I just got back in after a long day of doing business. I was shocked when I opened my inbox & saw a statement sent to me by the MTA talking about the resignation of NYC Transit President Howard Roberts. Lets first take a look at the statement I received:
“Earlier today I accepted the resignation of New York City Transit President Howard Roberts. Howard deserves credit for his hard work leading NYC Transit over the last two and one half years, and I am grateful for his service to the MTA. He will remain in his position through the end of November. I intend to name a replacement in short order.” — Jay H. Walder, MTA Chairman and CEO
I must say I am disappointed that he is resigning. While some of his decisions such as the debut of the Rider Report Cards & Line Manager program have been dissected by many, he genuinely seemed interested in turning the fortunes of NYC Transit around financially & cosmetically. This resignation reeks of someone who clearly saw he did not fit in with the plans of the new leadership in place.
Speaking of new leadership, is it really necessary for a new leader to always bring in his own people? While I understand the natural reaction of feeling more comfortable with those you know, this does not mean it is always the right choice. How can the MTA ever get out from the multiple messes it is in, when they continue to have shakeups within upper management over the last couple of years? They need to get the best people in place, roll up their sleeves, & get the job done!
xoxo Transit Blogger