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California High Speed Rail Authority CEO Resigns

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, January 12, 2012

Chief Executive Officer Roelof Van Ark announced his resignation at the High Speed Rail Authority's Board meeting in Los Angeles.  He was named to the job in 2010 - news reports say he cited personal reasons for leaving. 

Van Ark oversaw the release of a new updated business plan, which showed the cost of the project had increased to nearly 100-billion dollars. 

In another shakeup, board Chairman Tom Umberg announced he'll nominate Governor Jerry Brown's appointee, Dan Richard to take his own place.

Brown has remained a staunch supporter of high speed rail. However, many lawmakers have been questioning the ballooning cost of the project as well as a decision to begin construction in the Central Valley, instead of larger population centers.   A recent survey showed voters have growing concerns about the project. 




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