New York – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has embarked on a nationwide executive search for a new director of Rail Transit and general manager of PATH to succeed Michael Marino, who is scheduled to retire in January 2019 after a distinguished 45-year career in the railroad industry.

Appointed to the top leadership position at PATH in 2015, Marino has overseen the implementation of the critical rail safety technology Positive Train Control (PTC) throughout the system and directed the railroad’s continuing efforts to rebuild and recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.

His retirement is scheduled to begin after the completion of PTC installation at the end of 2018. PATH is on track to become the first rail system in the New York-New Jersey region to meet the federally mandated deadline of December 31, 2018 for implementation of the new signal technology.

“Needless to say, we have big shoes to fill,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Mike Marino’s contribution to PATH, including its recovery from Superstorm Sandy and near-complete transition to PTC – a herculean effort – cannot be overstated. His performance sets a high bar for his successor and, with the launch of our nationwide search, we’re confident that PATH’s next leader will bring the same caliber of expertise, experience and leadership to this critical role for the region.”

Marino joined the Port Authority in 2011 as Superintendent of PATH’s Way & Structures Division, after a long career at Amtrak and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He later assumed the role of Assistant Director/ General Superintendent, providing oversight for operations and maintenance functions, before being named PATH Deputy Director in 2014.

In addition to his senior leadership positions at PATH, Amtrak and the MTA, Marino served as Vice President of Rail Transit for the Northeast Region for the engineering firm AECOM. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served for four years during the Vietnam War era and later as a reservist prior to beginning his railroad career.

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