Metro general manager Richard Sarles was contacted this week by transit executives asking if he’d be interested in being considered for the job of running the Big Apple’s transit agency, but he declined, according to a Metro spokesman, saying he is “committed to his job rebuilding Metro.”

Sarles took the helm of running Metro in January after serving as its interim general manager. He has previously worked for Amtrak, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Transit. Sarles has said he plans to work to make Metro safer, more reliable and to repairing and fixing the aging, 35-year-old system.

In July, Jay H. Walder – the head of New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority – said he was leaving the transit agency to head a company that runs rail services in Europe and Asia. The MTA, the biggest transit agency in the country, operates the New York City subway and other commuter lines and buses.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said Sarles was sounded out by transit industry officials in the northeast but indicated that “he is committed to Washington and continuing to rebuild Metro.”

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