MBTA General Manager to become new Transportation Secretary - Metro US

MBTA General Manager to become new Transportation Secretary

The MBTA’s general manager, Rich Davey, will step down from his role as over-seer of the T and take on a new position with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

According to a spokesperson from the MBTA, Gov. Deval Patrick will make an announcement around 12:45 p.m., today, August 4, at the State House that Davey will take over as Transportation Secretary on Sept. 1.

The current Transportation Secretary, Jeff Mullan, is leaving the public position to go back to the private sector, according to reports.

Boston.com reports that Davey will be responsible for choosing the next GM for the T, either on an interim or permanent basis.

That person will not be named at today’s conference.

Davey, who has spent much of his time trying to boost revenue for the MBTA since he first took over in March 2010, implemented several new initiatives including an MBTA online store and selling the naming rights to T stations.

Davey took some heat last month when several red line cars broke down underground in Porter Square, trapping passengers for hours.

Prior to his role as general manager, Davey spent a year and a half at the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, the company that operates and maintains the MBTA’s commuter rail service.

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