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Thursday, August 19, 2021

昆士市長 Koch 獲選為MBTA董事

        (Boston Orange編譯)由市鎮長、主席組成的麻州灣區交通局(MBTA)顧問委員會這獨立監管機構,817日投票選出昆士市市長柯奇(Thomas P. Koch)代表該會出任新組成的MBTA董事會。

             MBTA原本有個財政及管理控制委員會(Fiscal and Management Control Board)。今年6月時,麻州政府解散了這委員會,並由州長查理貝克(Charlie Baker)7月時簽署法案,成立了有7名委員的新監管委員會,並規定MBTA顧問委員會需指派1人擔任董事。

             MBTA顧問委員會執行主任Brian Kane表示,該會經過積極爭取,才得到這一董事席位,他們很興奮能指派柯奇市長作為該會指派進MBTA董事會的第一位董事。

          這一職位一任4年,可連任一次。

             根據2021年第29章第19條法案,由176個分攤MBTA營運費用市鎮組成的MBTA顧問委員會,第一次有機會指派1名有具有市政管理,交通營運、規劃,住宅政策,市區計畫,或公私財務經驗者,進入MBTA董事會。顧問委員會投票選出了柯奇進MBTA董事會。

             柯奇在2007年時首度當選昆士市長,並於2011年開始擔任MBTA顧問委員會主席。Revere市長Brian Arrigo表示,柯奇市長作為顧問委員會的指派人,將為諸如Revere等大波士頓地區市鎮,就地鐵、巴士等應該如何營運表達意見。

             柯奇表示他很感謝市鎮首長們對他的信心,未來6個月將拜會每個社區,以了解各個社區的期望,以及區內現有的設施狀況,一定會做各市鎮最強有力的支持者,代言人。

 MBTA Advisory Board Selects Quincy Mayor Koch as its Representative on Newly Formed MBTA Board of Directors

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BOSTON, MA – The MBTA Advisory Board, an independent oversight body comprised of mayors and select board chairs voted today to select Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch as its representative on the newly formed MBTA Board of Directors. 

The vote taken today was made possible by Section 19 of chapter 29 of the acts of 2021 which requires that 1 person with municipal government experience, plus experience in transportation operations, transportation planning, housing policy, urban planning or public or private finance be appointed by the MBTA Advisory Board to the MBTA Board of Directors. “The MBTA Advisory Board has fought hard to get seat at the governance table and is excited to have Mayor Koch as our first representative”, said Brian Kane, Executive Director of the MBTA Advisory Board. Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton added, “The selection of Mayor Koch to the new MBTA Governing Board gives cities and towns a strong and effective voice in MBTA decision making.  Representation and advocacy for the residents of cities and towns matters.”

Mayor Koch was elected in Quincy in 2007, and has served as the Chairman of the MBTA Advisory Board since 2011. The City of Quincy is a diverse, economic justice community located south of Boston with redline, bus and commuter rail service. “The appointment of Mayor Tom Koch as the Advisory Board’s appointee gives a voice to a cities like Revere, and other communities in Greater Boston about how the T is run. Mayors make tough decisions every day, and this appointment adds an experienced and tested leader to the new MBTA Governing Board”, said. Brian Arrigo, Mayor of Revere

Mayor Koch excepted his nomination by promising to be a strong advocate on the Board and committing over the next 6 months to visit each community, review their facilities and understand each of their unique challenges and opportunities. “I’m deeply appreciative to have earned the trust and confidence of my colleagues across our region to represent their cities and towns as a member of the MBTA Board of Directors,” said Mayor Koch “The Advisory Board provides a critical voice on behalf of communities with a broad range of needs and interests related to MBTA service today and in the future, and I am very much looking forward to fighting for those interests in this role.”  Mayor Thomas P. Koch, City of Quincy

The term of the Advisory Board’s appointee is 4 years, with the possibility of reappointment once. (From City of Quincy)

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