New MTA Chief Just Really Loves Public Transit

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Thomas Prendergast, President of Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit, testifies at the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development hearing on "Recovering From Superstorm Sandy: Rebuilding our Housing and Transportation Infrastructure" on Capitol Hill, December 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on how the storm affected infrastructure in the Northeast and how to better prepare for future situations.
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Thomas Prendergast, who has served as interim chief since Joe Lhota left to run for mayor, was picked as full-time chairman and chief executive today by Governor Cuomo. Prendergast got his transit start all the way back in 1975, with the Chicago Transit Authority, and has since worked for the U.S. Department of Transit, the NYC Transit Authority, the Long Island Rail Road, Vancouver's TransLink, and the MTA, so he probably knows what he's doing.