NJ Transit Leader Coming To The MTA?

That is the question being posed in some transit circles as rumors swirl that the MTA will soon name NJ Transit executive director Ronnie Hakim as the next president of NYC Transit. Andrew Tangel of the Wall Street Journal has more:

Ronnie Hakim, NJ Transit’s executive director, is expected to be named to a top Metropolitan Transportation Authority post overseeing New York City’s subways and buses, people familiar with the matter said.

Ms. Hakim, 55 years old, is expected to become the next president of the MTA’s New York City Transit division, these people said, but it wasn’t clear when she might make the move.

One of these people said that the final terms of a deal hadn’t yet been reached, leaving open the possibility Ms. Hakim might not wind up being appointed to the position.

A spokeswoman for NJ Transit and a spokesman for the MTA declined to comment.

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If the rumors are true, one could argue the timing could not be worse for NJ Transit which is in the midst of financial crisis which is never a good thing heading into negotiations with union leaders. Her job at NYC Transit would be a big step up on paper but her prior experience should help with a smooth transition to an arm of the agency dealing with many issues itself.

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