The MTA’s subway signals specialist is joining NYC Transit head Andy Byford in heading for the office’s leave door.
Pete Tomlin, who Byford poached from Toronto a year ago to modernize the subway’s obsolete signals, advised travel authorities he plans to leave, Metropolitan Transportation Authority representative Ken Lovett said Friday.
Tomlin and Byford cooperated at the Toronto Transit Commission.
Tomlin’s resignation letter was not promptly accessible. Byford declared his abdication Thursday during an MTA board meeting.
“The departure was expected as Pete was hired by Andy a little over a year ago. We thank Pete for his service and wish him well in the future,” said MTA spokeswoman Abbey Collins.
Tomlin changed course from Thursday when he told journalists and other MTA authorities that he had no plans to leave the office. He offered those remarks hours after Byford declared his abdication.
When Tomlin was hired a year ago, Byford crowd: “We’ve got the plan, we’ve now got the man. Now we need the money.”
The cash got through the passage of the MTA’s $51.5 billion 2020-2024 capital plan — yet the pair never got the chance to spend it.
Byford and Tomlin were ready to supervise $7 billion worth of construction endeavors to update the signals on six key stretches of the tram throughout the next five years.
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