The MTA has named their president of bridges and tunnels as the interim president of the MTA New York City transit while the agency continues to search for a permanent replacement. 

James L. Ferrara will replace Carmen Bianco, who retires on Aug. 21, and serve as president while the MTA searches for a permanent replacement. 

Ferrara has been president of MTA Bridges and Tunnels since 2010, and joined the agency in 1977 as a bridges and tunnels officer. 

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Bridges and Tunnels Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Donald Spero will act as bridges and tunnels president while Ferrara leads New York City transit. 

MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast said in a statement that the agency was in good hands with Ferrara until a permanent president is named. 

“Thomas F. Prendergast and Carmen Bianco are train guys. They understand all about the the equipment, the people and the services to run a railroad,” Philip Plotch, former MTA planning manager and author of  “Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject,”  told Metro.  

“Ferrara is not a train guy, but he does know how to manage a transportation agency. He's both an insider and an outsider. As an insider, he understands both the MTA and the city. As an outsider, he can provide a new perspective to one of the largest public sector organizations in the U.S — NYC Transit has over 50,000 employees.”

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