Post Content

Governor Deval Patrick in April signed an Executive Order establishing a Commission to examine and offer suggestions to improve/reform Community, Social Service and Paratransit transportation.

The first meeting of the Commission is scheduled as follows:

Thursday August 25th, 3:30-5:00pm, Gardner Auditorium, State House

As people’s transportation needs change, so do their expectations of their public transportation system.  As a result, the demand for services keeps growing, costs continue to rise and resources remain limited. The goal of the Commission is to develop detailed recommendations for reform and maximize efficiencies in the provision of these critical services utilized by persons with disabilities, persons with low incomes, persons with Limited English Proficiency, and seniors and visitors to the Commonwealth.

The Executive Order established a Commission of 16 members.  The Governor’s office, through their outreach to State agencies and their partners, along with consulting industry leaders in various transportation areas, suggested names of people across the Commonwealth who possess the expertise listed in the Order for the Governor’s review. The Commission is co-chaired by MassDOT Secretary Mullan and Health & Human Services Secretary Bigby. The 16 members include:

Jeff Mullan – MassDOT Secretary and CEO
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby – Secretary of Health and Human Services
Coleman Nee – Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Ann Hartstein- Secretary of Elder Affairs
Jay Gonzalez – Secretary of Admin & Finance
Ron Marlow- Assistant Secretary of Admin & Finance for Access and Opportunity
Richard Davey- General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Francis Gay and Thomas Cahir- Representatives for the Regional Transit Authorities
Francisca Fajana- One member with Civil Rights background
Judith O'Connor – One representative of a Council on Aging
Jini Fairley and Denise Karuth – Members representing Paratransit users
Mohammed Khan and Will Rodman- Members with expertise in Paratransit service delivery and operations
Linda Guiod – One member with extensive experience in human services

Six listening sessions will also be held throughout the state to allow for the general public to speak to Commission members about their experiences regarding community, social service and paratransit transportation. Dates for these sessions will be posted and publicized as soon as they are available on the Executive Order web page. 

Written By:

Recent Posts

Governor Baker Appoints Mayors Sullivan, Mazzarella to MassDOT Board posted on Aug 4

Governor Baker Appoints Mayors Sullivan, Mazzarella to MassDOT Board

Governor Charlie Baker today announced the appointment of Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan and Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The MassDOT Board was expanded to 11 members by the Legislature this year based upon a   …Continue Reading Governor Baker Appoints Mayors Sullivan, Mazzarella to MassDOT Board

MassDOT Launches Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal Project posted on Aug 3

MassDOT Launches Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal Project

MassDOT today announced the launch of a statewide program to retrofit approximately 350 traffic signals on state highways across Massachusetts. As part of the retrofit project, upgraded signal technology will begin installation at seven intersections in Wilmington and three intersections in Tyngsborough. The signal heads   …Continue Reading MassDOT Launches Flashing Yellow Arrow Traffic Signal Project

MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team posted on Jul 30

MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team

Today, MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced Brian Shortsleeve will serve as the Chief Administrator for the MBTA, working alongside the newly appointed Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB), interim General Manager Frank DePaola, who will continue in his current role focusing solely on operations and   …Continue Reading MassDOT Secretary Announces MBTA Leadership Team