Fernandez resigns as GM/CEO from VTA #VTA

Eugene Bradley

Nuria L. Fernandez is no longer with VTA.  San Jose Spotlight is reporting that Ms. Fernandez has accepted a Deputy Administrator position with the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA).  Read the story – featuring Ms. Fernandez’ resignation letter to VTA – here.  This move is effective immediately.


The same story reports that Evelyn Tran has been promoted to interim General Manager and CEO at VTA.  Ms. Tran will serve as General Manager and CEO while a national search takes place for Fernandez’ replacement.


A report in the Silicon Valley Business Journal may reveal more on what Ms. Fernandez will be doing when the Biden administration begins tomorrow morning:


Speculation is that Fernandez will be nominated as head of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the branch of the Department of Transportation concerned with funding urban transportation. She served previously as acting FTA administrator under President Clinton, named in 1997.

The online political newsletter Politico reported today that the new administration's plan is to appoint her to be deputy administrator initially because that does not require Senate confirmation and would get her to work quicker. She would be nominated to the top position later.

Fernandez is awaiting an announcement by the new administration, which takes control of the federal government at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, before revealing her new post.


On behalf of the Silicon Valley Transit Users, let's Ms. Fernandez good luck in her future endeavors at the FTA in Washington, DC. 


Given Ms. Fernandez’ resignation, who do you think should be VTA’s new General Manager and CEO?


What do you want to see (more of) in Ms. Fernandez’ replacement?  Please discuss.


Eugene Bradley
Founder & CEO, Silicon Valley Transit Users


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