Bus

N.Y. MTA's bus ops chief to retire

Posted on October 29, 2010

Following a 33-year career at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Joseph Smith, who currently heads the entire MTA bus operation as senior vice president of the Department of Buses for NYC Transit and president of MTA Bus and Long Island Bus, announced his retirement, effective December 31.

Smith began his career in 1977 as a bus operator at the Amsterdam Depot and rose through the ranks, eventually leading the historic consolidation of the MTA's three bus divisions.

Under his leadership, the operation of the MTA's three bus divisions was merged, saving more than $86 million in 2009 and improving service for the MTA's 2.8 million bus customers. Smith also increased the number of environmentally-friendly hybrid-electric buses along with easy-to-board low-floor buses.

Additionally, working closely with the New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD, Smith developed the city's first Select Bus Service routes-the SBS Bx12 and SBS M15.

As the head of buses for the MTA, Smith oversaw an operation consisting of nearly 6,000 buses, 40 facilities stretching from Yonkers to Rockville Center, nearly 18,500 employees and 900 square miles of territory. Additionally, he has the responsibility of providing accessible transportation through the Access-A-Ride and Able Ride paratransit divisions of NYC Transit and Nassau County, respectively.

In a career marked by achievements, Smith improved his department's efficiency by recycling usable parts culled from buses being removed from service. So far, that program has saved the MTA more than $17 million.

The MTA will conduct a search to fill the position.

 

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Denver RTD unveils its Flatiron Flyer BRT vehicle

The Flatiron Flyer buses, which were supplied by MCI and can carry 57 passengers each, are specially branded with a unique blue-and-sunrise-orange paint scheme designed by RTD and a U.S. 36 corridor stakeholder group.

Safe Fleet acquires Hadley's bus, motorcoach mirror product lines

The Hadley mirror business will remain in Elkhart, Ind., but will relocate from the Hadley site to its own production facility over the next few months. The management, engineering, customer service, administrative and production personnel of the Hadley mirror business will remain with the business and transition to Safe Fleet.

BusCon returns to Indy

Each year, more and more people look forward to BusCon as a chance to network, learn about new trends and technology, and gain the tools that are necessary to revitalize the way they tackle their own operations.

Project team wins award for N.Y. bus time displays

The countdown clocks were developed in part to address concerns about the overall accessibility of MTA’s Bus Time system, which sends wait-time information to riders via text message, a QR code scan, or over a web site.

Boston could benefit from more BRT, report says

The report argues that the city should be pushing for the “gold standard” of BRT. That would include a control station that monitors buses and ensures they come at well-spaced intervals and enclosed stops that shelter customers.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close