Frederick P. Salvucci

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Frederick P. Salvucci
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation
In office
Governor Michael Dukakis
Preceded by Alan A. Altshuler
Succeeded by Barry Locke
In office
Governor Michael Dukakis
Preceded by James Carlin
Succeeded by Richard L. Taylor
Personal details
Born 1940 (age 76–77)
Brighton, Boston, Massachusetts
Residence Brighton
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Civil Engineer

Frederick Peter Salvucci is a civil engineer specializing in transportation, in particular infrastructure, urban transportation, public transportation and institutional development in decision-making. He was the Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis. As of 2015, he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Early life and education[edit]

Salvucci was born, and still lives, in the Brighton district of Boston. He also lived in the North End and Naples for a year each.[1]


Much of Salvucci's career has been in the public sector; he served from 1970 to 1974 as transportation advisor to Boston mayor Kevin White and then from 1975 to 1978 and 1983 to 1990 as Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under governor Michael Dukakis. In those roles, he has participated in much of the transportation planning and policy formulation in the Boston urban area and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over several decades.

During his tenure in government, he gave particular emphasis to the expansion of the transit system, the development of the financial and political support for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (see Big Dig), and the design of implementation strategies consistent with economic growth in compliance with the Clean Air Act. Other efforts included the extension of the Red Line to Quincy and Alewife station in Cambridge; the relocation of the Orange Line in Boston's Southwest Corridor; the acquisition and modernization of the Commuter Rail Network; the restructuring of the MBTA; the formulation of noise rules to halt the increase in aircraft noise at Logan Airport; the development of strategies to achieve high-speed rail service between Boston and New York City; and planning for the redevelopment of the Park Square section of Boston by locating and building the State Transportation Building there.

More recent[when?] activities have included participation in the restructuring of commuter and rapid transit services in Buenos Aires, Argentina, using concession contracts with private-sector companies; participation with the Volpe Center in a review of the transportation planning process in United States metropolitan areas of over 1 million people; and participation in an innovative research and educational collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority, focused on the development of a new transit system for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project, called Tren Urbano, is the first design-build-operate system in the United States. Salvucci is also a key participant in major (MIT) research projects with the Chicago Transit Authority and with Transport for London, patterned on the Tren Urbano program.

Salvucci teaches courses in Urban Transportation Planning, Institutional and Policy Analysis, and Public Transportation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A graduate of Boston Latin School, he attended MIT both as an undergraduate and graduate student of Civil Engineering, earning his Bachelor of Science in 1961 and his Master of Science in 1962. His international education includes a year at the University of Naples as a Fulbright Scholar from 1964 to 1965, where he studied the use of transportation investment to stimulate economic development in areas of high poverty in Southern Italy.


United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works