MTA Names New Capital Program Leader

Just a short time ago, the MTA announced a new leader of its NYC Transit Capital Program Management. Here is more via the official press release I received:

MTA New York City Transit has named John F. O’Grady to the permanent position of Senior Vice President of Capital Program Management, an interim position he has held since 2015 in conjunction with his role overseeing Transit’s ongoing recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.

O’Grady has been employed with NYC Transit for more than 27 years, most recently as Vice President of Capital Program Management. In 2013, he added responsibilities as Program Executive of Infrastructure & Facilities/Recovery & Resiliency, a position created after Sandy flooded parts of the system in October 2012. In that role, O’Grady oversaw NYC Transit’s storm recovery and resiliency efforts, including the complete overhaul of the severely damaged Montague R Tubes, which reopened for service after 13 months of around-the-clock work, ahead of schedule and under budget.

Altogether, in his recent dual roles at Capital Program Management and the Sandy recovery program, O’Grady managed more than $7 billion in various recovery/resiliency efforts and capital improvements to existing Transit assets such as infrastructure, maintenance shops and depots. In his new permanent position overseeing NYC Transit’s capital improvement programs, he will work on finding new ways and technology to deliver Transit projects in the 2015-2019 MTA Capital Program. Those challenges include using design/build to accelerate construction schedules and find cost savings and efficiencies, and incorporating any new recommendations and best practices to modernize the 112-year-old subway system.

“John has demonstrated the ability to embrace innovation and find new ways to improve how we make investments throughout the system,” said MTA NYC Transit President Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim. “We are fortunate to have a proven, forward-thinking professional like John to oversee the exciting new projects coming to New York City Transit.”

O’Grady succeeds Fred Smith, who retired in 2015.

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