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Ex-MBTA chief Scott nominated for NTSB spot

Former MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott.
Former MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott.(Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Former MBTA chief Beverly Scott could soon join the National Transportation Safety Board, a position that would give her oversight of plane crash investigations and accident prevention in the sprawling US transportation system.

President Obama announced his intent this week to nominate Scott for the five-member panel. Such appointments require Senate confirmation and carry five-year terms. The NTSB’s safety purview also includes pipelines and marine travel.

Scott resigned from the MBTA in February amid a frustrating winter for the agency. Trains were canceled and delayed repeatedly amid a rash of breakdowns and mechanical failures that accompanied a series of extreme snowstorms.

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As Scott left, she complained of chronic underfunding of the agency, which she said had made it difficult to maintain the system.

Since her departure, Governor Charlie Baker's administration has been pushing for reforms that he hopes will help the system become more cost-effective and efficient.


Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.