Tom Prendergast to Head NYC Transit

Friday, November 06, 2009

New York City Transit has a new president in Tom Prendergast. He'll be a familiar face to long-timers at the agency. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Prendergast is a Chicago native who came to New York's transit agency in 1982. He worked his way up the ranks, ending up as president of the Long Island Rail Road. Along the way, he got to know Janette Sadik-Khan, who's now Mayor Bloomberg's Transportation Commissioner, and a big fan of Prendergast.

After a stint as a private consultant, he became head of Vancouver's transportation agency in July 2008. He's mainly been fighting budget battles there, and at one point even floated the idea of congestion pricing.

The new MTA Chairman, Jay Walder, says he chose Prendergast because Vancouver's known for technological innovation. Prendergast starts December 1st. He replaces Howard Roberts, whose departure was expected with the change in MTA leadership. For WNYC, I'm Matthew Schuerman.


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yvette page from New York City

Monday, August 12, 2013

From: Yvette Page
225 Sterling Place
Bklyn, New York 11238

To: Tom Predergast
President, MTA New York City Transit
2 Broadway, New York, New York 10004
Phone: 646-252-5800 Fax: 646-252-5815

Re: Incident on #4 IRT train (northbound – heading to Woodlawn)

Passenger Bill of Rights on public transportation????

I began my journal to the Bronx from entering the subway system at the Grand Army Plaza station on Saturday, August 10th shortly before 10:00pm; I boarded the #2 train and exited at Nevins Street to catch the #4 Woodlawn bound train (my destination was Fordham Road), I was in the back train car #7760.

As the #4 train left the 149th Street station and began its entrance to the 161st Yankee Stadium station the train made an abrupt stop, this was approximately 11:00pm.

Please note:
This #4 train made every local stop following the Brooklyn Bridge station.

An inordinate amount time:
The #4 train REMAINED in the stopped status for approximately 1 hour, periodically, there was an announcement via the pa intercom system stating that train has stopped due to a “trigger” stop – what that mean is to me MTA ‘s nomenclature; what is germane is that the passengers were HELD in the train for 1 hour in a stopped status, we were not afforded to option to exit the train. There were passengers that needed to use the bathroom (such as myself), passengers that had children in carriages, and other situations such as the need to transfer to a bus (and their transfer time allotment would have passed).

Passenger bill of rights???
MTA, please provide an explanation as what exactly happened?
Why were passengers held in the train for approximately 1 hour?
Why were no other options – such as exiting the train afforded?
What are the rights of passengers that encounter should a problem as being held in the subway in a stopped status (such as a few years ago on the “A” train)?

For tracking purposes:
Here is my MTA MetroCard information for your tracking purposes:
I have a 7-day unlimited card: MEM # 5360 (R619 0401)
Tues 06 August 13 20:52
Auth# 532561
Ref # 026554684755
Serial # 2428216341

Respectfully, Ms. Page

Aug. 12 2013 05:26 PM

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