VTA Board Elects New Leadership for 2016

County Supervisor Cindy Chavez to be Chair; Los Altos City Mayor Jeannie Bruins, Vice Chair


 The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Board of Directors elected its new Chair and Vice Chair for 2016 at its December meeting.

Chair Perry Woodward now passes the gavel to this year’s Vice Chair Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor, who will lead the organization through a number of initiatives including planning for Phase II of VTA’s BART Silicon Valley Extension, delivering bus rapid transit and light rail efficiency improvements, and implementingEnvision Silicon Valley – VTA’s effort to examine Santa Clara County’s transportation network and identify the gaps as well as ways to fill them in.

“I’m honored to be back in this leadership role for VTA and among my Board colleagues who are committed to moving VTA forward to address mobility issues throughout Santa Clara County and the region,” said Supervisor Chavez. “It’s going to be a pivotal year for advancements in transportation in the valley.”

Chavez, who served on the VTA Board from 1999 to 2006 while a council member for the City of San José, returned to the VTA Board in 2013 as a County Supervisor. This will be Cindy’s second time chairing the Board, having done so in 2006 after serving as vice chair in 2005.

The Board also elected Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins as Vice Chair. Bruins, elected in 2012 and appointed to the VTA Board in 2015, initially served as an alternate member representing City Group 2 (the Northwest Cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Palo Alto).  In August 2015, she was appointed as the City Group’s representative to the VTA Board.

“Transportation plays such a key role in the vitality of our growing region,” Bruins stated. “I am very much looking forward to serving as Vice Chair on the VTA Board and being a part of the solutions that will help sustain our thriving economy.”

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