David Scorey is CEO of Keolis North America. Scorey began his career in transportation as an apprentice mechanical engineer, moving up to a variety of supervisory and managerial positions in the industry for British Rail, Intercity West Coast, Virgin Trains, and Alstom before joining Southern Railway in 2004. In the fall of 2016, Scorey took over as General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services (KCS) in Boston, MA. At KCS, he led the operation and maintenance of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) commuter rail system, which carries more than 127,000 passengers daily throughout the Greater Boston area. Under his leadership at KCS, the commuter rail surpassed its ten-year average for on-time-performance by two percent and increased revenue and ridership – a testament to effective leadership and commitment to riders.
Opportunities can feel few and far between these days, which is exactly why the U.S. must seize the one it was recently handed: a rare chance to give public transportation the makeover that current passengers have long demanded and that which there is a latent demand for by potential passengers.