September 2022 I Will Ride Update

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Germany’s InnoTrans International Transportation Conference

Four-person panel and a moderator stand on a stage. The five people on stage stand in front of a podium. There is an extravagant digital background behind the speakers and a logo that reads DB. Title included in the graphic that reads Germany's InnoTrans International Transportation Conference. Leadership at the Authority traveled to Germany this month to attend InnoTrans, a conference that is held in Berlin every two years and is recognized as one of the most important gatherings for high-speed rail and public transportation operators around the world. During this international conference, global public transportation industry leaders cover critical topics, network and share transportation innovations and lessons learned. In addition, manufacturers from around the world highlight technology and innovation in high-speed rail, among various other transportation systems. The German Department of Transportation invited CEO Kelly to join a government-to-government exchange that included events at InnoTrans, site visits to maintenance facilities, stations, Operations Control Centers, and construction sites. The Authority’s position as the nation’s first high-speed rail project under construction in the United States highlights the importance of learning and connecting with high-speed rail operators globally.

Socioeconomic Impacts of High-Speed Rail Virtual Workshop, Italy and Beyond

Flyer that reads 2nd International Workshop on High-Speed Rail socioeconomic Impacts Alliance of Universities for High-Speed Railway 13-14 September ONLINE. Another screenshot next to the flyer with people smiling on a virtual call.

Authority Board Member Anthony Williams joined the 2nd International Workshop on Socioeconomic Impacts of High-Speed Rail to provide a California High-Speed Rail project update to an international group of global high-speed rail educators and industry professionals. The workshop was hosted by the UIC Alliance of Universities spearheaded by researcher Francesca Pagliara with the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Naples Federico II. With over 80 participants on the virtual session, the group was eager to get a project update on the first high-speed rail project in the United States. Given global success with high-speed rail transportation, participants eagerly celebrated project advancements on California High-Speed Rail. Later in the session, Yaqeline Castro, who leads student outreach efforts, and Dr. Beverly Scott, founder of Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, provided an update on student outreach at the Authority and encouraged others to create agency programs that mirror I Will Ride. Countries represented at the workshop included Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Turkey, China, Belgium, Spain, India, Germany, Sweden and Finland!

The workshop recordings and PowerPoints will be shared broadly later this year.

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Dragados (Selma) – Field Engineer Intern (Summer 2023)

This role will be responsible for assisting the Project Manager, Superintendent, Project Engineer(s), and all other construction staff in various areas of the project. Engineering Intern will have the opportunity to apply education to a professional setting, while gaining valuable experience and skills. In this role, the Intern will learn and apply processes, and understand industry best practices and trends. Specific areas may include tracking and assistance with RFI’s; processing change orders; general project layout assistance relating to engineering plans and specs; and assisting with the project close out process.

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There are no scholarships at this time, make sure to check back regularly!

Advancing Environmental Review in Southern California, Provide Public Comment Today!

Map that shows various routes between Palmdale and Burbank. The various routes on the map represent map “alternatives” in the environmental review process. Title reads Palmdale to Burbank Project Section. Earlier this month, the Authority released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement for the Palmdale to Burbank project section. This is a formal state and federal process legally required for infrastructure projects to provide communication between the Authority and the communities that the high-speed rail project will impact. The release of the draft document also brings a 90-day public comment period where members of the public can provide comments on the document. You can review the draft document and learn more on the link below.

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LA Metro Youth Council Applications Open

One photo of three students in high school smiling. The students are standing outside. Another photo of a high-school student speaking in front of a podium. The podium has a large M in front, which is the logo for LA Metro. The title of the snippet included on the graphic and reads LA Metro Youth Council Applications Open. In 2021, with the direction of CEO Stephanie Wiggins, LA Metro created its first ever youth council. To incorporate youth voices and ridership experiences in LA Metro transportation services and initiatives, the council provides a group of students ages 14 to 17 with the opportunity to be an influential part of LA Metro. Students go through a competitive application process and can serve as a councilmember for a one-year term. Students are provided exceptional professional development opportunities and access to conversations with some of Los Angeles’ leading voices in transportation. The application period closes on October 14, 2022.

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Summer Construction Tour with Mineta Transportation Institute Youth Program

Two dozen people standing on a viaduct structure in-between the arches where future trains will travel. Everyone is wearing construction vests and hard hats. Have you watched our latest video for student outreach? Earlier this year, we took a group of San Jose high-school students to tour construction in the Central Valley. Take a look at the recap video of a once in a lifetime opportunity for Bay Area students.

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Back to School Central Valley Outreach

Two individuals chatting at a tabling fair. Another photo of an individual holding up an I Will Ride sign. Title in the graphic reads Back to School Central Valley Outreach. Merced, Fresno, and Bakersfield – thank you to all the students, faculty and staff that stopped by one of our outreach tables to chat with our staff! We were happy to Join UC Merced for a club and career fair, Fresno City College for a career fair, Fresno State for an engineering fair and CSU Bakersfield for a Clean Air Day celebration. We look forward to more events in the Central Valley. If you have any follow ups or questions, you can contact us at

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Two individuals chatting at a tabling fair. Booth is surrounded by many others.Someone holding up an I Will Ride sign next to a high-speed rail outreach table. Photo is outside on a sunny day.

Fresno State Railroad Competition Call for Participants and Mentors

Photo of a model train running alongside small plastic toy trees. Photo includes logo that reads Fresno State Transportation Institute. The Fresno State Transportation Institute K-12 Railroad Model Competition is now open for all Fresno County schools! The Authority is one of many proud sponsors of the competition. Organizers are now accepting registrations for the 2023 K-12 Railroad Model Competition. The first 30 schools to sign up will receive the competition kit for free that has a value of more than $1,000. Information sessions are planned for school teams, mentors, and coaches on Sep 23, Sep 28, and Oct 1. To learn more watch the YouTube interview with TSG Multimedia here, or learn more on the Railroad Model Competition webpage. You also find the links if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or a coach/mentor for a school.

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