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Graduate Degree:Harvard Kennedy School
Undergraduate Degree:Davidson College
Area of Interest:Transportation Issues
Mentors:Phil Puccia, Consultant and Matt Mayrl, City of Boston Department of Public Works
Agency:Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Supervisor:Mike Lambert, Deputy Administrator and Assistant to the General Manager
Project Description:As a fellow working at the Rail and Transit Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Nick worked on a variety of projects, all related to improving transit operations throughout the Commonwealth and the institutional capacity of MassDOT. One of his primary tasks involved analyzing the current state of the Commonwealth’s fifteen Regional Transit Agencies (RTAs) and previous efforts towards refining their operations and planning capabilities. Additionally, he began writing the first statewide capital improvement plan for the RTAs, a standard procedure for any well-run transit agency that has not previously occurred. Additionally, he systematically inventoried and remedied issues with the vehicle ownership titles for vans and buses in the Commonwealth’s Mobility Assistance Program; was introduced to capital asset management and transit operations; and was exposed to the fascinating relationship between a regulatory state agency and the public sector and private entities that it is charged with monitoring. The knowledge and skills that he acquired run the gamut from practical management skills to high-level policy implementation, and all provide an essential foundation for future career endeavors.