Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority general manager Beverly Scott will receive the Transportation Research Board's 2014 Sharon D. Banks Award for humanitarian leadership in transportation.
The board is recognizing Scott for attention to diversity, fairness, and equity, and the impact of those decisions on her Greater Boston transit system.
"Transportation is not just getting from point A to point B; it is how people are able to work, play and live their lives," Scott said in a statement.
Scott is responsible for managing the MBTA and overseeing the commonwealth's 15 regional transit authorities and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's freight and passenger rail program.
Previously, Scott was chief executive of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and the first female executive to hold this position.
She also served as general manager of the Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority.