MTA transit chief Andy Byford resigns: 'This was 100% my decision'

Kimberly Dole
January 23, 2020 - 11:50 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- MTA Transit Chief Andy Byford resigned on Thursday, but stopped short of clearly stating why he was leaving. 

"This was 100 percent my decision," Byford, who previously worked for the Toronto Transit Commision told The New York Times. "There was no external pressure for me to go. This is something I've given careful thought to."

READ: Andy Byford's resignation letter

MTA chairman and CEO Pat Foye first broke the news in a statement Wednesday morning, saying, "Andy Byford will be departing New York City Transit after a successful two years of service and we thank him for his work," said "Andy was instrumental in moving the system forward, enacting the successful Subway Action Plan and securing record capital funding with the Governor and the Legislature, and we wish him well in his next chapter."

Byford, who was hired as president of the New York City Transit Authority in January 2018, said in a statement, "I’m very proud of what we have achieved as a team over the past two years and I believe New York City Transit is well-placed to continue its forward progress now that the MTA has a record breaking $51.5 billion Capital Program in place. I’m very grateful to Governor Cuomo, Chairman Foye and members of the Board for giving me the opportunity to serve New York and to head up North America’s largest transit system."

In October, Byford issued a letter of resignation -- which he later rescinded. 

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