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‘Frustrated’ NYC Transit chief Richard Davey reportedly fleeing job for Massachusetts post

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New York City Transit President Richard Davey is reportedly fleeing the Big Apple after barely lasting two years within the high job, which sources advised The Post left him “frustrated.”

Davey, the previous Massachusetts secretary of transportation from 2011 to 2014, is headed again to the Bay State to take over MassPort, which runs Massachusetts’ airports and ports, in line with the previous statehouse bureau chief for the Boston Globe, Frank Phillips on X.

Richard Davey
New York City Transit President Richard Davey is reportedly leaving New York after lasting two years within the place. William Farrington

Sources with data of the scenario have also now confirmed the planned move, Gothamist reported Tuesday.

“My trade union counterparts in Boston confirmed to me that Davey is just waiting on an approval vote from the Massport board,” stated Transport Workers Union International President John Samuelsen, who represents NYC Transit’s workforce and holds a seat on the governing MTA board, to the outlet.

A Post supply stated Davey has complained about being “frustrated” in his present place, which has included helping to oversee the town’s controversial congestion-pricing plan and attempting to fight a spike in violent subway crime.

Davey, requested in regards to the scenario at an unrelated information convention Tuesday, solely advised reporters, “I do get calls from time to time because I got a great team that makes me look good.”

His anticipated departure is the most recent shift within the outstanding post that has had 4 leaders in simply over 4 years and comes because the MTA prepares to launch its anti-congestion plan, which is able to cost drivers an additional $15 charge for coming into Midtown Manhattan.

The Massport place has been occupied by Ed Freni since former CEO Lisa Wieland stepped down in August for a high-ranking place at vitality large National Grid.

NYC Transit Chief Andy Byford
NYC Transit Chief Andy Byford left the function in 2022, saying it was made “intolerable” by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Gregory P. Mango

Wieland departed after a 17-year tenure on the company — 5 of which have been within the place that raked in $417,609, in line with state information.

Massport spokesman Benjamin Crawley advised the Post on Monday that “the work of the preliminary screening committee is ongoing.”

“They have not yet deliberated or determined finalists,” he added. “It is anticipated the committee will make a recommendation of finalists to the full Massport Board sometime this spring.”

Davey turned the MTA’s new everlasting head of subways and buses in May 2022 after predecessor Andy Byford — dubbed “Train Daddy” — left the function, saying it was made “intolerable” by then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

Richard Davey, President of New York City Transit
A Post supply stated Davey has complained about being “frustrated” in his present place, which has included serving to to supervise the town’s controversial congestion-pricing plan. James Keivom

As Davey stepped into the place, he advised New York City media throughout his first look that he was hopeful to “break some records” by staying within the place “at least two years.”

Nearly 4 million commuters experience the subway, nonetheless down from the 5.5 million earlier than the pandemic.

Davey has additionally needed to contest with a spike in subway crimes as assaults hit a 27-year excessive in 2023 with at the least 4 murders recorded to this point this 12 months.

The MTA stated it has “no comment” presently.

The Post contacted Davey for remark however didn’t hear again.

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