Ride the NYC subway?

Meet the boss of your commute: MTA chairman Joe Lhota

Lhota, a lifelong conservative Republican, was “installed by a governor who doesn’t much care about transit to straighten out the finances and public image of an authority that is a political pinata, all while keeping the trains running on time.”

In his first 100 days, he has:

  • Implemented Fastrack, a program that shuts down entire subway lines for a series of evenings to increase repair efficiency
  • Argued the case for public investment in transportation
  • Loudly resisted the House of Representative’s efforts to cut the gas tax
  • Traveled to Albany seven times to discuss transit issues with the executive and legislative branch, and where he lobbied alongside Transport Workers Union head John Samuelsen
  • “Compared to Jay Walder, who literally never met with the transportation or civic groups that cared about the M.T.A., he met with me individually and some other people individually,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers Campaign. “He’s very direct. There’s really no B.S.”

How do you think he’s doing?

Though I’m far from giving the MTA a gold star, I like what I read about Lhota. Click through for the full report.