NFTA Transporter

Monday, August 15, 2011

All aboard with Mike Esford

Michael Esford has been named Manager of Metro Rail. Esford has been with the Authority since 1985.

Director of Surface Transportation Thomas George said, "Mike has demonstrated his ability to provide leadership and guidance for Metro Rail as the Acting Manager for the last eight months, and throughout his tenure with the NFTA. It is a well deserved appointment and helps us continue to provide safe and reliable service to our customers.”

Esford started at Metro, right out of college at Buffalo State, as a Rail Car Technician. Over the years he has worked as a weekend supervisor, operated the communication department, and for the last decade, oversaw all rail maintenance. He and his family reside in Orchard Park.

There have been a number of other promotions at the rail, including Brian McDonough, supervisor of electric power and David Hooper, assistant supervisor, capital projects. Esford believes his whole team deserves recognition for keeping the rail rolling through this past year.