Howard H. Roberts, Jr.


Howard H. Roberts, Jr., is President of MTA New York City Transit (NYCT). Roberts previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Pennsylvania’s SEPTA transit system and returns to NYCT more than twenty years after serving as its vice president for surface transit. Most recently, a transportation consultant, Roberts served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1981, with assignments ranging from the White House to the rice paddies of South Vietnam. Roberts graduated sixth in his class at West Point and holds master’s degrees in public affairs and engineering from Princeton University.

Roberts served in positions of leadership at NYCT from 1981-1986, first as Finance and Administration Vice President (June 1981 - April 1983) and then as Surface Transit Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (April 1983 - September 1986). Roberts joined the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in 1989, where he served as Deputy General Manager until January 1997. In that role Roberts was responsible for managing all operations and overseeing construction for the fourth largest regional transportation system in the country.