During a Wednesday morning meeting, Ms. Shevell gave her parting remarks: “In my 30-year professional career, this has been the highlight for me… Thank you so much. I am so very emotional and sad right now.”
Ms. Shevell will now be splitting time between New York and London, home of her Beatles husband Paul McCartney lives.
Born into the New England Motor Freight haulage dynasty, Ms. Shevell began serving the city in 2001. Her term on the M.T.A. board actually expired last year, but she had remained the head of the bus committee.
“She plays for the company team,” said Gene Russianoff , longtime spokesperson for the Straphanger’s Campaign during an interview last year with the Observer. “During her tenure as bus committee chairman, they eliminated 570 bus stops, which led to worse service. She didn’t publicly fight the budget cuts. She’s not a thorn in the side of the M.T.A.”