Gina N. Fiandaca was appointed Commissioner of the City of Boston Transportation Department (BTD) in January of 2015 by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. In this role, Gina oversees a staff of more than 400 who work together to ensure safe, efficient and equitable access on Boston’s street system for all users of the City’s 850 miles of roadway. This is accomplished through a combination of transportation planning, engineering, management, operations and enforcement efforts.
Gina is committed to incorporating updated technology into the work of the Boston Transportation Department. In January, 2017, a one year Performance Pricing Parking Pilot Program was implemented at 2,241 parking spaces in Boston’s Back Bay and Seaport District. The program is designed to increase parking turnover to allow more access to on-street spaces, alleviate congestion and pollution caused by vehicles circling the block as drivers search for available parking, and improve safety by decreasing the incidence of distracted driving. Also in January, 2017, the first official trip by an autonomous vehicle on a public street in the City was taken in South Boston. Autonomous vehicles have the potential to significantly enhance traffic safety and they may offer a reliable and equitable mobility option for Boston residents. Safe progress on this cutting-edge technology continues on City of Boston streets under Gina’s supervision.
These initiatives are in keeping with Go Boston 2030, the City of Boston’s long range transportation plan, developed by BTD to guide transportation over the next decade and more. They are indicative of the big and bold steps being taken by BTD under Gina’s management to enhance the transportation experience for Boston’s residents and daily visitors. They are complimented by another significant step, the reduction of Boston’s default speed limit to 25 mph in January of 2017. The new law will help to improve safety for people walking, bicycling and driving on local streets. Reducing the default speed limit is a key accomplishment of Boston’s Vision Zero agenda, aimed at eliminating fatal and serious traffic crashes on City streets by 2030.
Under Gina’s direction at BTD, and in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a new vision for mobility began in 2015 with the launch of the ParkBoston meter payment app. An average of 11,000 ParkBoston transactions take place in Boston each day and payment by app now accounts for 35% of all payments made at the City of Boston’s 8,000 metered spaces. The introduction of new parking meter technology in Boston continued on to include the implementation of a full-scale upgrade to all smart meters; the introduction of DriveBoston to expand shared vehicle access in City neighborhoods;a data sharing partnership with the traffic app Waze that allows people to check traffic conditions on local streets in real time; Paytix, an app that allows for convenient and secure parking ticket payments by smartphone; the creation of additional bicycle infrastructure throughout Boston; and the expansion of Hubway, the City’s bike share program.
As Commissioner, Gina is the Chairperson of the City of Boston Air Pollution Control Commission, as well as a member of the City of Boston Public Improvement Commission and the Boston Emergency Management Agency, the National Association of Transportation Officials and the Massachusetts Area Planning Council.
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, Gina served as Director of Boston’s Office of the Parking Clerk (OPC.) In this position, she managed the collection of fines totaling approximately $57 million annually from 1.3 million parking tickets issued in Boston each year. Under Gina’s management, an innovative internet based customer service parking ticket processing system, integrated with a central constituent services call center, was developed in OPC. In addition, to enable the accurate forecasting of parking trends, Gina developed a database to forecast revenue implications based on data acquisition variables related to parking ticket issuance and processing. The creation of a Parking Meter Procurement and Implementation Team within BTD was an initiative of Gina’s that yielded an additional $2 million in parking meter revenue for Boston in just the first quarter of program implementation.
Gina received a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk University and an MBA from Boston University. She is a lifelong resident of East Boston where her family has been involved in public service and community affairs for generations. An avid runner, has completed thirty-nine marathons, including nine ultra marathons.