Frederick P. Salvucci

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Frederick P. Salvucci
Transportation Commissioner Richard A. Dimino and State Secretary of Transportation Frederick P. Salvucci (9516902927).jpg
Salvucci (right) with Richard A. Dimino, then Boston Transportation Commissioner, in circa 1985.
Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation
In office
GovernorMichael Dukakis
Preceded byAlan A. Altshuler
Succeeded byBarry Locke
In office
GovernorMichael Dukakis
Preceded byJames Carlin
Succeeded byRichard L. Taylor
Personal details
Frederick Peter Salvucci

(1940-04-08) April 8, 1940 (age 79)
Brighton, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
OccupationCivil engineer

Frederick "Fred" Peter Salvucci (born April 8, 1940 in Brighton) is an American civil engineer and educator, who specializes in transportation issues. Salvucci was the Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.[1]


Born in Brighton, Salvucci graduated from Boston Latin School in 1957. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1961 and his Master of Science in 1962, both in civil engineering with a specialization in transportation.[2] At MIT, he was part of Chi Epsilon and the American Society of Civil Engineers.[3] From 1964 to 1965, he spent a year abroad as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Naples Federico II, where he studied investments in transportation to stimulate economic development in high poverty areas of Southern Italy.[4]

From 1970 to 1974, Salvucci served as a transportation advisor to Boston's mayor, Kevin White. He subsequently had two terms as Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation under Michael Dukakis from 1975 to 1978 and 1983 to 1990. During his tenure, he gave particular emphasis to the expansion of the transit system, the development of financial and political support for the Big Dig, and the implementation of strategies in compliance with the Clean Air Act. Other efforts included the extension of the Red Line to Quincy and Alewife, the relocation of the Orange Line to the Southwest Corridor, the acquisition and modernization of the Commuter Rail, the restructuring of the MBTA, and planning for the redevelopment of Park Square by placing the State Transportation Building there.[5]

Salvucci teaches urban planning courses on transportation at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.[6]


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