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Railway Age Names Western Railway Club Member 2017 Railroader of the Year!

Mr. Thomas F. Prendergast
New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and CEO

Railway Age’s 54th Railroader of the Year Award recipient is Thomas F. Prendergast, who retired as Chairman and CEO of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority on January 1, 2017. Thomas is a native of Chicago with a Systems Engineering degree from the University of Illinois, he began his career at the Chicago Transit Authority in 1975. From there, he joined the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C., then moved to New York City Transit in 1982 as Assistant Director of System Safety.

In 1984, Prendergast was named Chief of NYCT’s System Safety Department. In 1987, he became Staten Island Rapid Transit General Manager, and in 1989, NYCT’s Chief Electrical Officer. In 1991, he was named Senior Vice President of the NYCT Department of Subways, and in 1994, he became President of the Long Island Rail Road.

In mid-2008, Mr. Prendergast was appointed CEO of TransLink, the public transportation system in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. It wasn’t long before he returned to the MTA, where he was named NYCT President in November 2009.

Thomas Prendergast served as Interim Executive Director of the MTA from January 1, 2013, until the New York State Senate confirmed his appointment by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as Chairman and CEO on June 20, 2013.

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