Baker names 5 to MBTA fiscal control board

Governor Charlie Baker has appointed five members to a new board charged with righting the troubled Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Joseph Aiello, a former T official and partner at international transit investment firm Meridiam Infrastructure, will be chairman of the new fiscal and management control board.

Other members include Lisa Calise, chief financial officer at the Watertown-based Perkins School for the Blind; Brian Lang, president of the UNITE HERE Local 26 union; Steve Poftak, a former state finance official who now serves as executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; and Monica Tibbits-Nutt, executive director of the 128 Business Council, which offers shuttle service connecting major employers, educational institutions, and neighborhoods in the Route 128 corridor to public transit.


The board was included in the $38.1 billion state budget Baker signed into law Friday afternoon.

The governor initially sought a standalone panel after a series of winter storms crippled the T, laying bare decades of problems at the public transit agency.

But the Legislature moved to tie the control board more closely to the state's larger transportation system by requiring three members to serve on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board at the same time.

Those three will be Calise, Poftak, and Tibbits-Nutt.

Baker, in a statement Friday, called establishment of the fiscal control board "an important step toward delivering accountability for taxpayers and riders."

The panel will meet for the first time Tuesday.

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