40-year rail industry veteran, Michael Marino, promoted to lead agency’s trans-Hudson rail transit system
NEW YORK, NY, 2015-7-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The Port Authority announced today that Michael Marino – a seasoned railroad veteran with more than 40 years experience in the industry – was named the agency’s new Director of Rail Transit (PATH). Mr. Marino previously served as PATH’s Deputy Director since 2014, and acting Director since earlier this year.
Mr. Marino – who joined the Port Authority in 2011 following a more than 30-year career with Amtrak and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) – will oversee all core functions of PATH, including rail operations, safety, security, asset management, customer service, and administration, as well as the department’s Capital Program. He takes control at a time when PATH is investing significant capital to upgrade its aging signals, stations and other rail infrastructure to accommodate increasing ridership, while continuing to focus on rail safety as PATH’s top priority.
In the days and weeks following Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, Mr. Marino also was instrumental in PATH’s recovery efforts after the system’s tunnels and infrastructure were severely flooded by storm water, and has played a critical role in the ongoing rebuilding and resiliency efforts since then.
“Maintaining safety for our passengers and rail system employees, while improving trans-Hudson commuting is a major priority, and I believe Mike’s deep rail industry experience and leadership will be invaluable as we continue to invest in system and safety enhancements across PATH,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Mike played a key role in getting PATH back in service after the rail system was devastated by Sandy, and I am confident will provide the leadership and experience PATH needs as it continues a unprecedented period of investment, while maintaining service for more than 75 million passengers who use the system each year.”
Before joining the Port Authority, Mr. Marino served as the Director of Force Account Construction for the MTA, overseeing the extension of the Long Island Rail Road. In 2006, he joined AECOM as Vice President of Rail Transit, Northeast Region, leading projects such as the Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel Project and the Moynihan Station Development Project. In his prior career at Amtrak, Mr. Marino was Superintendant of Terminal Service, and responsible during his time at Amtrak for key elements of the Northeast Corridor Improvement Project.
Prior to his railroad service, Mr. Marino was a member of the United States Navy from 1968 to 1972 and served in the Naval reserves from 1972 to 1976. He spent time in various commands around the world most prominently on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy serving one North Atlantic tour and two Mediterranean cruises during the Middle East conflicts of that period.
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