Jeffrey Gonneville’s passion for transit began while completing his engineering degree at the University of Massachusetts. As a bus technician and service manager at UMass Transit Services, he recognized the community reliance upon transit services and the complexity of providing safe, reliable transportation services.
Gonneville embarked on his career in transit fleet maintenance with ATC Vancom in Detroit, Mich., and returned to Massachusetts in 2001 to become a senior technical project manager at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.
In his current position as chief mechanical officer, Gonneville is responsible for the maintenance, oversight, long-term strategic planning and all other related tasks for maintaining a state of good repair for the MBTA’s 210 light rail, 432 heavy rail, 1,000 bus and 1,100 non-revenue fleets. He manages and develops 860 employees within the mechanical division.
Notable accomplishments of Gonneville are projects that the customers can see, feel and touch. One such accomplishment is the introduction of new technology — compressed natural gas and emission-controlled diesel buses — to the existing fleet. The continued reinvestment in the bus fleet has strengthened the MBTA’s commitment to providing new, clean, fuel-efficient and state-of-the-art buses to the customers and neighbors.
In keeping with the MBTA’s “Go Green” philosophy, Gonneville introduced the first-in-industry emissions monitoring program. This technology allows for the identification of buses that are producing excessive emissions.
“Public transit plays a vital role in the economy and more importantly, is a vital service to the cities and towns that we serve. Not only am I proud to be a part of the team that provides this service, but I get a tremendous feeling of satisfaction from implementing change that has a direct impact on the customer, the economy and the environment.”