According to reporting here by Larry Higgs for NJ Advance Media (, the NJ Transit Board announced on October 13 the appointment of a new Executive Director. It's an internal appointment: Stephen Santoro, currently Deputy Executive Director for Capital Projects and Programming.  Santoro, a 16-year NJT veteran, had held the capital planning job for nine years, overseeing major NJT projects including Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. The appointment would fill a vacancy left by the departure of Veronique Hakim, who left in December, 2015 to head the New York City transit system.  About six months ago, a former Amtrak executive, William Crosbie, backed out of taking the job after first apparently having accepted the position. Temporarily, the executive director job had been filled by NJT veteran Dennis Martin, whose regular job is to head the agency's bus division.

Santoro was immediately given marching orders by his boss, Acting Commissioner of Transportation  Richard Hammer, who asked for reports on the status of the implementation of Postive Train Control (PTC), and also on the status of storm-resiliency-improvement projects. Some feel that PTC might have prevented the fatal train crash in September at NJT's Hoboken terminal.