MBTA chief, citing health reasons, announces retirement

BOSTON (AP) - The general manager of the MBTA, who took over after the Boston-area transit system was crippled last year by severe winter weather, has announced he’s retiring amid his battle with cancer.

Frank DePaola on Monday announced he will step down on June 30.

He said in a statement he can’t continue to spend the “countless hours that the job demands” while continuing treatment and focusing on his health.

DePaola took over the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in February 2015, shortly after Beverly Scott resigned following intense criticism for the T’s breakdowns during record-setting snowfall.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said DePaola helped the MBTA to “increase the public’s confidence in the transit system’s performance.”

MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve will become acting general manager on July 1.

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