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October 8, 2013 > Transit agency announces new general manager

Transit agency announces new general manager

Submitted By Brandi Childress

After an extensive nationwide search and thorough, ten-month recruitment process, on October 3, 2013, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Board of Directors appointed Ms. Nuria I. Fernandez as the next General Manager.

Fernandez has an extensive and impressive career in the public transportation industry, most recently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where she has been responsible for the overall security of the MTA system, development of its capital and environmental sustainability programs, federal and state government affairs, and management oversight of the five operating agencies and its capital construction.

We are very pleased with our selection of Nuria Fernandez.Ê She is an individual who possesses the personal and professional characteristics that we know will move VTA forward,Ó said Joe Pirzynski, VTA Board Chair.

Nuria has over 30 years of experience in the transportation field and a professional career that includes, planning, design and construction of mass transit systems, airport operations and policy development of federal transportation programs.Ê

Her accomplishments include managing the operations of OÕHare International Airport; providing high-level policy and program expertise at the U.S. Department of Transportation; and managing the design and construction of multi-billion dollar rail expansion programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

ÒI am excited about this new opportunity to lead an organization that is on track to change theÊpublic transportation landscape in Silicon Valley forever, and my experience working in the industry, both public and private,Êhas positioned me for the challenges that come with this great responsibility," states Fernandez.

Fernandez' official start date is early December 2013.

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