MTA Names New SI Railway Head

The MTA’s Staten Island Railway has a new head & his name is Stapleton native & 30 year MTA veteran Douglas Connett. Vincent Barone of Staten Island Live has more in this report:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has named a new head of the Staten Island Railway.

Douglas Connett, a Stapleton native and 30-year veteran with the MTA, was named the vice president and chief officer of the railway on Thursday, June 18, according to an internal memo that the MTA had provided to the Advance.

“Doug has a hands-on approach and enjoys teaching those around him while instilling the vision of providing safe and reliable mass transportation service,” wrote Joseph Leader, senior vice president of the Department of Subways, in the memo. “He sets a high standard of professionalism and his communication style helps to foster a safe and unified work environment resulting in high morale among employees.”

Connett will be in charge of day-to-day operations of the railway. Former vice president and chief officer Frank Jezycki held the position for 10 months before moving on to head the MTA’s Maintenance of Way Division.

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I have heard good things about Mr. Connett in terms of helping the Staten Island Railway after Sandy. Let us see what more he can do with full control as the Railway definitely has some changes that need to be made to help bring out its full potential.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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