Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday the nomination of Kevin S. Corbett to serve as the executive director of NJ Transit, the beleaguered transportation agency relied upon by hundreds of thousands of New Jersey commuters. Murphy is calling on NJ Transit’s board to take up the matter at its next meeting.
Corbett currently serves as vice president of Cross Services at AECOM, one of the world’s largest transportation and infrastructure companies. At AECOM, Corbett has had an oversight role on critical projects including Amtrak’s Gateway Project, the first phase of New York City’s Second Avenue Subway project, work on New York Penn Station, and PATH restoration after Superstorm Sandy.
“We can no longer continue to accept the dismal business as usual at an agency that so many commuters throughout New Jersey depend on,” said Murphy. “We cannot continue to wake up in the morning fearing reliability and safety on our commutes. I am confident that Kevin’s leadership can help turn NJ Transit into a transportation system that our commuters value and trust.”
Last week, Murphy signed an executive order mandating an audit of NJ Transit to determine inefficiencies and areas where the agency can improve. As executive director, Corbett will help implement these recommendations and rework the agency’s finances, leadership structure, customer experience, and safety measures.
“It is an honor to be nominated to lead NJ Transit, and I am excited to get to work and make the agency safer and more reliable for New Jersey residents,” said Corbett. “Our location is a tremendous asset, one that creates many opportunities for transportation. I look forward to starting the process of rebuilding NJ Transit so that we can reach our enormous untapped potential. I am excited to work with Governor Murphy on making his vision for NJ Transit a reality.”
Before joining AECOM, Corbett served as the Chief Operating Officer and executive vice president of Empire State Development Corporation and executive deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. In those roles, Corbett was responsible for New York State’s economic development programs and projects, including the redevelopment of Times Square, Moynihan Station, and the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. After Sept. 11, 2001, Corbett oversaw the economic recovery of Lower Manhattan. Corbett currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Regional Plan Association as co-chair of its Transportation Committee. He also serves as the board president of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey, on the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, and as a chairman of The New York League of Conservation Voters.