COMMITTEES

Large bodies such as the MBTA Advisory Board’s 176 members function effectivly with robust and active committee structures. The Advisory Board’s committees are where much of the organization’s work takes place, and where members can have the greatest impact on the MBTA.

OFFICERS:

Hon. Thomas Koch as Chair, City of Quincy

Hon. Brian Arrigo as Vice Chair, City of Revere

Vineet Gupta as Secretary/Clerk, City of Boston

Todd Kirrane as Treasurer, Town of Brookline

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

The Advisory Board’s enabling legislation allows the body to delegate its power of approval to an Executive Committee formed and elected pursuant to the duly adopted by-laws of the board and constituting among its members at least one-half of the total weighted vote of the board. This Committee may act for the full body at its discretion and shall also make nominations for all officers and committees to the full body at its annual general meeting. This committee meets about 10 times per year.
Hon. Lenard Diggins, Town of Arlington
Hon. Robert Scherer, Town of Ashland
Hon. Roy Epstein, PhD, Town of Belmont
Glenn D. Cannon, P.E., Town of Bourne
Susanne Rasmussen, City of Cambridge
P. Christopher Podgurski, Town of Canton
John DePriest, City of Chelsea
Jay Monty, City of Everett
Hon. Jennifer Constable, Town of Hull
William Bochnak, City of Lynn
Yem Lip, P.E., City of Malden
Todd Blake, City of Medford
Michael Dennehy, Town of Milton
Josh Ostroff, Town of Natick
David Koses, City of Newton
Joseph Collins, Town of Norwood
Brad Rawson, City of Somerville
Laura Wiener, AICP, Town of Watertown

COMMITTEES

(Listed A-Z by municipality)

BOSTON MPO COMMITTEE:

Comprised of community members with seats on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), this committee meets regularly to consider matters coming before the Boston MPO to encourage regional harmony, and to help cities and towns present a united approach to the region’s transportation needs.

NOTE: This is a new committee, and we look forward to electing committee members next month.

BUDGET COMMITTEE (INTERNAL):

This committee is chaired by the Advisory Board’s elected Treasurer. Its brief is to establish the body’s internal operating budget annually, to oversee spending, and to receive outside audits and reviews by independent financial experts. This committee meets 2-3 times each Spring to understand the internal budget for the Advisory Board and its staff, and to draft and recommend a budget for the organization to the full body. It then meets quarterly to oversee internal spending and financial activities.

Hon. Lenard Diggins, Town of Arlington
Todd Kirrane, Treasurer (Chair), Town of Brookline
Frank Tramontozzi, City of Quincy
Hon. Colette Aufranc, Town of Wellesley

 

BY-LAW COMMITTEE:

Review and rewrite MBTA Advisory Board By-laws. This committee, along with the Executive Committee, can introduce amendments to the body’s by-laws for the full Advisory Board to consider at its annual general meeting held each June.

Michael Dutton, Town of Bridgewater
Laura Wiener, AICP, Town of Watertown
Steve Olanoff, Town of Westwood

 

CIP COMMITTEE:

Oversight and review of MBTA capital spending plans with particular focus on the annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and quinquennial Program for Mass Transportation (PMT).This committee meets 2-3 times each spring to review and draft an oversight report of the Authority’s CIP, and at other times throughout the year to receive updates on the MBTA’s progress towards meeting its capital spending goals.

Benjamin Bloomenthal, Town of Acton
Glenn Cannon, P.E., Town of Bourne
Alan Castaline, City of Brockton
Susanne Rasmussen, City of Cambridge
Anthony Ansaldi, Town of Wenham

 

CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY COMMITTEE:

This committee oversees the Authority’s efforts to reduce its carbon usage across its internal and external operations. Understanding that the MBTA is the largest provider of emission-free transportation in New England, this committee takes a wholistic approach to consider the Authority’s policies around reducing its carbon footprint.

NOTE: This is a new committee, and we look forward to electing committee members next month.

COMMUTER RAIL COMMITTEE:

Oversight of Commuter Rail operations, review of operating contract process, discussions about the future of commuter rail expansion/ transformation and Commuter Rail pilots. Comprised of communities that host MBTA Commuter Rail stations, or abut those that do, or wish to, this committee meets quarterly with. senior MBTA and Keolis executives to discuss service-related matters, rail policies, and the future of rail in the Commonwealth.

Hon. Robert Scherer, Town of Ashland
Hon. Roy Epstein, PhD, Town of Belmont
Alan Castaline, City of Brockton
Glenn Cannon, Town of Bourne
Christopher Podgurski, Town of Canton
Richard Prone, Town of Duxbury
Anthony Ansaldi, Town of Wenham
Steve Olanoff, Town of Westwood

 

FERRY COMMITTEE:

Oversight of ferry operations, review of ferry contract process, and discussions about the future of ferry service, ferry pilots. Comprised of communities that host MBTA ferry service, or those who wish to, this committee meets quarterly with senior MBTA and Keolis executives to discuss service-related matters, ferry policies, and the future of ferries in the Commonwealth. 

Bob D’Amico, City of Boston
David M. Alschuler, Town of Hingham
Hon. Jennifer Constable, Town of Hull
William Bochnak, City of Lynn
Frank Tramontozzi, City of Quincy
Tom Devine, Town of Salem
Al Bangert, Town of Scituate

 

FINANCE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (MBTA):

Oversight and review of all MBTA operating budget items. This committee reviews and comments on the MBTA’s multi-billion-dollar annual operating budget and all its components. It meets 2-3 times each Spring to prepare and draft an annual oversight report for the full board’s consideration. This Committee also meets with MBTA financial executives several times annually to understand MBTA financial matters, comment on MBTA policies, and receive reports on MBTA spending on an ongoing basis.

Vineet Gupta, City of Boston
Michael Dutton, Town of Bridgewater
Alan Castaline, City of Brockton
Josh Ostroff, Town of Natick
Frank Tramontozzi, City of Quincy

 

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE:

This committee examines legislation affecting the MBTA Advisory Board and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. It recommends amendments and actions to the full board and/or the Executive Committee.

NOTE: This is a new committee, and we look forward to electing committee members next month.

SERVICE COMMITTEE:

 Oversight of better bus program, bus network re-design, Green Line transformation, Red & Orange Line transformation, and review of bus rapid transit pilots. This committee is comprised of communities that host, or wish to host, MBTA bus, heavy rail, light rail, and paratransit services. It meets with MBTA operations executives quarterly to receive reports and information about MBTA reliability, service, and improvements to the rapid transit systems that comprise the core of the MBTA.

Matthew Moran, City of Boston
Todd Kirrane, Town of Brookline
Susanne Rasmussen, City of Cambridge
John DePriest, City of Chelsea
Jay Monty, City of Everett
Susan Barrett, Town of Lexington
Todd Blake, City of Medford
David Koses, City of Newton
Frank Tramontozzi, City of Quincy
Laura Wiener, AICP, Town of Watertown
Steve Olanoff, Town of Westwood