All Things Travel: MBTA Gets New GM
BOSTON (CBS) – In less than a week, a year-long national search to fill the top posts of Massachusetts’ two major transportation agencies has ended.
First, Thomas Glynn was approved by the Massport board to become the CEO and Executive Director of that Authority on September 20.
Four days later, Beverly Scott was appointed as general manager of the MBTA.
Glynn has held several public and private sector jobs in Massachusetts.
Scott currently serves as CEO-GM of MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority.
Both positions will pay about $220,000 annually. Both Glynn and Scott should be starting their new jobs by the end of the year. Their contracts will be for three years.
Scott will be the first female general manager of the MBTA.
The two board meetings were very different as the unanimous vote of approval took place.
After several finalists withdrew, Glynn was in the room for the vote and then outlined his immediate plans as he started his new job.
Scott was one of two finalists, both of whom appeared before the MassDOT Board in open session to be questioned.
Two things that Glynn and Scott have in common area are decades of public service and working with fellow employees and the communities that they serve.
Scott has more than 30 years of transportation experience and in her own words knows her way around.
She and Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey appeared together at a press conference after the board voted its approval Monday.
More than 100 applications were received for the position with 22 people forwarded to the preliminary screening committee.
From 1996 to 2001, Scott headed up transportation in Rhode Island.
“It was my first experience with water transportation when we initiated the ferry service between Providence and Newport,” said Scott.
One of the ideas that has been discussed is for Massport to take over more of the water transportation costs on routes locally from the MBTA.
The deciding factor in both transportation posts may have been their experience as CEOs of organizations.
Scott arrived from Atlanta on Sunday. She rode the free Silver Line from Logan Airport to South Station. The Massport Board voted last week to extend that service until the end of the year.
Massport is paying the costs of the test that started in June. It will cost the Authority about $700,000 this year.
Bob Weiss reports on business travel on Mondays at 5:55 a.m. on WBZ NewsRadio 1030.