Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO
This week, I had an opportunity to discuss the past, present and future of transportation with a group of about 150 young professionals involved in transportation in Massachusetts. They came from both the private and public sector and from varying areas of interest: finance, planning, engineering, operations, and construction. Many of them work for us. Whatever their background, they were united in their passion to see a better transportation system for the Commonwealth.
I spent well over an hour talking with them about all things transportation. It was not my most difficult session, but they were not pushovers, and at one point I was questioned on whether we were pushing the hard stuff off to another day – something we try not to do as it is very much the opposite of the difficult choices imbedded in transportation reform.
I was really glad to have the conversation because it went to something on which I am focused – workplace culture. It reminded me that there are many people from all walks of life who care about, and have a stake in, the work that we're doing. It demonstrated a sense of initiative amongst those to whom we are working to hand down a better system. Most of all, it reminded me of how important our work today is in building a better Commonwealth for tomorrow.
As we try to empower every employee in the DOT to do their job as well as possible, it’s great to know that most of you want to do your best and to improve every day. That was never more on display than this week. These are key building blocks to what we are trying to do together. Keep it up.
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