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Mullan-2011

Posted by Jeff Mullan, MassDOT Secretary & CEO

TD Garden, Bruins, Zakim Bridge, June 15, 2011 Congratulations to the Boston Bruins for bringing back the greatest trophy in American sport.  I hope you all enjoyed the Stanley Cup run.  I sure did.  The best part for me was seeing a new generation of fans experience a new generation of Bruins – just like we did back in the day.  It brought back a lot of fun memories of the early 1970s for me – memories of the pride we felt to share in the accomplishment, as if we were on the ice with those big, bad Bruins.  My kids will be talking about this week 40 years from now, just like I am still talking about those days.  Their stories will be better than mine.  I hope. 

I have spent the last couple of weeks talking with a lot of people about generations and generational responsibility.  You may have heard me talk about Tom Friedman’s comparison of the greatest generation – the folks who fought in World War II and built today’s America, with the grasshopper generation – those of us, including me, who having been feeding off the greatest generation ever since.  Governor Patrick has said often that it is time for us grasshoppers to step up and make a better place for those who follow us.

I see a lot of this here at MassDOT.  A construction program that is unprecedented in its technological scope and geographic reach, a top to bottom focus on customer service at the RMV and at the T, an aeronautics division working hard with our public and private airports on economic development and opportunity, and an agency-wide GreenDOT policy working to imbed sustainability into all that we do.  All of this work is aimed at the very simple goal of making our transportation system better for today and for tomorrow.  I know that we are making a difference because my colleagues around the nation are asking me about what we are doing and how we are doing it.  These questions should make you all proud because it is the work that you do that is generating the discussion. 

For the Bruins, the pride is back.  Just like people in all of New England are proud of their Bruins and want to share in their success, you should all be proud of the progress MassDOT is making.  After all, we all have the same job of moving, or helping to move, people and goods from one point to another.  We therefore can rightfully share in our joint success and need to support each other when something doesn’t go so well. 

I am proud to be the Secretary of Transportation.  When the pride comes your way, catch it, hang on, and think about its importance in your daily tasks.  My children and your children will thank you for it.

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