March 2, 2009
Rizzo Dies; MBTA Paratransit Expert
Robert P. Rizzo Jr., 60, manager, paratransit contract operations, for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston, died suddenly Feb. 17 at his home in Marshfield, MA.
Rizzo was a history and civics teacher in Boston whose transportation career began in 1974, when he was named to the Boston Public Schools Superintendent’s Desegregation Implementation Team as a transportation supervisor and later assistant director of school transportation. He joined the MBTA in 1987 as supervisor of The RIDE paratransit program, and was promoted to assistant manager in 1994 and to his most recent post in 2000.
He was a member of the APTA Access Committee and worked with the Transit Cooperative Research Program.
“Bob dedicated more than 21 years of his life to the MBTA and was one of the most professional and caring individuals I’ve ever met in public life,” said MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas. “He took great pride in the fact that, not only was he delivering service that was getting people where they wanted to go, he was doing it in a kind and compassionate way.”