Frederick Salvucci

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Frederick Salvucci is a Civil Engineer specializing in Transportation, with particular interest in infrastructure, urban transportation, public transportation, and institutional development in decision-making. He has lectured extensively, including teaching graduate subjects at MIT on Urban Transportation Planning, Institutional and Policy Analysis, and Public Transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He is a key participant in MIT research collaborations with transit agencies in the United States and internationally; currently this includes Transport for London, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the MBTA. Previous collaborations have been with Diputacion Foral de Gipuzkoa (Basque regional transit authority), the MBTA/Silver Line in Boston, the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority in San Juan, and Partners HealthCare Systems in Boston.

Most of his career has been in the public sector, where he served as transportation advisor to Boston Mayor Kevin White between 1970 and 1974, and then as Secretary of Transportation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Michael Dukakis between 1975 and 1978 and again from 1983 to 1990. In those roles he has participated in much of the transportation planning and policy formulation in the Boston urbanized area and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the past 40 years, with particular emphasis on the expansion of the transit system, the development of the financial and political support for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project, and the design of implementation strategies to comply with the Clean Air Act consistent with economic growth. Other efforts include the extension of the Red Line in South Quincy and Alewife, 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, and the planning for the redevelopment of the Park Square section of Boston through the location and construction of the State Transportation Building there.

More recent activities have included participation in a restructuring of commuter and rapid transit services in Buenos Aires, Argentina, using concession contracts with private-sector companies (the new system has improved both efficiency and effectiveness); participation with the Volpe Center in a review of the transportation planning process in US metropolitan areas of over 1 million people. From 1994-2003 he was instrumental in developing and leading an innovative research and educational collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Highway 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. In addition to the construction of a new 17-km, 14-station heavy rail alignment, Tren Urbano’s Technology Transfer program focused on the education and training of a cadre of professionals in Puerto Rico who would eventually assume complete oversight for Tren Urbano as well as future transportation projects. More recent research interests have included shifting the emphasis of transportation benefit analysis towards understanding the role of accessibility as constrained by capacity in order to encompass both urban development and transportation infrastructure and services in the conceptualization, design, and evaluation of major investments.

Mr. Salvucci attended MIT as both an undergraduate and graduate student of Civil Engineering, earning his Bachelor of Science in 1961 and his Master of Science in 1962. International education includes a year at the University of Naples as a Fulbright Scholar from 1964 to 1965, studying the use of transportation investment to stimulate economic development in high poverty regions of Southern Italy.