Thomas F. Prendergast
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Recommended by: Governor
Thomas F. Prendergast is a career public transportation professional.
He was named president of NYC Transit in November 2009 and served as interim executive director of the MTA from January 1, 2013 until his appointment as chairman and chief executive officer was confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 20, 2013.
Prendergast is former CEO of TransLink, the public transportation system in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
A native of Chicago, with a systems engineering degree from the University of Illinois, Prendergast began his career at the Chicago Transit Authority in 1975. From there, he joined the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC, then moved to New York City Transit in 1982 as assistant director of system safety. In 1984, he was named chief of the System Safety Department. In 1987 he became Staten Island general manager, and in 1989, the agency's chief electrical officer. In 1991, he was named senior vice president of the Department of Subways and in 1994 he became president of the Long Island Rail Road.
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