COMMITTEES

Large bodies such as the MBTA Advisory Board’s 176 members function effectively 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:

M.G.L. c. 161A, § 7A, provides that the Advisory Board may 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. The Executive Committee shall make recommendations for action to the Advisory Board and may act as the delegate of the Advisory Board consistent with the language in the enabling legislation. The Executive Committee may create, from time to time, such other sub-committees as further the purpose and goals of the Advisory Board. Said sub-committees shall meet in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meeting Law, M.G.L. c. 30A, § 18-25. Notice of time, place, and topics of each meeting shall be posted in electronic format by the Secretary/Clerk, or their designee. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of sub-committee members, but never less than three members. The sub-committee may act by the affirmative casting of a majority of the votes represented in the quorum.
Members (A-Z by Municipality)
Lenard Diggins, Town of Arlington
Robert Scherer, Town of Ashland
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
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)

BUDGET & AUDIT COMMITTEE:

Chaired by the body’s Treasurer, the Budget & Audit Committee is charged with the development and oversight of the organization’s annual internal budget, which includes all office space, staff employment costs, and other related costs. It shall also receive any financial audits conducted of the body’s books and finances, and work with the Executive Director to ensure full compliance with all appropriate financial monitoring and oversight policies and procedures.

Lenard Diggins, Town of Arlington
Todd Kirrane, Treasurer (Chair), Town of Brookline
Sean Hendricks, Town of Millbury
Frank Tramontozzi, P.E., City of Quincy

Juan Diego Jaramillo, City of Revere
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

 

CAPITAL BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE:

Charged with the ongoing review of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s capital spending plans, including its annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), and the quinquennial Program for Mass Transportation (PMT). These reviews consider the Authority’s proposals and assumptions of revenue and expense and highlight any changes in spending compared to prior years, or that seem unreasonable in the opinion of the committee. These reports also include recommendations to policy makers about certain projects or programs, or other capital spending matters deemed important to member communities by the Committee.

Benjamin Bloomenthal, Town of Acton
Glenn Cannon, P.E., Town of Bourne
Susanne Rasmussen, City of Cambridge
Juan Diego Jaramillo, City of Revere

 

CLIMATE & CLEAN ENERGY COMMITTEE:

This committee reviews MBTA’s efforts to de-carbonize. Understanding that the MBTA is the largest provider of emission-free transportation in New England, this committee considers the Authority’s strategic climate plans, comments upon such plans, and recommends strategies and actions for the full body to consider. Meets quarterly with MBTA senior staff working on climate, sustainability, and de-carbonization.

Rob Scherer, Town of Ashland
Susan Barrett, Town of Lexington
Colette Aufranc, Town of Wellesley

COMMUTER RAIL COMMITTEE:

Review of MBTA’s Commuter Rail operations, contracting processes, expansions/transformation concepts and pilot programs. Meets quarterly with senior MBTA and contractor staff to discuss service-related matters, rail policies, schedule changes, and the future of rail in the region. Meets 3-4 times per year.

Rob Scherer, Town of Ashland
Roy Epstein, PhD, Town of Belmont
Alan Castaline, City of Brockton
P. Christopher Podgurski, Town of Canton
Richard Prone, Town of Duxbury
Greg Guimond, Town of Marshfield
Colette Aufranc, Town of Wellesley
Adam Linn, Town of West Bridgewater
Steve Olanoff, Town of Westwood
Beth Rudolph, P.E. & Brian Szekely, Town of Winchester 

 

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
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

 

MBTA OPERATING BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE:

The ongoing review of MBTA finances in general, and specifically the development of an annual report scrutinizing the Authority’s operating budget. This report considers the Authority’s proposals and assumptions of revenue and expense and highlight any changes in spending compared to prior years, or that seem unreasonable in the opinion of the committee. The report also includes recommendations to policy makers on changes to improve the overall financial health of the MBTA.

Vineet Gupta, City of Boston
Michael Dutton, Town of Bridgewater
Alan Castaline, City of Brockton
Andrew C. Glass, Esq., Town of Lincoln
Josh Ostroff, Town of Natick
Duncan Allen, P.E., Town of Needham
Frank Tramontozzi, P.E., City of Quincy
Juan Diego Jaramillo, City of Revere
Debra Roberts, Town of Stoughton
Gerri Scoll, Town of Weston

 

RAPID TRANSIT COMMITTEE:

Review of MBTA’s bus, heavy rail, light rail, and paratransit operations including transformation initiatives, expansion proposals, and pilot programs. Meets quarterly with senior MBTA operations staff to discuss service-related matters, policies, schedule changes, and the future of rapid transit in the region. Meets 3-4 times per year.

Matthew Moran, City of Boston
Alan Castaline, City of Brockton
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
Katrina Huff-Larmond, Town of Randolph
Laura Wiener, AICP, Town of Watertown
Steve Olanoff, Town of Westwood