Thomas Predergast confirmed as new head of MTA

A train arrives to the Astor Place station early Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)

June 21, 2013 5:28:04 AM PDT
The New York Senate has confirmed Thomas Prendergast as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the senate's confirmation Thursday night.

Since January, Prendergast had served as the MTA interim executive director. He succeeded Joseph Lhota, a Republican who resigned from the position to run for mayor.

Prendergast said in a statement the MTA faces challenges, such as improving service and rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy.

Prendergast has been CEO at TransLink in Vancouver, B.C., and began his career with the Chicago Transit Authority. He's also worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

He spent more than three years as president of MTA New York City Transit and six years as president of the Long Island Rail Road.