Rick Leary to be next TTC CEO, city's transit chair confirms

via CBC

The TTC has picked Rick Leary as its next CEO, according to TTC chair Josh Colle. 

Leary has been the acting CEO since Andy Byford left to become president of the New York City Transit Authority in January 2018. 

Transit experts say Leary will have to face several challenges as the new CEO, including decoding the subway plans of new Ontario Premier Doug Ford, providing strong leadership at the city council level and handling all of the day-to-day issues of the TTC.

Leary received board's unanimous support 

Colle confirmed the selection Tuesday, saying the board voted for Leary unanimously at their closed session that morning. 

He called Leary a "fantastic choice."

During the same meeting, Mayor John Tory told Leary "You're a capable, competent, dedicated person." 

Previously, Colle told CBC Toronto there were hundreds of applicants from around the world for the role, which has an expected salary of up to roughly $350,000.