T report recommends management, oversight changes
Backs a board to directly oversee agency beyond 2020
THE MBTA SHOULD REVAMP its top management structure and a board should continue to provide direct oversight of T operations after 2020, according to a draft strategic report issued on Monday by the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board.
The T’s current management structure calls for two coequal leaders – a general manager and a chief administrative officer. The former general manager stepped down in June 2016 and the chief administrator, Brian Shortsleeve, has since then been doing both jobs.In its strategic report, the T’s oversight board said the agency should be run by a single CEO/general manager along with two aides – a deputy general manager for administration and another deputy for infrastructure and operations. State officials are currently looking to hire at new CEO/general manager.
The Fiscal and Management Control Board was scheduled to go out of existence next year, but has agreed in principle with a request from Gov. Charlie Baker to stay on until June 2020. The strategic plan said the board in 2020 should be replaced with a new and permanent board with direct oversight of the T. In past years, the T had been managed by a larger board overseeing all of the state transportation bureaucracy.