Post Content

Mullan-2011

Posted by Jeff Mullan

I had the good fortune this week to have been invited to attend the dedication of the MBTA’s Legal Conference Room in memory of Bill Mitchell.  You all know that he served the MBTA with distinction for 17 years, including a time as General Manager.  I was thrilled to attend and glad to be a part of a very nice event that included Bill’s family.

William MitchellAt the ceremony, I remarked that Bill was a lawyer’s lawyer, a gentleman’s gentleman, and a friend’s friend.  Several who spoke made similar comments about Bill – how he was always a professional, how he was a mentor to many of us, and how universally respected he was.  At a time when we seldom take the time, we had gathered from many different places to celebrate and to share stories about who Bill was as a person.  And by that measure, he was a giant.

The day got me thinking to the times I spent with Bill when he was GM and I was Secretary.  Inevitably, the conversation came around to back in the day stories about state transportation at a time when relationships between the agencies were not good – indeed how they were sometimes outright hostile, how transportation reform had made us focus on and pay attention to those relationships, and how that was a critical part of what we were both trying to do.  It also reminded me of the absolutely critical role that Bill Mitchell, the person, played to end those hostilities.  When asked, I tell people that is transportation reform’s greatest success.

Those of us who were privileged to know Bill already miss him.  Those of you who didn’t know him should know of the legacy he left – a legacy that stands for what it really means to be a friend and a colleague, and a legacy that is now documented in a conference room at 10 Park Plaza.  Pretty good stuff, I would say.

Bravo to you Bill Mitchell.  Rest in peace, my good friend.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August posted on Jul 22

Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August

MassDOT’s contractor is scheduled to begin the next stage of construction on the Longfellow Bridge in August 2016 now that the MBTA Red Line trains have been moved to their new locations. In this stage, bridge rehabilitation work will occur under the MBTA outbound track.   …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: Next Stage of Construction to Begin in August

Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station posted on Jul 21

Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station

MassDOT Highway Administrator Tom Tinlin today joined local legislators to break ground on the Assabet River Rail Trail construction project in Maynard. The $6.7 million project links the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district as well as the MBTA South   …Continue Reading Maynard: Assabet River Rail Trail to Connect with MBTA Station

Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations posted on Jul 20

Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations

MassDOT has announced that “Fast Charging” Stations for Electric Vehicles will be available at I-90 Service Plazas beginning later this year. Depending upon the electric vehicle and the state of its current charge, the stations will charge an electric vehicle to at least 80% power   …Continue Reading Coming Soon: Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Stations