May 8, 2015 5:57 PM

Mass. governor appoints new transportation board amid overhaul

The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker has named five members to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's board of directors.

The move comes just weeks after the prior board agreed to step down, clearing the way for Baker to assume control of the transit system.

The new board, which includes Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, oversees all department operations including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

The move comes in the wake of a series of pounding snowstorms that slowed the MBTA to a crawl.

Baker wants to expand the board to 11 members and create a new control board to oversee MBTA operations and finances through 2018.

The new board members include Ruth Bonsignore, Brian Lang, Steve Poftak, Betsy Taylor and Dominic Blue, who served on the prior board.


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