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For Immediate Release: 12/26/2013


MassDOT Highway Division Welcomes Experienced Transportation Leader
Thomas Tinlin to assume role as Chief of Operations & Maintenance in January


BOSTON – Thursday, December 26, 2013 – MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola has announced that Thomas J. Tinlin, of South Boston, will join MassDOT as its Chief of Operations and Maintenance beginning on January 13, 2014.


Tinlin is ending almost a decade as the Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department. During that time Tinlin introduced technology to modernize operations, embraced a multi-modal approach to roadway design and led the implementation of transportation plans for countless planned and unplanned events in the City.


“Tom brings to the Highway Division his accomplishments as a skilled manager and a real passion for incorporating innovation into the way daily business is handled,” said Administrator DePaola. “In his role with MassDOT, he will be working closely with our Highway Districts across the Commonwealth to increase consistency and accountability of our maintenance and operations.”


Tinlin holds a Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University and also brings experience as a community liaison to MassDOT.   


“I am pleased to be joining the dedicated men and women of MassDOT,” said Tinlin. “I look forward to working for Governor Patrick, Secretary Davey and Administrator DePaola.”


In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) was created to unify the state’s various transportation agencies. MassDOT now includes the Highway Division, the MBTA and Mass Transit, Aeronautics, and the Registry of Motor Vehicles.  MassDOT is committed to providing a safe and reliable transportation system to all those who travel in the Commonwealth and works to deliver excellent customer service. MassDOT has been nationally recognized for its innovative approach to transportation, including the Accelerated Bridge Program, the “Where’s My Bus and Train?” apps and “Fast 14” work.  For more information, visit MassDOT at our website:  blog:, or follow MassDOT on twitter at and Facebook at



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