Obama Nominates Former MBTA Boss Beverly Scott to NTSB

Scott oversaw the winter collapse of the MBTA, now she's getting a spot on a national transit board.

Former MBTA GM Beverly Scott photo courtesy of  MassDOT

Former MBTA GM Beverly Scott photo courtesy of MassDOT

Former MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott was nominated for a spot on the National Transportation Safety Board by President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Scott was the head of the MBTA from December 2012 until April 2015 when she resigned after the struggling transportation system collapsed under the weight of four consecutive blizzards. Prior to her resignation, Scott held a defensive press conference where she lamented the system’s poor state of repair and long term problems, calling it “not a spring chicken system.”

“We are running an extremely aged system that is getting a pounding every single day and we love it because we love our public,” said Scott.

She dismissed suggestions at the time that should should resign or consider resigning.

After her resignation from the MBTA, former highway boss Frank DePaola took over the beleagured agency on an interim basis. A number of reforms to the MBTA were recently passed on Beacon Hill, including a number of measures that are aimed at preventing a similar winter storm disaster.

If successfully appointed to the position, Scott will rake in a salary of $155,000.

Prior her time at the MBTA, Scott ran the public transportation systems in Atlanta and Sacramento.