Beverly A. Scott, general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, announced her resignation on Feb. 11 following criticism by Gov. Charlie Baker (R) of “T” transit performance that left thousands stranded during two system-wide shutdowns in a string of epic snow storms.
Gov. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R) said in a statement the same day, they were “surprised” to learn of Scott's resignation. She will stay on until April 11 while a search for a successor is conducted.
On Feb. 12, the governor met with MTBA officials to assess the issues that have plagued the agency in recent weeks and develop operational and maintenance plans.
“We value Dr. Scott and her team’s efforts during this historical winter which has posed incredible challenges to our transportation system, and we appreciate the hard work of the MBTA employees who are still operating around the clock to help commuters,” Baker said in a Feb. 12 statement.
"I am stunned by the resignation of Dr. Scott,” said John Jenkins, chairman of MassDOT’s board of directors. “Be clear, this board has had no discussions at any time about her tenure as general manager. We hoped and expected that she would fulfill her three year contract, which ends in December.”
“We value Dr. Scott and her team’s efforts during this historical winter which has posed incredible challenges to our transportation system,” Baker said in a Feb. 12 statement.
Jenkins said the Board to direct a nationwide search to replace Scott, who was named to head MBTA and state DOT's rail-and-transit division in 2012. The first woman to serve in those roles in Massachusetts, she had been CEO and general manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Transit Authority (MARTA) and led transit agencies in Sacramento and Rhode Island.
Over the next 60 days, Scott said she “will place priority on working with our team to return ‘T’ services to normalcy following these unprecedented weather conditions.”
Scott also plans “to develop the first cut of an emergency enhancement and resiliency plan, including a peer ‘best’ practices assessment and finalize the fiscal year 2016 budget proposal."