27 May 2020 Appointment of former President & Chief Executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority confirmed following an international recruitment and selection process The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the Board of Transport for London (TfL) today confirmed the appointment of Andy Byford as London's new Transport Commissioner, following an international recruitment and selection process.
Byford's most recent role was President and Chief executive Officer of New York City Transit Authority, where he was responsible for 50,000 staff and devised a $40bn five-year investment plan to renew the city's transport system.
He will join TfL on 29th June, with the current Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, staying on until 10th July to hand over to Byford and aid his start in the role before he takes up a position overseeing the renovation of the historic Houses of Parliament.
Byford brings to TfL a track record of leadership and transformation within major urban transport authorities and has worked within a wide range of complex stakeholder and political environments in a transport career that has spanned over 30 years and three continents. As well as his recent leadership role in New York, his previous positions include: Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Transit Commission, Canada Chief Operating Officer & Deputy CEO, Rail Corporation New South Wales, Australia Director of Operations, Southern Railway Director of Safety and Operations, South Eastern Trains Limited Various roles at London Underground Limited, where he started as a graduate trainee in 1989 before working his way up to General Manager - Customer Service for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines
I wouldn’t be so sure - he amassed a decent following with modernization schemes and plans to bring the NY Subway back to glory, even earning the nickname “Train Daddy” from the urban planning youth. The disagreements between Mr. Byford and the Governor were well documented in the press and good old American politics ultimately led to him tendering his resignation.