State Rep. Wants Embattled MBTA Director to Run RIPTA Transit Agency

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When MBTA service was brought to a grinding halt by recent snow storms in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, people criticized transit General Manager Beverly Scott.

She resigned within days.

But now, Rhode Island State Representative Ray Hull wants Scott, to run RIPTA.

Long time RIPTA and MBTA rider Bill Volmer called it a terrible idea.

“When she was in charge, she messed everything up with the snow. And delays you know. A lot of people got upset with the delays,” Volmer said.

State Rep. Hull was not available for comment today, but in his letter to Governor Raimondo he said transit leader Scott had quote:  “strong leadership” and “a proven background”

But that conflicts with a “Boston Herald” investigation, showing the MBTA payroll ballooned by 80 million dollars last year; a 17 percent increase.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “Of course there is one big question in all of this and that’s, ‘Is the RIPTA Director’s job even open right now?'”

The current RIPTA General Manager is Ray Studley, a former state police Lt. Colonel.

RIPTA’s Board Chairman says Studley is staying put.

“We’re very happy. We renewed Ray after one year, and he got rave reviews from all the Board as to where we are…

“RIPTA is in much better shape than when I went on the Board two and a half years ago,” said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, who is Chairman of the RIPTA Board of Directors.

So despite the pleas from State Rep. Hull – to hire the embattled transit director Bev Scott – simply is not going to happen.