From 1981-2010, Richard Doyle served as Regional Administrator for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in Region I. He was responsible for the administration of FTA's capital, operating and planning programs in the six-state New England region and providing technical assistance to grantees and State, local and private sector officials on a wide range of matters affecting urban and rural transportation. In 1999, he became a member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Doyle joined the USDOT in 1970 as a Transportation Intern and in 1971 began his career with the FTA. He then held a series of positions with FTA's Grant Development Office in Washington, DC prior to his transfer to Boston, MA.
Throughout his career, Mr. Doyle has worked with state and local officials, transit authorities and congressional representatives on the development and implementation of New Starts, rail modernization and bus and bus facility projects throughout the United States. He has wide industry contacts.
In addition to his Regional Administrator duties, Mr. Doyle served as the Secretary of Transportation’s Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) for Regions 1 & 2, with responsibility for coordinating the DOT response with FEMA and state officials following a disaster or national emergency. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, he was appointed FTA’s Gulf Team Leader and led the Federal response at the Joint Field Office (JFO) in Baton Rouge to restore transit services in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Richard Doyle is a graduate of Boston University and received his Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
He has received numerous performance and honor awards including the Secretary's Gold Medal Award, the Secretary's Meritorious Achievement Award and the Administrator's Superior Achievement Award. In 2000, he received the George Rucker Memorial Award for Legislative Achievement from the Community Transportation Association of America. In 2003, President George W. Bush conferred on him the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.