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Pres. Obama nominates former MBTA GM Scott to member of NTSB

Posted on July 31, 2015

Beverly Scott pictured at the 2014 City Year Boston 6th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast. Photo: Jennifer Cogswell
Beverly Scott pictured at the 2014 City Year Boston 6th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast. Photo: Jennifer Cogswell

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama has nominated former Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) General Manager Beverly Scott for a spot on the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Dr. Beverly Scott left the MBTA after this winter’s horrendous weather and worse transit service, WGBH reported.

In addition to leading the MBTA, Scott was Massachusetts Department of Transportation Rail & Transit Administrator, roles she held from 2012 to April 2015. 

She has also served as a Member on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council since 2011 and was designated Vice Chair in 2012. From 2007 to 2012, she was the CEO/GM of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority.

The NTSB investigates dangerous transportation incidents, conducts safety studies and assists victims of accidents. The panel  is charged with providing the government with safety recommendations after investigating automobile, rail and aviation accidents, the report said.

The NTSB has five Board Members, each nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve 5-year terms, according to the agency website.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wouldn’t say he supports Obama’s pick, but will give Scott the benefit of the doubt, according to a WGBH report.

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