NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The first-ever chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has died.

William Ronan passed away in Florida at the age of 101, CBS 2 reported.

Ronan was appointed chairman of the MTA — then known as the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Agency — in 1965 by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.

During Ronan’s tenure, the MTA created the Metro-North Railroad by acquiring separate commuter lines, CBS 2 reported.

Ronan was also the chief proponent of the Second Avenue subway project.

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