Kevin Corbett, a former vice president at multinational engineering firm Aecom, has been confirmed as the next leader of NJ Transit.
NJ Transit’s board of directors approved New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of Mr. Corbett at a meeting in Newark on Wednesday.
The board also approved a proposed alignment for a 10-mile extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail from North Bergen to Englewood Hospital, helping the project continue in its environmental-review phase.
Mr. Corbett’s position running one of the largest bus and rail systems in the country pays $280,000 a year, according to NJ Transit documents.
Mr. Corbett takes over at a difficult time. Customer satisfaction and staff morale are low following years of financial cuts, poor service and safety concerns.
At a news conference following Wednesday’s meeting, outgoing Executive Director Steven Santoro said NJ Transit is improving.
Mr. Santoro cited recent customer surveys showing satisfaction levels rising from their low point last spring when speed restrictions at New York Penn Station caused regular delays. “There’s still more work to do,” Mr. Santoro said.
Write to Paul Berger at Paul.Berger@wsj.com