The head of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), CEO Andy Byford, abruptly announced Tuesday morning that he is leaving his position in December.
Byford, who has been the Commission's CEO for five years, has decided to take a job as president and CEO with the New York City Transit. And honestly, who can blame him.
His new job in the Big Apple will begin in mid-January, where he will be spearheading a much more complex transit system south of the border.
Addressing the media at the TTC's headquarters, Byford said, "I will look back on my time at the TTC as the absolute highlight of my 28-year transit career to date." He also told reporters Tuesday morning that his new job is "arguably the toughest job in transit right now."
According to a New York Times feature published Sunday, results of a recent NYC transit system investigation reveal that the city's subway system is crumbling after years of neglect, making it one of the worst performing systems in the world. And we thought the TTC was bad!
Clearly, with all of the new changes to TTC fares and the pursuit to simplify Toronto transit, Byford's considerable success during his time as CEO of the TTC made him an ideal candidate for the lead role at NYC Transit.
But, of all his successes during his time with the TTC, Byford said he is most proud of his "signature policy — that of changing the prevailing culture at the TTC."
With the current CEO on his way out very shortly, TTC representatives have announced that an executive search has been hired for the time being, while the TTC hopes to have a new CEO by July 2018.