High-Speed Rail Authority names new CEO

Jeff Morales worked on President Barack Obama's transportation transition team

The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board of Directors announced Tuesday, May 29, that it will hire Jeff Morales as its new CEO.

Morales has experience managing major transportation projects, including projects with the California Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority. He has also worked at the federal level on such projects as President Obama's transportation transition team and Vice President Al Gore's National Performance Review. He currently works as the senior vice president of Parsons Brinckerhoff Americas and is serving as its director of strategic initiatives and government relations.

Board Chairman Dan Richard said he and the rest of the board were impressed with Morales' experience with and dedication to transportation issues on a large scale.

"Jeff Morales is exactly the right person to take the helm at this pivotal time and capitalize on the positive momentum that has built up over the last several months," Richard stated in a press release.

— Lauren Sliter


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Posted by randy albin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

where is rod diridon in all of this? this is a ton of money going towards companies such as VTA. the VTA has a whole lot of improving to do for itself as a public transportation company. also, how about the high cost of gas?

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Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Another old political hack gets a $500K to run the train to no where.
Or until the money runs out.
Then the political class will create another money pit to cash in on.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 30, 2012 at 9:16 pm

These people have no shame.

This scam ought to be shut down STAT.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 31, 2012 at 8:21 am

This looks like rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

While people are being appointed leadership positions, the fundamental aspects of this mega project have yet to be finalized:

1. How is this going to be funded?

2. What does the final design look like, and has it been reviewed and approved by all stakeholders?

3. What is the project schedule from start to finish, and what are the important milestones?

These are arguably more important questions to get answered, rather than who's in the captain's chair.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 31, 2012 at 10:08 am

Truly "Capitalizing on the positive momentum that has built up over the last several months" would require shutting down this fiasco, and returning the unused tax money (if any!)

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Posted by John
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 2, 2012 at 1:07 am

It looks like Parsons Brinckerhoff made the decision on this appointment,

and they don't care how it looks.

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