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WTS-Boston November Luncheon featuring Monica Tibbits-Nutt

WTS-Boston November Luncheon featuring Monica Tibbits-Nutt
Frank Monkiewicz Photography www.frankmonkiewicz.com

By Lindsey Barbee, GPI

On November 9, 2017, Monica Tibbits-Nutt spoke openly and candidly to an engaged WTS-Boston audience about her passion for transportation and the life-changing impact it can have through providing access and opportunities to all types of communities.  Ms. Tibbits-Nutt is the Executive Director of the 128 Business Council.  Working in regional planning and transportation, Monica’s experience includes public sector transit planning at both the MBTA Advisory Board and as Executive Director of TransitWorks.  Monica also serves on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors and the Fiscal and management Control Board that currently oversees the MBTA.


Monica explained the influence her rural upbringing had on her career choice, and the importance of transportation for providing access to education and jobs.  Raised in a small town in Indiana amidst Amish country, she truly understands the way that rural transportation routes directly impacted her life.  As the first of her family to attend college, Monica praises her parents for seeing the value in a good education.  Without a reputable school system in her own town, Monica rode long-distance bus routes to gain access to a better education as a child, and later in her life, to access her manufacturing job which allowed her to fund her college education.  She realized that it was all possible because someone built a rural transportation route, and that really resonated with her.  She argues that access to transportation is not just about being able to find transportation home after being out late at night, which is important, but more importantly to get to a job or a school, which can be life-changing.  This is why Monica feels transportation is invaluable.  Under the opinion that transportation is a “Right,” she feels that the goal as a planner is to provide as much transportation access and options as possible. 


While Monica has focused on transportation planning throughout her career, she is most passionate about a project she is currently involved in which focuses directly on the workforce; the Employee Quality of Life Program at the MBTA.  While policy makers come and go, she understands that it is the people that provide the service day in and day out and that put in the time and commitment decade after decade.  While Monica is passionate about adding bus lanes to reduce congestion and improve commutes, in her own words, “it isn’t about extending the railroad or adding a bus route, it’s about the people,” specifically, the employees and riders.  For as long as she is in her position, she wants to focus on projects that affect the workforce and the riders.  Ms. Tibbits-Nutt credits the time she spent throughout her childhood using rural transportation routes, as well as her job in bus windshield manufacturing for giving her a true appreciation for the riders and the transportation workforce.  


Thank you, Monica, for sharing your background and experiences in the transportation industry with the WTS-Boston community!

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Photos By: Frank Monkiewicz Photography www.frankmonkiewicz.com

 

To see more photos from the WTS-Boston 2017 November Luncheon please visit our flickr page here.

 

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