California High-Speed Rail: Connecting and Transforming California

Ofelia Alcantara, P.E.
Acting Director of Engineering
California High-Speed Rail Authority

October 17, 2017
4:00-5:50 PM
CS24 Young Hall

Abstract:  The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail (CHSR) 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. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a statewide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs.

In this seminar an overview of the CHSR and its technical challenges will be presented.

Speaker: As the Acting Director of Engineering, Ms. Ofelia P. Alcantara is responsible for the successful delivery of the engineering elements of the high-speed rail program throughout the entire project lifecycle.  Alcantara is responsible for the engineering activities and end products necessary to successfully plan, engineer, procure, design and construct the Authority’s capital projects, including the activities of preliminary engineering for environmental approval, preliminary engineering for procurement, alternative technical concepts, technical review of design-build submittals, system integration, public utilities management, and railroad interfacing.

Alcantara has 30 years of transportation engineering experience in design, construction, maintenance, innovative contracting, consultant oversight, transportation planning, consultant contract management and project management as a Bridge Engineer with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prior to joining the Authority.

Date(s) - Oct 17, 2017
4:00 am - 5:50 am


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