legislature have provided us with the funds, provisional funds, to do that,” the transit president said.

He added that his life's ambition was to do this job and he knew it would come with challenges, which he has no problem with.

Byford’s announcement that he would be staying came in the same press conference during which he announced a complete redesign of the Bronx’s bus network.

The MTA will now be getting rid of 400 bus stops in the borough and will begin implementing more frequent bus service and additional lines – saying too many stops are too close together.

Bronx stops are currently an average of 882 feet apart, but the average distance between stops in transit systems around the world range from 1,000 to 1,680 feet, according to the MTA.