THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (New Delhi, India) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release March 20, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES NURIA I. FERNANDEZ TO SERVE AS ADMINISTRATOR AT
THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Nuria I.
Fernandez, to serve as Administrator at the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Ms. Nuria I. Fernandez, of Chicago, Illinois, has served as the FTA's Deputy Administrator since 1997. In this position, she administers the 170-person, 10 office field staff and assures that FTA's $4.5 billion budget for transit capital construction is well invested. Ms. Fernandez served as the Assistant General Manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from 1994 to 1997. In that position Ms. Fernandez was responsible for the design and construction of the $2.1 billion Metrorail extension program. From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Fernandez served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at DOT, which included formulation of the DOT's $40 billion annual budget, coordination of transportation research and technology initiatives with emphasis on defense conversion programs. Her previous positions included service as Senior Vice President for Development and Construction at the Chicago Transit Authority and as Assistant Director at the Department of Public Works for the City of Chicago, where she planned and coordinated over $1.0 billion improvements at O'Hare International Airport. From 1982 to 1986, Ms. Fernandez worked as coordinating engineer with the Department of Public Works in Chicago.
Ms. Fernandez holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bradley University and a M.B.A. from Roosevelt University.
The Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation directs and controls the operations of the FTA and acts as principal adviser to the Secretary on urban mass transportation matters. FTA is responsible for exercising the authority vested in the Secretary for developing comprehensive and coordinated mass transportation systems to serve metropolitan and other urban areas; administering urban mass transportation programs and functions; and assuring appropriate liaison and coordination with other governmental organizations with respect to the foregoing.