Who is Andy Byford?

- February 21st, 2012

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Expect to see a lot of “I (heart) Gary Webster” buttons at the TTC meeting today where commissioners will likely vote to axe the current chief general manager (Toronto Sun file photo)

I know what you’re thinking … who is Andy Byford and where can you buy the “I (heart) Andy Byford” button?

As the Sun reported Tuesday (story here), a majority of TTC commissioners not including TTC chair Karen Stintz will move this afternoon to axe chief general manager Gary Webster and appoint Byford as his interim replacement.

So who is Andy Byford?

The man likely to be named as Webster’s replacement climbed on board the Red Rocket late last fall. Right now, he’s the deputy chief general manager and chief operating officer of the TTC’s operations branch.

Byford was appointed as chief operating officer on September 7 and started with the TTC in November.

Andy Byford

This is Andy Byford (photo from TTC website)

Before the TTC, Byford worked in Sydney, Australia, as chief operating officer for Rail Corporation New South Wales. He’s also worked in the U.K. as a general manager at the London Underground.

In an article in the Coupler (the TTC’s internal newsletter) last fall, Byford’s appointment was heralded by Webster.

“We are very pleased that Andy will be joining us here in Toronto,” Webster was quoted as saying at the time. “His breadth of international experience in both Sydney and the U.K. will allow us to continue to make gains in safety, customer service and the quality of service we provide to our customers on a daily basis.”

“As we prepare for a challenging year with both our Operating and Capital Budgets, Andy will be a valuable asset in assisting us in meeting our budget targets and expectations for improved service.”

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1 comment

  1. Mark Richardson says:

    OK, if Toronto wants/needs Subways like New York City has – then let’s PAY for them like Greater-NYC does with special Income and Sales Taxes that would cover the whole GTA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgT5MCEgfUU

    Pick your Poison – either new “Metrolinx Taxes” for TTC, GO, etc – or living with what we are willing to “Pay For” out of the current Fare Box and Property Taxes/

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