December 21, 2009
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First UMTA Administrator Villarreal Dies
Carlos C. Villarreal, 85, of Rockville, MD, who served in the Nixon administration as the first head of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, now the Federal Transit Administration, died Dec. 14.
President Richard Nixon selected Villarreal in 1969 to serve as UMTA administrator, a position he held until 1973. During his tenure, he oversaw a massive increase in public transit assistance funding, from $175 million to $1 billion, and supported technology development in transit. He also served from 1974 to 1979 as vice chairman of the Postal Rate Commission.
Villarreal worked for Wilbur Smith Associates both before and after his UMTA service. He was executive vice president and a member of the company’s board of directors before he joined UMTA, and returned as its executive vice president of international operations after leaving government service. His projects included the feasibility study for the Chunnel between England and France; the subway system in Singapore; traffic engineering in Moscow; and road work in Dubai.
He was a member of the APTA Procurement and Materials Management Committee and Rail Transit Committee.