MTA Chairman E. Virgil Conway today announced the appointment of Daniel T. Scannell as acting President of MTA Metro-North Railroad. Mr. Scannell will continue to serve as First Vice Chairman of the MTA Board. He will assume his additional responsibilities on March 5 when Donald N. Nelson retires after 15 years with the railroad as vice president and then president. Chairman Conway said, "We are very fortunate to have Dan Scannell, who has 40 years of experience to step into the breach and run the day-to-day business of Metro-North while we conduct a nationwide search for a new President."
Mr. Scannell has had a long and distinguished career in the public sector. He is a former Chairman of the American Public Transit Association and continues to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Public Transport, which are national and international public transit organizations.
Mr. Scannell served as the New York City Transit's Senior Executive Officer from 1971 to 1975. On several occasions, he assumed operating positions on a temporary basis. In 1981, he served as acting President of the Long Island Rail Road for six months. He was acting President of New York City Transit in 1983 for five months.
Soon after he became Chairman in 1995, Mr. Conway tapped Mr. Scannell to become the Acting Operating Head of the MTA for seven months until Marc Shaw was chosen as Executive Director. Mr. Scannell was born in New York and lives with his wife Gertrude in Queens.