“There is no need to catalogue the problems and issues that have plagued RIPTA for years,” wrote Rep. Raymond A. Hull in a letter to the governor. “We are all aware of them and our constituents – many of them loyal RIPTA users – often suffer because of them.”
The solution, Representative Hull suggests to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, is to offer the RI Public Transit Authority executive director position to Beverly Scott, who recently resigned her general manager post at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
“What RIPTA needs is strong leadership by someone with a proven background in mass transportation,” wrote Representative Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence). “If we are committed to improving mass transit in Rhode Island – and I strongly believe we should be – we need to fix RIPTA and we need the best person at the top to do that.”
Dr. Beverly Scott, until her recent resignation, has been the general manager at the MBTA since December, 2012. She previously held senior positions with other metropolitan transit agencies, including the MTA in New York and agencies in Washington and Dallas, and has worked in public transit for nearly 30 years including several years as general manager of RIPTA. She holds a doctorate in political science with a specialization in public administration and is renowned in the transit industry for her leadership and management style.
Representative Hull said he is not certain she would be interested in the RIPTA position but believes Rhode Island should take advantage of this opportunity and offer her the job. “One state’s loss can be our state’s gain. We need to find someone with a strong background to take charge of RIPTA and I am encouraging, urging our governor to reach out, while Dr. Scott is available, and bring her back to Rhode Island,” he said.