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September 20th – Tony Mendoza

Deputy Director of Planning and Integration for the California High-Speed Rail Project


Tony Mendoza - Deputy Director of Planning & Integration, CHSRACalifornia High Speed Rail – It’s Happening!

How will California, the 6th largest economy in the world, ensure 21st century mobility for a population that will grow to 50 million people by the year 2050, and address ambitious state legislation to lower greenhouse gas emissions?

Tony Mendoza, Deputy Director of Planning and Integration for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, will provide insight into one of the largest infrastructure projects underway in the United States – the California High-Speed Rail Program.

California’s high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

Approximately $3 Billion worth of construction is now underway in several sites across approximately 119 miles from Madera to North of Bakersfield in the Central Valley.  Planning, engineering and environmental analyses is currently underway in northern and southern California.  Additionally, the Authority is supporting station area planning in proposed station cities throughout the state.

Discussant for this seminar is Woodie Tescher of PlaceWorks.  Woodie has 30+ years’ experience in policy planning, urban design, sustainability and public health, community outreach and engagement.  He is also the recipient of numerous leadership and project awards from professional peers.


Speaker Biography: Tony Mendoza is the Deputy Director of Planning and Integration for the California High-Speed Rail Project. His extensive experience in transit includes planning and implementing streetcars, light rail, aerial trams, commuter rail and high-speed rail, and integrating transit into communities through transit-oriented development and last-mile solutions. He is part of the Rail Delivery Partner team through WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, supporting the California High-Speed Rail project.

Prior to working for WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff he held positions with the State of California, the transit districts of MTDB in San Diego, and TriMet in Portland, Oregon, and with Metro, the MPO in Portland. Several projects he has managed achieved notable awards, including the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America; Great Streets, for the Portland Transit Mall, where he was the Operations Planning Manager; and the Oregon Transit Alliance’s Innovative Project of the Year for Portland’s 30-year High Capacity Transit Plan, where he was the project manager.

Discussant: Woodie Tescher of PlaceWorks

Full-length Recordings: Recordings will be available on YouTube and iTunesU one or two weeks after the seminar.

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