Advancing Women in Transportation

California High-Speed Rail Bill—An Opportunity for Job Creation and Career Growth

July 11, 2012 08:41 AM

Last Friday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) announced the Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1029, which appropriates federal grant funds and Prop 1A funds for CA High-Speed Rail.

The Authority’s Board Chair said that the Legislature’s action sets in motion a Statewide Rail Modernization Plan for California.  Not only will California be the first state to build a high-speed rail system to connect its urban centers, CHSRA will also modernize and improve rail systems at the local and regional level.  This plan will improve mobility for commuters and travelers alike, reduce emissions, and put thousands of people to work while enhancing their economic competitiveness.

The California decision to move forward with $8 billion in High Speed Rail projects and other urban passenger rail programs adds to the growth of high speed rail in America. Already on the East Coast, AMTRAK has an ambitious plan for a $151 billion redevelopment of the Northeast Corridor to allow the use of high-speed trains.  Dana Hook, WTS International Vice Chair and Vice President at HNTB in San Diego, is excited about the career growth this can mean for professionals in the transportation industry, particularly women. “This is huge,” said Hook. “These large transportation projects provide great opportunities for women in transportation by being part of the planning, design, and construction of this exciting infrastructure.  Women can take advantage of these opportunities by staying up to date on what is happening in rail design and participating in the local process for high speed train travel.”

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