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By Andy Metzger

BOSTON, MAY 21, 2018....The MBTA's upcoming overhaul of its fare collection technology will be led by David Sikorski, an executive with 30 years experience in engineering and development of large-scale infrastructure.

David Sikorski started as program manager for the automated fare collection project about two weeks ago after working most recently for Parsons Corporation. His annual salary is $275,000.

Last year the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board approved a 13-year, $723.3 million contract for a joint venture between Cubic Corp. and the John Laing Group to design and build the new payment system.

"It's going to be a totally new fare system, which will make everybody's life more convenient," Sikorski told the News Service. He said, "I'm excited to take this on. You don't always get projects like this that are going to affect so many residents or users at one time."

Under the new system, riders should be able to pay by credit card, and use their cards not only on bus, subways and trolleys, but also commuter rail trains and ferries, according to David Block-Schachter, the T's chief technology officer.

The new fare system will replace the Charlie Card introduced more than a decade ago, and MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez said the change will entail a "major construction project" because the station infrastructure will need to be retrofitted.

"It's a pretty extensive project," Ramirez said at the control board's meeting Monday.

Riders are not currently able to use Charlie Cards on commuter rails and ferries.

Over the next year or two T officials should develop policies regarding data privacy, fare structures and products among other considerations, according to T staff.

The new fare technology will be introduced system-wide in the spring of 2020, according to Block-Schachter.

From January 2015 to March 2017, Sikorski was vice president and senior bid director at Parsons, where he worked on a major highway project in Saskatchewan, Canada, according to his resume. From 2012 to 2015, Sikorski worked at Vinci Concessions where he was project director for a $1 billion bridge and tunnel project linking Indiana to Kentucky.

Sikorski has also worked for AECOM, Hatch Mott McDonald, and HNTB and worked on projects located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the South American country of Suriname, where he worked on roads for a mining operation, according to his resume.

A graduate of Lehigh University, Sikorski received an advanced business degree from Seton Hall University.

While at URS Corporation around the turn of the century, Sikorski was the senior liaison engineer between the company's design offices, contractors and the Massachusetts Highway Department for a lane expansion on Route 3 between Interstate 95 and New Hampshire.


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