Robert Kiley, the fifth chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), died Aug. 9 at the age of 80.
Kiley served as MTA chairman from 1983, when he was appointed by then-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, to January 1991.
He was a “principle catalyst of the system’s remarkable transportation — from a symbol of urban decay to today’s modern and vital economic engine,” said MTA officials in a press release.
One of Kiley’s most enduring legacies was the removal of graffiti throughout New York City’s subway system. He also was instrumental in advancing MTA New York City Transit’s fare system from tokens to the MetroCard.
Kiley put in place the first and second MTA capital programs, overseeing more than $167 billion worth of investments in the city’s transit network. He focused the investments on the network’s core infrastructure such as trains, buses, track, signals and thousands of components that most…
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