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MBTA Appoints David Perry as First-Ever Director of Commuter Ferry Services

Posted on April 26, 2024

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of David Perry as the inaugural Director of Commuter Ferry Services. This newly created position marks a significant milestone in the MBTA’s commitment to enhancing transportation options for its riders. As the Director of Ferry Services, David will be responsible for overseeing and administering the MBTA's contract for ferry services. 

“We are thrilled to welcome David Perry as our first-ever Director of Commuter Ferry Services,” said MBTA General Manager and CEO Phillip Eng. “We are confident that under David’s leadership, we will continue building upon our water transportation services to provide the public with a robust multi modal network making public transit the preferred choice.”

David’s primary focus will be on developing and implementing effective contract management strategies to ensure that all agreed-upon provisions are met, including the maintenance of vehicles, resources, and assets. David will also work towards continuously improving service for all MBTA riders and optimizing resource levels for maximum operational efficiency.

“David brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this role,” noted MBTA Chief Operating Officer Ryan Coholan. “We are excited to have him lead our efforts in improving and expanding our ferry service.”

David’s most recent position was Director of System Installation in the Fare Transformation Department, and he previously served as a project manager in the Capital Delivery Department for Commuter Rail. He is a licensed captain and has spent many years as a deck officer aboard ocean-going vessels. David holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

“With extensive knowledge and experience in the marine industry, including maritime transportation and maintenance, David is well-equipped to lead the MBTA’s ferry services,” said MBTA Executive Director of Commuter Rail Michael Muller. “We welcome David Perry to the MBTA’s Operations Department as he takes on this crucial role in shaping the future of our commuter ferry services.”

The appointment of David Perry as the Director of Commuter Ferry Services aligns with the MBTA’s ongoing efforts to implement a series of service enhancements across all modes this spring season, aiming to provide riders with more frequent, reliable, and convenient transportation options throughout the MBTA's service areas. 

“I’m excited to further the great work of the folks who have gotten the ferry service to where it is today,” said Director of Commuter Ferry Services David Perry of Ashland with enthusiasm. “I look forward to serving the public and supporting the loyal and growing riders on our ferry system.”

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