AASHTO Journal

President Names Drake to Helm FTA

President Trump announced Feb. 14 he intends to nominate Thelma Drake – a former congresswoman from Virginia who later led that state's Department of Rail and Public Transportation – to head the Federal Transit Administration.

ftalogo.jpgDrake is currently assistant director of public works-transportation for the city of Norfolk, Va. She had been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates between 1996 and 2004 before serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

She has also operated her own consulting and lobbying firms.

The White House said that while she directed Virginia's DRPT Drake "helped implement new processes and performance metrics that streamlined DRPT's operations and enhanced accountability for its projects. Her work in Virginia included assignments with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Virginia Railway Express."

She is also a former member of the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board. While in Congress, she served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and had worked on the Virginia House of Delegates' Transportation Committee.

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