MBTA GM Davey To Be New Transportation Secretary

By The Associated Press

Aug. 4, 2011

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has named MBTA General Manager Richard Davey to be the state's new Secretary of Transportation.

Davey succeeds Jeffrey Mullan, who announced plans earlier in the month to leave the $150,000-per-year post. The appointment was announced Thursday.

Davey is expected to take over the new position on Sept. 1. He'll will be at the helm of the state's huge transportation bureaucracy, with oversight of key public assets including highways, public transportation and airports. The responsibilities of the job have multiplied in recent years as Patrick moved to consolidate many of the state's formerly disparate transportation agencies.

Davey, 38, has headed the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority since March 2010. He previously served as general manager of Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, a private firm that operates the MBTA's commuter rail system.

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