Brian Shortsleeve, who has served in the Armed Forced as a United States Marine Corps officer, will now serve as the Chief Administrator for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Shortsleeve will work alongside the newly appointed Fiscal and Management Control Board, interim General Manager Frank DePaola and Jeff Gonneville, a 14-year veteran of the MBTA, who will serve as the permanent Chief Operating Officer.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack says "I believe the MBTA is on track for a transformation designed to ensure that customers receive the safest and most reliable, innovative and customer-responsive transit possible."
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"Brian is a proven leader with a successful track record fixing and running complex organizations large and small and his expertise is exactly what is needed to get the job done," adds Governor Charlie Baker.
Shortsleeve has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sector.
The MBTA is currently implementing the $83 million Winter Resiliency Plan, which is making investments this summer and over the next five years in snow removal equipment, infrastructure upgrades and operations during winter weather to improve service reliability.
The Boston-area public transit system was plagued by massive breakdowns during a spate of severe winter storms.