Santoro to leave as NJ Transit executive director

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NEWARK, N.J. — NJ Transit will have yet another executive director in the coming months.

NorthJersey.com reports that Steve Santoro, the agency's executive director since 2016, will step down in April. The resignation comes weeks after incoming New Jersey governor Phil Murphy called the system a "national disgrace." Santoro, an appointee under former Gov. Chris Cristie, said he was honored to serve at the agency for 18 years.

The online news site cites a host problems for NJ Transit in recent years, including the Sept. 2016 derailment and wreck in the Hoboken (N.J.) Terminal that killed one and demolished portions of the train shed and an out-flow of experienced employees and managers to other systems for more compensation. One-time NJ Transit leaders were also lambasted in 2012 for extensive damage to equipment left in low-lying areas after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the New York City region in 2012.

Murphy is expected to make an announcement about the appointment in the coming weeks.

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