Amtrak’s Vacca joins California High-Speed Rail Authority

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) hired Frank Vacca, chief engineer of Amtrak, as its chief program manager. Vacca has more than 35 years of experience in commuter, intercity and high-speed passenger rail systems.

“Frank Vacca is a highly-recognized and respected executive in rail and will be a major asset in delivering high-speed rail to California in his new role as the authority’s chief program manager. Frank’s expertise will help fulfill our ongoing commitment to partner with existing rail systems in building a statewide rail network,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of the CHSRA.

Vacca has a long and varied background in rail management, before he became chief engineer of Amtrak in 2006, he was deputy general manager for infrastructure engineering at New Jersey Transit.

In his new role, Vacca will lead technical and engineering teams as they focus on delivering the high-speed rail project.

The CHSRA is scheduled to begin construction of high-speed rail in 2013.

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