The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building, and operating the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the megaregions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs, and preserve agricultural and protected lands.

When completed, Phase 1 of the high-speed rail system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour. Once the Phase 1 alignment is completed, focus and development of the Phase 2 extensions to Sacramento and San Diego will be begin.

The speakers provide a statewide update on the project, present on the most recognized civil structures either completed or in construction in the Central Valley and close the presentation with a Q&A session featuring civil engineers that are working on the high-speed rail project.

Post-Presentation Notes from Speakers: 1. Phase 2 is in very early stages of conceptualization, but the Merced-Sacramento project section includes four proposed station locations in Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Sacramento. More information on this project section and a proposed alignment map can be found by clicking here: https://hsr.ca.gov/high-speed-rail-in-california/project-sections/merced-to-sacramento/ 2. The Authority, along with various other agencies from the local to the federal level, understand that subsidence is a known and measured phenomenon in the Central Valley and would not have an operational impact on the high-speed rail line. The Authority has issued engineering and contractual direction to address subsidence by adjusting embankments through earthwork, as needed.


Glen Lawson, PE Senior Bridge Engineer

Glen Lawson is a senior bridge engineer for the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s program delivery and quality oversight team and has been with the Authority since 2020. Before coming to the Authority, Lawson worked for Caltrans for 21 years where he spent 17 years in structure construction. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Augie Blancas, Public Information Officer

Augie Blancas is a Public Information Officer with the Ca-High Speed Rail Authority for the Regional office in Fresno, Ca. He is an alumni of Fresno State, where he studied Mass Communications and Media. Augie has served a multitude of rolls in media in the nonprofit sector and now for state government.

Yaqeline Castro, Student Outreach and Engagement

Yaqeline Castro is the Student Outreach Coordinator based out of the Sacramento office. Castro is responsible for stakeholder outreach and strengthening relationships with students and educational institutions statewide. Castro is an alumni from UC Merced where she studied Anthropology with a focus on public policy.

NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS: Viewers of this presentation are eligible for one Professional Development Hour (PDH) unit. While California does not require PDH units to retain registration as a Professional Engineer, adjacent states Oregon and Nevada do. Please find instructions on keeping personal records of PDH units at https://www.oregon.gov/osbeels/Documents/Form/201909_CPDForm.pdf and https://nvbpels.org/license-renewal/, respectively. If personal records for registration in another state don’t suffice please contact the Capital Branch Board at ascesacramentosectioncb@gmail.com.


Now, as a Registered Civil Engineer, Bradley has the pleasure of serving as a Past President of the Sacramento Capital Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. As his presidential term ended, he transitioned directly into a support role in communications to help boost membership and lean into the industry.


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