The outgoing general manager of the beleaguered Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) ran up a tab of over $56,000 in travel expenses over her two-year stint in charge, according to a published report.
The Boston Herald, which was provided Beverly Scott's expense reports as part of a public records request, reported that Scott made 30 trips in 24 months totaling 106 days of travel.
Scott surprisingly resigned Wednesday amid criticism over the MBTA's response to a series of snow storms that have dumped over 5 feet of snow on the city over a 30-day period. Scott said she would give priority during her final two months to restoring "normalcy" on the "T" subway system after the recent disruptions, which included a complete shutdown of rail service Monday night and all day Tuesday.
Scott gave no specific reason for her decision to step down, which will take effect April 11, seven months before her contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was to expire. She announced her resignation in a letter to John Jenkins, chairman of the board that oversees the MBTA, sent just hours after the board gave her a unanimous vote of confidence.
The Herald reports that Scott traveled every month of 2014, including trips to San Diego, Montreal, Denver and Washington. Sometimes, the paper reports she would make multiple trips in a month. For example, the paper reports that in September of 2014, Scott spent nearly two weeks outside Massachusetts, attending conferences in Houston, Detroit and Washington.
Among Scott's specific expenses, according to the records, were $1,132 on hotel laundry and dry-cleaning bills, a $8,000 tab at a Boston hotel soon after the start of her tenure in December 2012, and hundreds of dollars in excess baggage fees on multiple flights.
Rail service in Boston resumed on a reduced basis Wednesday with reports of long lines, crowded trains and buses, and lengthy commutes. The MBTA said that normal service would be resumed Thursday.
Scott had cited breakdowns in aging equipment used by the nation's oldest public transit system to explain issues during the storm. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who took office in January, had criticized the performance of the T during the storms but didn't call for Scott to step down.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.