A veteran Metropolitan Transportation Authority official given credit for leading the subway system's response to Hurricane Sandy was appointed president of MTA New York City Transit Wednesday.
Carmen Bianco had been serving since April as the interim head of New York City Transit, which oversees the subways, buses, Staten Island Railway and paratransit.
The agency has taken away the interim label.
The MTA said that Bianco oversaw around-the-clock emergency repairs after Hurricane Sandy and has also been involved with long-term planning to prevent future flooding.
"He knows our city's subways and buses inside and out, and he's a consummate professional," said MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. "As head of subways for the New York City Transit, Carmen implemented the very successful FASTRACK program."
Bianco was New York City Transit's head of system safety from 1991 to 1995 and has also worked for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit.