T’s director of parking leaves authority

T’s director of parking leaves authority

Agency officials refuse to discuss the departure

THE MBTA’s DIRECTOR OF PARKING left the transit authority on Friday after just a little over a year on the job, raising concerns that oversight of one of the transit authority’s major sources of revenue is once again in turmoil.

Sources say David J. Friend’s departure was related to the MBTA’s oversight of its contract with Republic Parking System of Chatanooga, Tennessee. Republic was hired on April 1 last year to manage the MBTA’s parking lots after the T became dissatisfied with its earlier vendor, LAZ Parking, whose employees were accused of stealing an undetermined amount of money. LAZ ultimately settled a lawsuit brought by the T by agreeing to pay $4.5 million.

Republic’s five-year contract with the T is structured very differently from the contract with LAZ. The performance-based contract pays Republic $360,000 a year, well below the $9.4 million a year paid to LAZ, but the agreement requires the T to reimburse Republic on a monthly basis for staffing, maintenance, and other operating expenses. The T is expecting a $15 million increase during the current fiscal year from parking and advertising revenues.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo, in response to an inquiry from CommonWealth, confirmed Friend’s last day on the job but declined to provide any other information. He said the agency doesn’t discuss personnel matters.

According to state payroll records, Friend was hired in October 2016 at an annual salary of $118,251.

The T owns 10 garages and 91 surface parking lots, a total of over 44,000 spaces.

  • Aeroguy

    Was salary the issue? $118,251 is not great for the level of responsibility.

    • Mhmjjj2012

      I was thinking the same thing. Or it could be the chaos after LAX was simply too much to work through. Or he wasn’t politically connected enough at the MBTA. Who really knows?

  • JFKWOULDROLLOVER

    Somebody’s arm was elbow deep into the cookie jar…..