MBTA head Luis Ramirez is out after 15 months on the job

MBTA general manager Luis Ramirez will be replaced by Steve Poftak, the current vice chairman of the T's fiscal control board.

Luis Ramirez on the Red Line.
Luis Ramirez on the Red Line. –David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe, File

BOSTON (AP) — The general manager of the Boston area’s troubled public transportation agency is out after just 15 months on the job.

State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack announced Tuesday that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager Luis Ramirez will be replaced by Steve Poftak, the current vice chairman of the T’s fiscal control board.

A statement from the state Transportation Department said the “MBTA and Ramirez … mutually agreed that the time was right for him to separate” from the agency and pursue other opportunities.

Ramirez signed a three-year contract in August 2017 even though he had no public transit experience, just private sector experience in corporate turnarounds.

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The MBTA, which offers subway, commuter rail, bus and ferry service, came under intense scrutiny since operations were crippled during the winter of 2015.

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