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A student education program at the California High-Speed Rail Authority

The I Will Ride Mission

I Will Ride is designed to inform, educate, inspire and collaborate on the building of California’s high-speed rail. Student members in I Will Ride have access to construction tours, webinars and networking sessions with staff at the Authority.

I Will Ride is an exciting opportunity for students and educational institutions to engage in a growing conversation as we move toward connecting California through high-speed rail while contributing to the state’s economic success and a cleaner environment.

A Response to Changing Times

COVID-19 has kept students away from each other and changed the way they socialize, learn and prepare for their careers. In the coming months, I Will Ride will help keep students safe while focusing on educational and networking events that can be held virtually online in collaboration with colleges and universities.


  1. Networking with professionals
    Network with a wide range of professionals working on the California high-speed rail program.
  2. Construction Tours
    Participate in once-in-a-lifetime high-speed rail construction tours in the Central Valley and at partner transit agency locations throughout the state.
  3. Webinars
    Given the swift transition to virtual platforms – now you can connect with high-speed rail professionals all throughout California by joining a webinar.
  1. Campus and Classroom Presentations
    High-speed rail professionals join a wide range of classrooms as guest lectures to discuss their academic and personal experiences as well as their role on the project.
  2. Jobs and Internships
    Staff at the Authority have welcomed interns, fellows and student assistants throughout the years. Using the experiences they gained at the Authority, students have gone on to work for the Authority and many other exciting spaces.

How to Join

Being a member of I Will Ride will give you access to construction tours, networking opportunities with Authority staff, webinars and regular project updates. This is an educational initiative and requires no cost to participate.

To sign up for I Will Ride, please email with the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Email
  3. What group best describes you
    1. Student
    2. Student and Minor
    3. Teacher
    4. Faculty
    5. Work with students in another capacity
  4. State, “I want to receive notifications for the I Will Ride program at the High-Speed Rail Authority.”

Please note, if you are a minor, please complete a signed consent form to be part the program. Parents/guardians can provide their name and email to receive all notifications and emails that their child receives.

The Authority respects your privacy and will not share the registration list with others except as required by law. Any information you provide is voluntary. This form is subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act. You have the ability to opt-out upon request by emailing We will delete all information gathered on a member upon request.

Past Events

History of I Will Ride

Born in the heart of California’s Central Valley, I Will Ride was founded by college students who support options in mobility and transportation, and the development of California’s high-speed rail system. The founders believed that this significant investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure, mass transit, and transit-oriented development would offer regional connectivity, economic opportunity, and an environmentally friendly alternative for transportation into the 21st Century.

#iwillrideFormer governor Jerry Brown speaks at a press conference during the high-speed rail construction groundbreaking alongside construction workers, advocates and I Will Ride students.

Since the inception of I Will Ride, the Authority has welcomed hundreds of college and university students on construction tours in the Central Valley as part of the initiative’s I Will Ride Day, and has engaged in numerous outreach events, classroom presentations and networking opportunities connecting students to high-speed rail professionals.

Request a Speaker for Your Class or Campus Organization

We offer a wide range of presentations for students. Check out the topics that we cover and request a speaker through the Speakers Bureau. Presentation requests are open for all levels of students; including high-school, trade school, community college, undergraduate and graduate level.

Request a Speaker