MTA Chairman Jay Walder Will Quit on October 21

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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 03:  (L-R) MTA chairman Jay Walder, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and President of the MTA Capital Construction Company Michael Horodniceanu, inspect the large cavern being constructed for the new 34th street subway station on February 3, 2010 in New York City. The new station will be part of the expansion of the Number 7 subway line to Hudson Yards. The $2.1 billion project is the first subway expansion in Manhattan for decades. The subway extension is expected to transform the Hudson Yards area into a vibrant 24-hour neighborhood.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Horodniceanu;Jay Walder;Michael R. Bloomberg
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 03: (L-R) MTA chairman Jay Walder, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and President of the MTA Capital Construction Company Michael Horodniceanu, inspect the large cavern being constructed for the new 34th street subway station on February 3, 2010 in New York City. The new station will be part of the expansion of the Number 7 subway line to Hudson Yards. The $2.1 billion project is the first subway expansion in Manhattan for decades. The subway extension is expected to transform the Hudson Yards area into a vibrant 24-hour neighborhood. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Horodniceanu;Jay Walder;Michael R. Bloomberg Photo: Chris McGrath/2010 Getty Images

Well, that took what, two years? According to the MTA Twitter, the man who was supposed to come in from London to save our mangled public transport systems is resigning — effective three months from now. Jay Walder is set to take over a similar post in Hong Kong, the Times reports. No doubt he'll have more fun there — no one ever said running the MTA wasn't a thankless job — but Walder’s mostly-voluntary exit comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo focuses on taking further control of every part of state government. Walder's tenure was too brief (and the prospects for replacement too unknown) to say whether the change will ultimately be good or bad. But Cuomo's driving the state’s train, in every respect (Sorry! Couldn't help it!). In the meantime, looks like we won't be seeing his original stated goals of different fares for nights and weekends, and no-swipe access devices that are directly linked to credit cards. Still, Jay, thanks for those automated train clocks. No, seriously.

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