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Gov. Baker appoints MBTA board members

Legislation established a new, permanent board of directors for the MBTA.
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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed the seven members of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's (MBTA) board and designated Betsy Taylor as chair. 

In July, Baker signed legislation that established a new, permanent board of directors for the MBTA, which includes the state's secretary of transportation and a member with municipal government experience. The governor appoints the remaining five members, including a rider and resident of an environmental justice population, and a person recommended by the president of the AFL-CIO.

The appointees include:  

  • Betsy Taylor, chair, who has served as the treasurer and chair of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's Finance & Audit Committee since 2015;
  • Robert Butler, president of the northeast regional council of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers;
  • Thomas Darling, an independent consultant on safety, security, environmental and change management performance;
  • Travis McCready, executive director of US Life Sciences Market;
  • Mary Beth Mello, a principal at Mello Transportation Consulting; and
  • Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, who is the MBTA advisory board's designee.


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