President Obama has nominated Beverly Scott, the former head of Boston's public-transit system, to fill the fifth seat on the NTSB. The choice is expected to draw debate and opposition as it goes to the Senate for confirmation -- Scott resigned her post abruptly in April, after a government report critiqued her agency's performance when record snowfall led to a rash of system delays and shutdowns. After she left, Scott said chronic under-funding was the root cause of the transit system's problems.
Scott has been working in the transportation field for more than 40 years, and headed up Atlanta's transit system before moving to Boston. She also served in leadership posts in California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. NTSB members serve for five years. If confirmed, Scott would fill the slot vacated by Mark Rosekind, who became administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December.