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tinlin-head-shotMassDOT is pleased to announce that former Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin has been named 2017 Professional Transportation Manager of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

“We’re incredibly proud of Tom and the well-deserved recognition of all he accomplished as Massachusetts Highway Administrator,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “He led our implementation of All-Electronic Tolling on the Mass Pike and oversaw the launch of new, successful municipal partnerships such as the Small Bridge Program, and, most importantly he underscored the need for safety to be considered in making decisions about projects, the deployment of logistics and employee response to weather and road emergencies.  On behalf of MassDOT employees and the driving public, I would like to extend thanks and congratulations. His excellent work in building partnerships with municipal leaders, nonprofit officials and in developing relationships with members of the public engaged in our work is his lasting legacy.”

The Professional Manager Award is intended to recognize public works professionals who have demonstrated ingenuity and innovation in overcoming challenges in their respective fields.

Mr. Tinlin is a native of South Boston who holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, where he remains an active alumnus and serves on several boards and in the mentorship program. He was the longest-serving Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department in the City’s history, serving under Mayor Thomas Menino, before coming to MassDOT in January 2014. By September 2015 he had been appointed Highway Administrator by Secretary Pollack, becoming the top Highway official in the Commonwealth. Under Mr. Tinlin, the Highway Division consistently delivered over $1 billion in capital improvements each year, focused on bringing the state’s 3,000 centerline miles of pavement and 5,000 bridges into a state of good repair.

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