Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation (TRI)
Vince Valdes was named Associate Administrator for Research, Demonstration, and Innovation on April 13th. As Associate Administrator for TRI, Vincent will be managing an office of 40 program managers, transportation specialists and engineers who work on FTA’s critical transit research program. The program provides research leadership to the transit industry and facilitates the development of transit technologies and techniques that support national transportation goals.
In his most recent assignment over the last year, he was selected by the Administrator to set up an office and develop a program to execute the new safety authority granted to the FTA by Congress. He has since served as the Acting AA for the Office of Safety and Oversight (TSO) since July of last year returning to the research office only three weeks ago.