MTA Chief Operating Officer Ken McDonald Resigns

Ken_McDonald.jpgKen McDonald, in the middle with his hands resting on the rail, at the scene of last night’s streetcar crash. Photo by Bryan Goebel.

We heard rumblings from sources in the days following the West Portal Muni crash that Ken McDonald, Muni’s Chief Operating Officer, had been reassigned by MTA Chief Nat Ford. The agency never confirmed the rumor but this just in: McDonald has submitted his resignation with "mixed emotions." Read his resignation letter here (PDF). His last day at the agency will be October 9th.

In the letter, McDonald makes it a point to list his successes, stressing that in his three-year tenure Muni collisions decreased 28 percent while derailments fell by 48 percent.

"I truly believe those successes outweigh the challenges and from an operational vantage point the agency is in better position than it was three years ago," he wrote.

Meantime, safety issues are expected to dominate this afternoon’s MTA Board meeting, especially in light of yesterday’s streetcar crash. We’ll be tweeting from the meeting.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Muni Crashes Dominate MTA Board Meeting

|
. Nat Ford gives the MTA Board a safety update. Photo by Bryan Goebel. MTA Chief Nat Ford sought to assure the MTA Board of Directors today that the agency is taking the appropriate steps to address safety concerns, despite two high-profile crashes in two weeks that he called "disturbing." "We are displeased with the […]

Muni’s Safety Chief Defends Agency at Supes Hearing

|
New Muni Chief Safety Officer Jim Dougherty, left, at the scene of the August 3rd historic streetcar crash. Photo: Bryan Goebel Muni’s new chief safety officer went before a Board of Supervisors committee today to explain what’s being done to prevent crashes like the two major rail collisions that have happened in the last month. […]

Supervisor Dufty Blasts SFPD Over MTA Work Orders

|
Supervisor Bevan Dufty, armed with numbers and documents he obtained detailing MTA work orders from other city departments, scolded two members of the San Francisco Police Department’s top brass Wednesday, calling the department’s raid on Muni’s budget "excessive" and "unbelievable." Dufty called the hearing before the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee to examine […]

MTA Director Heinicke Questions Use of Streetcar Rehab Funds

|
Flickr photo: Ame Otoko It may be a moot point now that funds are allocated, but MTA Director Malcolm Heinicke today questioned whether the MTA should be spending $18.7 million to enter into an agreement with Brookville Equipment Corporation to refurbish 16 historic streetcars. Some of his comments seemed to echo a Streetsblog piece a […]