September 7, 2016 — Lombard, IL
Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Joins Transdev
Transdev is pleased to announce that former Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Rich Davey has joined Transdev and will serve as Vice President of Business Development. Davey brings with him more than 15 years of rapidly progressing roles and responsibilities in the Massachusetts DOT, the MBTA and Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad.
Serving as Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority, and serving in Governor Duval Patrick’s cabinet, Davey led numerous initiatives to improve multiple aspects of transportation for the 6.7 million residents of Massachusetts. In a time of waning support for transit dollars, Davey spearheaded the governor’s public campaign to raise revenue. The gas tax was successfully raised for the first time in 23 years, which provided stable operating budgets and the largest statewide investment in transit in the commonwealth’s history. His record on safety is unquestioned: in 2011 Massachusetts ranked #1 nationally in 2011 by NHTSA for safest highways.
Davey also led successful responses during times of chaos and tragedy. He oversaw department planning, preparation and coordination with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency during two historic blizzards, Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, and the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Rich carries one of the most impressive resumes in transportation backed with impressive accomplishments. His creative policy approaches in Massachusetts helped solve some the state’s largest transportation challenges and make him a perfect fit for Transdev,” said Transdev North America CEO Mark Joseph. “Transdev is poised to expand our successful public-private operating partnerships and Rich’s breadth and depth of knowledge on transportation issues make him the perfect ambassador to help us bring this pioneering model to other cities.”
Additional major accomplishments during Davey’s tenure in Massachusetts include rolling out the statewide all – electronic tolling program; implementing the first DOT wide performance management program, which led to improvements in key areas such as on-time/on-budget project delivery and subway wait times; and leading locally recognized and national innovative programs for accelerated construction techniques, real-time traffic technology, and Big Data initiatives.
Davey previously served as the General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad when Transdev was the leading partner in MBCR, which operated the railway. There, he implemented operational improvements that resulted in a 40 percent year-over-year decline in customer complaints in 2009.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of the Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.
Transdev North America is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of transit in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services. We manage over 200 transportation contracts for cities, transit authorities and airports, providing safe and sustainable mobility solutions. Our mission is to improve public transportation, to enhance quality of life and combat global warming.