ACI was founded in 1989 by Richard Brown, Jane Daly and James O’Leary. After working together at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (the “MBTA”) in Boston as the Treasurer, Deputy General Manager and General Manager respectively, the three founding partners formed ACI in order to utilize private sector efficiencies to manage within public sector constraints. The mission of the company at its founding was to provide public and private sector clients with alternate concepts to manage financial and logistical challenges. During their tenure at the MBTA the principals:
- Completed the $574 million Red Line extension north of Harvard Square
- Completed the $780 million southwest relocation of the Orange Line
- Negotiated the first cross-border lease of transit equipment in the United States
- Restored management rights while working in cooperation with the 28 collective bargaining units in the MBTA
Today, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, ACI and its several thousand employees serve customers from New England to the Caribbean and from the east coast to the southwest and Colorado. ACI provides its customers with a diversified, bilingual team of professional employees who are dedicated to safely and efficiently managing many modes of transportation systems.
In 2011, after 20 years as the Treasurer and founding member of ACI, Richard Brown retired. Mr. Brown was a steady hand and a wonderful role model for so many members of the ACI family and his influence lives on today in the spirit of ACI.