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

CHK America completes first tier of GRTC bus stop signage improvements

Tier One modernizes 300 stops along two of GRTC’s busiest routes with each stop receiving upgrades that include new flags with clearly visible route and bus stop numbers as well as eye-level, easy-to-use printed schedule and map information.

Transit management expert to inspire at BusCon 2015 keynote address

The keynote address, “Driving Excellence” will be delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. by Mark Aesch, CEO of TransPro, a management consultancy that guides transit systems.

Port Authority to realign gates at NYC bus terminal

The changes are aimed at improving bus operations and reducing congestion in the terminal that can stretch back out into the inbound Lincoln Tunnel and beyond.

Mich. BRT plan on track, set for possible 2018 launch

The 8.3-mile route, with a proposed 27 stops, would replace the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s current Route 1 from downtown Lansing to the Meridian Mall. Results from the plan’s environmental assessment study are expected to be shared at a public hearing this fall.

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