“When I came in it was like the Toonerville Trolley. Now everything has been changed for the better. Things are new, modern, state-of-the art and they are getting even better. I’m sorry to leave, as I know that there are changes in the pipeline that I would like to see completed,” Merrick added. “Every time I go to a part of the subway where I haven’t been for a while I am amazed at the improvements. I’d love to stay for the completion of the 7 Line and Fulton Street projects.”
In 1968, Merrick was promoted to assistant station supervisor; elevated to station supervisor in 1981 and later, as part of the managerial restructuring for improved accountability under former NYC Transit President David Gunn, to station superintendent in 1984.
As a station superintendent Merrick has been rotated to virtually all of the operating responsibility centers including station operations in the field, signage, and the nerve center of station operations at the rail control center. He has consistently performed his duties, in every assignment as an exemplary and valued employee.