JOBIT: Wheeler, William M. [MC1968 RIP] 2018-Oct-27


William Wheeler, New York Mass Transit Visionary, Dies at 69
Posted 5:11 p.m. yesterday
By Sam Roberts, New York Times

*** begin quote ***

William M. Wheeler, who as a New York mass transit official oversaw the strategic planning that inaugurated the MetroCard, belatedly spawned the first phase of the Second Avenue subway and dared, by recommending countdown clocks, to introduce the presumption that subways and buses would arrive punctually, died Saturday at his home in Tarrytown, New York. He was 69.

The cause was coronary artery disease, which had previously been undetected, his son, William Wheeler III, said

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s deputy director of strategic planning from 1986 to 1992, director of planning and development for the next decade and, since 2002, director of special project development and planning, Wheeler did not have much of a public profile, but he was persuasive privately within the agency and before its board.

*** and ***

“It’s hard,” he told streetsblognyc in 2013. “The only thing more important than owning a gun in the United States is having a parking spot.”

*** and ***

William Moyer Wheeler Jr. was born Sept. 24, 1949, in Braintree, Massachusetts. His father was an engineer for a manufacturing company. His mother, Betty Jane Reid, was a teacher.

After graduating from Haddon Heights High School in New Jersey, he received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Marietta College in Ohio, a master’s in public administration specializing in urban affairs from American University in Washington, and a master of science degree from Manhattan College School of Engineering in the Bronx.

Before joining the MTA, he was a transportation planner for the city of Yonkers and director of planning for the Westchester transportation department. Since 1983, he had also directed the central staff of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.

In 1972, he married Diane Grisanti. She died in 2013. In addition to his son, he is survived by his daughter, Joanna Marie Wheeler; his mother; a brother, Jon Wheeler; and a sister, Wendy Wheeler.

*** end quote ***


Wheeler, William M. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: None cited

# – # – # – # – # 2018-Nov-01 @ 00:42

Dear John,

                    I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for William.

                            May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

# – # – # – # – # 2018-Nov-02 @ 21:38

RE: William Wheeler (MC 1968) RIP

Dear John,

                 Friday’s NY Times at Page B13 has an extensive Obit for William.

                         May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Wheeler, William M. [MC1968 RIP]

# – # – # – # – # 2018-Nov-03 @ 21:48


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.