NEW YORK — Sarah Feinberg, interim president of the New York City Transit Authority, was nominated to lead the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
Feinberg, who was one of the leaders to guide the city’s transit system through the COVID-19 pandemic, would be the first woman to lead the agency.
Feinberg is expected to replace MTA chairman Pat Foye who is expected to be appointed as interim president and CEO of the state’s economic development arm Empire State Development.
Foye, who has served as MTA’s Chairman and CEO for the past four years, will leave the agency July 30, Cuomo said.
The nomination of Feinberg must be first approved by the New York Senate.
Once the nomination is approved, Feinberg will oversee the critical priorities for the country’s largest transportation network across a 5,000-square-mile travel area surrounding the city, Long Island, southeastern New York state and Connecticut.
“Sarah, Janno and Pat are not only fiercely dedicated public servants, but proven leaders who kept the metropolitan region’s transportation network operating efficiently through the worst public health crisis in a generation, and thanks to their tireless efforts, our essential workers were able to get to their destinations and help save lives,” Cuomo said. “Moreover, they oversaw and pushed through historic change and construction progress across the MTA, giving the system the upgrades that will better serve riders for generations. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I thank all three of them for their ongoing service and have full confidence they will continue to work their hearts out in their new roles.”
In a statement, Feinberg said she is “thrilled” about the new position and ensured they will do all they can to bring ridership back.
“I am thrilled to be stepping into a position that allows me to continue to play a significant role in how our subway and bus systems operate, but to also have even more of an impact in shaping the future of the agency, and of transportation in this city and region. There should be no higher priority than ensuring we are doing all we can to bring ridership back – and as ridership comes back, so will the city’s economic recovery,” Feinberg said.
Feinberg has served as interim president of the agency overseeing the city’s and subways and buses since March 2020, right when the COVID pandemic struck. Prior to that position, she was a member of the MTA Board.
Janno Lieber, appointed as the MTA’s new CEO, will be overseeing day-to-day operations as well as the capital program, the MTA official said.