MTA taps Frank Annicaro to lead Department of Buses, MTA Bus Company

Aug. 26, 2021
Annicaro has more than three decades of experience in the transportation field.

Frank Annicaro has officially assumed the role of acting president of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus Company.  

Annicaro, a transportation industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, began serving in the role earlier this month. He will double as acting senior vice president of New York City Transit’s Department of Buses. 

“I am honored to accept this role,” said Annicaro. “We carry more people on our buses than the next four largest systems in America combined. I’ve spent the bulk of my career working to improve bus operations, so this is the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m ready to hit the ground running to make sure our team is as prepared as ever to deliver world class bus service millions of New Yorkers.” 

Annicaro has spent the past 18 years working in bus operations. His portfolio during that time encompasses a wide range of leadership functions. He has served as the chief maintenance officer and been accountable for maintaining the entire MTA fleet of buses and non-revenue vehicles. Annicaro has managed multiple new bus procurement contracts and warranties.  

He’s also been an indispensable leader in the organization’s efforts to transition to a zero-emission fleet by 2040. Prior to joining the MTA, Annicaro spent more than a decade in the private sector specializing in logistic services.  

“Frank is a strategic and innovative thinker and has the strong leadership background necessary to run the department of buses during this critical period when so many New Yorkers are returning to the system,” said Acting MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber. “I’m confident that Frank will continue to look for ways to make our bus system more attractive for all New Yorkers in the months to come."  

Interim New York City Transit President Craig Cipriano added, “Having worked closely with Frank in my former role, I know firsthand how he is uniquely prepared to build upon the work we have done together. Frank will be a champion for all bus customers as we execute on the aggressive bus system improvement goals that we recently announced. He’s truly the consummate transportation professional and understands what it takes to manage a workforce of more than 18,000 transit heroes.” 

In total, MTA Regional Bus Operations runs more than 300 bus routes, including more than 70 express routes and 20 Select Bus Service routes. The authority maintains and operates a 24/7 fleet of nearly 6,000 buses. That figure represents the largest municipal fleet in the nation, according to the MTA.