Tests and tribulations of Ex-TTC boss Byford on Big Apple


Former TTC boss Andy Byford of the Big Apple seems to be getting off the rails.

According to reports published in the New York Times and New York Post, Byford became increasingly frustrated with the micro-management of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Byford – chairman of the New York Transit Authority, the largest on the continent – was widely hailed as the man who put the system back on track.

"I think he really wants to be left to do the work he's been hired to do," MTA board member Andrew Albert told the Post.

"He knows what needs to be done here, he did it in three other cities in the world and he has a plan to do these things."

Former TTC boss Andy Byford is at odds with some of his New York political masters. GETTY IMAGES

"See what they've managed to achieve: they've managed to get performance up to almost 80%, something unheard of for years," added Albert.

Some traffic advocates and experts say that Cuomo has put aside Byford and has often criticized the MTA.

Sources told The Post that Byford was outraged in February when Cuomo used a speech to ridicule the MTA, its employees and the use of store brand detergent to clean subway stations.

The governor also criticized Byford's plan to replace the old and broken signals with the technology used in London and Paris.

"Talk about punches," a source told the newspaper.

"Andy wants to do his job … If he's forced into a role he has not signed up for, we're going to lose him," said Nick Sifuentes, executive director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

City Council President Corey Johnson wrote on Twitter: "Losing Andy would be a tremendous loss. In Andy We Trust. "

One insider added, "I feel every sentence praising Andy Byford shortens his life expectancy with Governor Cuomo. Every time I hear a compliment from Andy Byford, I see another knife in his back.

"The governor does not support a competitor for compliments," the source said. "It's a very bad situation, but Andy accepts well."

For his part, Byford told the Post that he will stand still.

"I love New York, I love this job, I believe in this system, I believe in this agency and I'm here for a long time," he said in a statement.

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