The first week is off to a great start here in Sacramento! Working at the California High Speed Rail Authority is, well, high speed. The CHSRA, or the Authority for short, occupies three floors of an office building just a few blocks down from the Capitol on L Street and is in charge of overseeing America's biggest infrastructure that will shoot California's transportation system into the 21st century.
I am spending my Cal-in-Sacramento Fellowship within the Authority's External Affairs Division, but I am already seeing what a multi-faceted organization it is. The office has people dedicated to press and public relations, risk management, legal analysis, engineering, and outreach to those affected by the rail's potential routes. Indeed, the high speed train will eventually connect Sacramento to San Diego and connect the state like never before, but it's more than putting wheels to a track to get there.
In my short eight weeks here, I hope to get a peek into all of the different areas of the Authority's operations and its partnership with the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA). In the meantime I hope to keep enjoying the many farmers' markets Sacramento has on offer amidst great Cal-in-Sac company!
Ryan Lynch is a UC Berkeley senior studying political science and public policy. He is interning at the California High Speed Rail Authority as a Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow.