Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Meet the MTA's Train Nanny
Sarah Feinberg, a former Obama transportation official who has served on the MTA board since last year, will be the new interim chief of New York City’s buses and subways following the resignation of Andy Byford, the agency announced Tuesday.
Feinberg, 42, served under President Barack Obama as chief of the Federal Railroad Administration and chief of staff for the US Department of Transportation. She is known to have a close relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed her to the agency’s board last February.
“This might actually be the best job in transportation in America,” she told reporters at a press conference in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. “There’s no bigger thrill than being able to deliver for 8 million riders a day.”
Byford, a British railway professional popular with many MTA staff and transit advocates, abruptly resigned last month amid tensions with Cuomo, who appoints the agency’s chairman and the majority of its board.