New leadership at New York and Atlantic Railway following presidential transition

Marlon Taylor
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Anacostia Rail Holdings, the company that owns and operates freight railroads in the United States, has announced the appointment of Marlon Taylor as the new President of New York and Atlantic Railway (NYA).

Taylor succeeds James Bonner, who has led the railway since 2016.

“Marlon has become an integral part of the NYA team since he joined the railroad in 2016,” Bruce Lieberman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Anacostia Rail Holdings, said. “We could not have had a better candidate to continue building on the success of NYA. The railroad is in its best-ever financial and physical condition, and it fields a team of unmatched professional railroaders.”

Taylor expressed excitement about his new role. “I look forward with enthusiasm to this new opportunity,” Taylor remarked. “Over the past eight years with NYA, I have enjoyed developing solutions that help our customers thrive while serving our diverse community and workforce and managing our safe, efficient and green operations. Our success has been achieved with the close cooperation of our host, the Long Island Rail Road, the busiest commuter railroad in North America.”

Taylor’s career in railroading began in 1999 when he joined the ARH-owned Pacific Harbor Line. His industry involvement includes serving on the Safety and Operations Management Committee of the Association of American Railroads, as President of the Railroads of New York, and as a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Leadership Council. He resides in Lynbrook, NY, with his wife.

James Bonner, the outgoing president, will transition to his new role as president of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway after a brief transitional period. “We are grateful to James for his leadership and dedication, and we look forward to a continued strong relationship with him,” added Lieberman.

Founded in May 1997, NYA operates freight trains on lines owned by the Long Island Rail Road, serving a diverse customer base and replacing over 120,000 heavy truck trips annually. This shift significantly reduces transportation emissions by 75%, according to the company. NYA maintains connections with multiple other rail networks, including BRT, CP, CSX, NS, NYNJ and P&W.