The director of the Highway Authority and nominated by the next administration, engineer Rosana Aguilar, presented her resignation letter today.
“I received the resignation of engineer Rosana Aguilar from her position and her renomination as director of the Highway Authority. I appreciate the service provided to Puerto Rico. Along with the designated secretary of the Department of Transportation and Public Works, the engineer Eileen Vélez, I will be identifying and appointing a person in the coming days, ”said the governor-elect, Pedro Pierluisi, in written statements.
In October, Aguilar received strong criticism from the president of the incoming transition committee, Bayamón Mayor Ramón Luis Rivera, Jr. during public hearings.
In his interrogation with Rosana Aguilar, Rivera questioned whether he knew of an allocation of $ 25 million in federal funds for improvements and repair of the ticket vending machines (“ticketeras”) at the Tren Urbano stations. Aguilar admitted knowing the availability of the funds, said that the Fiscal Control Board (JCF) had “approved with observations” a contract for this purpose that is still pending review. Aguilar could not specify why the contract has not yet been processed.
To that unused money is added $ 169 million of federal funds allocated for repairs to the Urban Train stations caused by Hurricane María in 2017. Asked by Rivera, the ACT director acknowledged that this allocation had been made since 2018.
Rivera pointed out to the DTOP components that stated in the hearing that this type of delay in the use of available funds was unacceptable, that “they may even be at risk of being lost precisely due to lack of use.”