|Formed||September 24, 1996|
|Jurisdiction||State of California|
|Headquarters||770 L Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, CA 95814|
|Parent agency||California State Transportation Agency|
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) is a California state agency established in 1996 pursuant to the California High-Speed Rail Act to develop and implement high-speed intercity rail service, namely the California High-Speed Rail project. The CHSRA succeeded the California Intercity High-Speed Rail Commission, which was created in 1993.
The Authority is composed of 9 regular members plus 2 ex officio members. Five members are appointed by the Governor, two members are appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and two members are appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly. The two ex officio members are from each of the two legislative bodies.
The members appointed by the Governor have terms of office of 4 years. Per Katta Hules of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, members whose terms of office have technically expired serve until replaced. As of Jan. 2023 the Board was composed of:
(members serve until replaced)
|Tom Richards, chairperson||Appointed by the Governor||December 31, 2021.|
|Nancy Miller, vice chairperson||Appointed by the Governor||December 31, 2023.|
|Ernesto M. Camacho||Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee||December 31, 2022.|
|Martha M. Escutia||Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly||Term is at pleasure of the Speaker.|
|James C. Ghielmetti||Appointed by the Governor||December 31, 2020.|
|Margaret Peña||Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly||Term is at pleasure of the Speaker.|
|Henry Perea||Appointed by the Senate Rules Committee||December 31, 2024.|
(see also Lynn Schenk)
|Appointed by the Governor||December 31, 2021.|
|Anthony Williams||Appointed by the Governor||December 31, 2022.|
|Hon. Dr. Joaquin Arambula, ex officio
(see also Joaquin Arambula)
|Appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly||Term while in office is at pleasure of the Speaker of the Assembly.|
|Hon. Lena Gonzalez, ex officio||Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee;
Appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules
|Term while in office is at pleasure of the Senate Committee on Rules.|
The Board has established four standing committees. However, it appears only the Finance and Audit Committee is active at this time.
- Executive/Administrative Committee (there is no link to this committee)
- Finance and Audit Committee
- Operations Committee (there is no link to this committee)
- Transit and Land Use Committee (only data from 2017 and 2018 is shown)
This section contains too many or overly lengthy quotations. (October 2016)
As noted in James Fallows' third article (in 2014) in his series on California's High-Speed Rail project, the Authority was seen as not very effective and possibly even mis-managing the project. Dan Richard, the new Authority chair appointed by Gov. Brown, made this comment for inclusion in his article concerning this charge:
- When Jerry Brown came in (in his third term as governor), the HSR program was rife with problems. The organization was at half-strength, the board was dysfunctional, there was a high level of criticism from independent groups evaluating ridership and plans.
- All of that has turned around. The board is highly cohesive and professional. The staff is now at full strength with a highly capable day-to-day CEO, top flight engineering, risk management and program leadership. We have the most sophisticated risk management program likely to be found in any public infrastructure program. Our cost data and risk assessments are now presented publicly on a regular basis at our board meetings and are in accessible form on our website. Our CEO put in excellent local project leaders and former critics have lauded the openness and responsiveness of that team.
- Here's a quote from the Independent Peer Review Group, established by the California Legislature. The PRG was highly critical of past plans. No more:
- "We believe that the Authority has made manifest progress in all areas of planning and management since the Revised 2012 Business Plan. This assessment applies to risk management, demand forecasting, operating and maintenance (O&M) cost modeling and the analysis of the impact of HSR on California's greenhouse gas emissions."
- Tunnicliffe, Andrew (February 2023). "Will California ever get its high-speed rail?". Railway Technology.
- S.B. 1420, Chapter 796 of the California Statutes of 1996
- "The Full Cost of Intercity Travel: A Comparison of Air, Highway, and High-speed Rail – ACCESS Magazine".
- California Public Utilities Code § 185020
- "Board of Directors". Retrieved 2023-08-21.
- Emailed communications from Katta Hules, California High-Speed Rail Authority, on Jan. 4 and 5, 2023.
- "California High-Speed Rail No. 3: Let's Hear From the Chairman". The Atlantic. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-14.