The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's board of directors selected Daniel Grabauskas, chairman and senior strategic adviser of the Bronner Center for Transportation Management and former general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, as the finalist for the agency's chief executive officer position.
The full board will vote on the selection after taking public testimony during its March
As chief executive officer of MBTA, Grabauskas had oversight of a 6,100-employee operation, with an annual operating budget of $1.4 billion and an annual capital budget of more than $500 million, with operations in 175 municipalities throughout eastern
Massachusetts and Rhode Island. His work also included completion of several capital expansion projects, including an 18-mile commuter rail line. Grabauskas has also served as a senior fellow for public policy at the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth and as Secretary of Transportation for the state of Massachusetts, with oversight of a $1.4-billion annual administrative budget and an annual capital budget of more than $1.8 billion. In that cabinet-level role, Grabauskas had oversight of MBTA, highways and municipal airports.
If approved by the board, Grabauskas will begin his new role in mid-April.