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Obama picks MBTA's Bev Scott for US transportation post

The former MBTA General Manager was among White House appointees this week. Scott resigned her Mass. role in February.

Scott was the first woman and second African-American to head the MBTA.Getty Images

President Barack Obama has hand-selected the former head of the MBTA, who resigned this year as the record-setting winter walloped the state, as a nominee for a seat on the National Transportation Safety Board.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott was among those nominatedto federal posts, according to the White House announced.

Scott, the first woman and second African-American to head the T, served in the state for more than two years. She announced her resignation abruptly in February as frustration mounted with late and cancelled trains and other of the city’s snow-related snafus.

Frank DePaola took over the gig in an interim capacity in April.

President Obama praised his nominees in a statement.

“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service,” Obama wrote. “I look forward to working with them.”

The NTSB investigates major crashes involving airplanes, railroads, highways and other major transportation systems. The board also advocates for safety improvements.

Others chosen for federal positions included the ambassador to the Republic of Panama and a member of the National Council on the Humanities.

 

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