Californians for High Speed Rail (CA4HSR) announced today that it has elected a new Board of Directors, new Officers, and formed a Board of Advisers. Three of the new board members are associated with the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP).
CA4HSR supports California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, citing its environmental and economic benefits and attempting to counter groups opposed to the project. If completed as planned, supporters contend that the project will connect major California cities with electrified passenger trains capable of speeds of 200 mph, with a resultant reduction in fossil fuel and air pollutants.
One of the new board members, Troy Hightower, is from Bakersfield. A big supporter of HSR, Hightower believes that HSR is necessary to meet California’s future transportation needs. His company, TDH Associates International, has been involved with renewable energy and transportation related projects worldwide since 1986. He has been working closely with California State University Bakersfield and Kern County to support construction of the HSR “backbone” in the San Joaquin Valley.
The other new board members are:
- George Chilson, former Chairman of NARP
- Larry Scott, who is currently serving as assistant to NARP’s Chairman
- Dennis Lytton, a council member of NARP
- Andy Likuski, who currently works with Calthorpe Associates on the Vision California project.
The new officers are:
- George Chilson – Chairman
- Daniel Krause – President (will continue to serve as Executive Director)
- Dennis Lytton – Vice-President (Dennis is also serving as an official Spokesperson)
- Ryan Stern – Treasurer
- Bianca Walser – remains Secretary
The new board of advisers will be led by Paola Stuff, who has a long history of helping non-profits grow. She will be joined by former board member and Chairman Robert Cruickshank. Additional advisers will be named in the next few months.
CA4HSR is a grassroots, statewide coalition of HSR supporters that was founded in 2008. Its mission is to educate, inform, and organize Californians about ways they can help make high-speed rail a reality in the Golden State.
CA4HSR believes that the addition of NARP members to its board will strengthen its efforts. According to the NARP, its mission is to “…work for a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want. NARP is the largest national membership advocacy organization for train and rail transit passengers. We have worked since 1967 to expand the quality and quantity of passenger rail in the United States. Our work is supported by around 20,000 individual members.”