MTA announces first woman to lead subway car maintenance

Siu Ling Ko ('87), who graduated NYU Tandon with a degree in electrical engineering, will be the first woman to take over the role of maintaining the city’s more than 7,000-car subway fleet as vice president and chief mechanical officer of subway car equipment with New York City Transit, the MTA announced Sunday.

A 34-year veteran of NYCT’s Subway Car Equipment division, Ko will oversee the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of 7,092 subway cars and the 24/7 operation of 13 maintenance yards and two overhaul and locomotive shops. 

“I am honored to accept this role,” said Ko in a statement. “Riders are returning to the subway system and our team is as prepared as ever to deliver world class subway service for millions of New Yorkers.”