NJ Transit board selects new head of rail operations

NEWARK, NJ — On Jan. 4, NJ Transit’s board of directors approved Raymond P. Kenny as senior vice president and general manager of rail operations at a special meeting.

“Ray is a national expert in the railroad industry and his knowledge of the complexities of the rail system in our region is unmatched,” said New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Chairwoman Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti. “His leadership and management skills will be invaluable as we move NJ Transit forward.”

“Ray has a long and accomplished railroad career and we look forward to tapping his wealth of industry knowledge as we continue to transform NJ Transit into a national leader,” Executive Director Kevin Corbett said. “Ray understands railroading from every angle, having started as a ticket clerk at Long Island Railroad and rising through the ranks to eventually lead LIRR as the busiest railroad in the country.”

Kenny has nearly 50 years of railroad industry experience, including serving as former acting president of the MTA Long Island Railroad. He has an extensive background in managing large teams in both transportation operations and capital improvements.

Most recently, Kenny has served with WSP as a consultant for operations and planning for agencies across the nation including the Gateway project, the Northeast Corridor Future project, business processes at Metro-North and emergency management plans at Metrolink in Los Angeles.

He began his transportation career in 1970 as a ticket clerk at LIRR. In 1975, he entered railroad dispatching for LIRR before rising through the ranks at LIRR with positions in personnel training and capital construction prior to leading the transportation department.

Most recently, Kenny was assigned to the Hartford, Conn., rail project as a commissioning agent, ensuring project schedule compliance on the start of a new rail line.

Kenny’s appointment is effective immediately.