Andy Byford named as the new Commissioner of Transport for London

Marco Green
May 29, 2020

He's London's "Train Daddy" now.

"'I'm delighted to confirm Andy Byford as London's new transport commissioner".

Mr Byford, 54, who was previously president and chief executive officer of New York City Transit Authority, will begin his role on 29 June.

He left the MTA in February after just two years, during which he clashed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

While in NY he was affectionately referred to as "Train Daddy" and was credited with helping to reduce subway delays and securing funding for a $51 billion overhaul of the transit network.

The cheery Brit was also known for taking public transit to work with his nametag on, and a cult of personality developed around him - with fans dubbing him "Train Daddy" and designing stickers with his face in front of a subway auto.

Byford, who has said he hoped to stay in NY, traveled back to the early March - and has been stuck there ever since thanks to the ban on worldwide travel due to coronavirus.

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that Andy Byford, who started his career as a trainee on the London Underground, is to be the London's new Transport Commissioner.

The system did recently receive a 1.6 billion pound ($2.7B CAD) bailout from the British government but that money is only expected to cover its revenue shortfalls through October and comes with strings attached.

Fares have evaporated and so the whole funding model at TfL will have to be reviewed. How will mass transit deal with social distancing?

It is a huge challenge, but I know that Transport for London has some of the best people anywhere in the world and we will meet these challenges and will together help build an even better city for everyone. Mike Brown was due to have stepped down to take up a role overseeing the restoration of the Houses of Parliament, but delayed his departure to stay at TfL during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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