Atlanta transit administrator Beverly Scott will become the new general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
Scott becomes the first female general manager of the agency, which runs subway and commuter rail systems in Greater Boston. Later this year she will leave the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, where she has served since 2007.
The board of directors of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which oversees the MBTA, approved Scott's appointment unanimously. She will also be MassDOT's rail and transit administrator.
Scott will receive a three-year contract and an annual salary of $220,000. When she arrives, acting general manager Jonathan Davis will return to his position as chief financial officer.
Scott's 30 years in public transportation leadership include stretches as chief executive of the Sacramento Regional Transit District and general manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.