New York’s former “Train Daddy” Andy Byford has a new gig operating London’s transportation process — but do not connect with him “Tube Daddy.”
Byford — who oversaw the Significant Apple’s subways ahead of abruptly resigning in February — demurred when asked by the Evening Regular no matter whether his nickname would live on in London, the place the underground is regarded colloquially as “The Tube.”
“I want to just, guiding the scenes, quietly get on with two most important priorities which I’ve set myself,” Byford informed the paper.
The common New York City Transit Authority president was presented the nickname “Train Daddy” final calendar year just after an offbeat piece of Brooklyn street art depicted his deal with superimposed on a subway automobile in the design of Thomas the Tank Motor, with the caption: “Train Daddy enjoys you very a great deal.”
But the title will not apply in London, Byford defined to the Standard, since his position there involves handling streets, buses, taxis and ferries together with trains.
“It caught on and I made use of to get folks appear up to me in the road in New York and say [adopts accent], ‘Hey, Prepare Daddy, how ya doin?’” he mentioned.
“It was a bit of pleasurable but now I’m in this article I’m not just hunting right after the trains, it’s buses, trams, bikes, the river. It’s the complete shebang.”
The affable Brit resigned after just 25 months on the work at the MTA, through which on-time subway efficiency strike its maximum price given that 2013.
Following his exit, Byford publicly criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the male who employed him, for generating the purpose “intolerable” and cutting into his authority in excess of the company.
“I desired to be still left to operate the program,” Andy Byford advised WCBS-Tv set in March.
“It acquired to a stage wherever it was clear … I was not heading to be authorized to get on with what needed to be carried out.”