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New Executive Director Rolling Up His Sleeves
Keep an eye out for our new Executive Director, Steve Santoro. Steve will be visiting many of our stations and terminals, and riding our buses, trains and light rail vehicles. He also will answer your questions and hear your ideas and suggestions to help make NJ TRANSIT a better, more effective organization and transit system.
Steve is a 25-year transportation veteran, having served in both the public and private sectors. He has held several key leadership roles during his career, most recently as our Assistant Executive Director of Capital Planning & Programs. During that time, he has worked with key players inside and outside of NJ TRANSIT to advance big and small projects such as Hudson- Bergen Light Rail, River LINE, Superstorm Sandy Resiliency projects, Portal Bridge and more. That vast experience gives Steve the skills and leadership experience we need to advance projects, strengthening and expanding the region's transit system, improving reliability and enhancing your customer experience.
In light of recent incidents, he is redoubling our safety efforts and culture, with more to come. The NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors has specifically tasked Steve to focus his attention on safety. Toward that end, he has already directed the use of new operating rules for all trains approaching Hoboken Terminal and Atlantic City. Another top priority remains Positive Train Control (PTC), which will be implemented by a mandated deadline of December 31, 2018.
NJ TRANSIT also has retained well-respected rail operations executive Peter Cannito to take an outside look at NJ TRANSIT's Rail Operations, all with an eye towards strengthening organizational practices. We are also in the process of recruiting a compliance officer with expanded authority to ensure our reporting to federal and other agencies is consistent and thorough.
Other projects the Board has asked Steve to make a priority include continued state-of-good-repair work that enhances service reliability, the Gateway trans-Hudson rail project that will expand rail capacity between New Jersey and New York and resiliency work that is designed to protect our transit system from future storms.
Our thoughts remain with the victims of the September 29th train accident at Hoboken Terminal. As the investigation into the accident continues, repair work at the terminal also continues. NJ TRANSIT thanks its Hoboken customers for their patience during the repair process.