California's High-Speed Rail

2012 National Leadership Conference

CSG Transportation Policy Task Force
Transportation's Uncertain Future: Politics, Roads & High-Speed Rail
May 18, 2012

Finance at the state and federal levels and alternatives to the gas tax are two major topics in the transportation discussion. In addition, as high-speed rail is put on the backburner elsewhere, the dream is still alive in California. This session focused on how infrastruture investment can impact the road construction industry and a company like UPS. Speakers also discussed what California has planned in high-speed rail and what it could mean for the rest of the country.

Presentation by Michael Gillam, Deputy Program Director - Southern California, California High-Speed Rail Authority

California's High-Speed Rail


Michael Gillam
Michael Gillam is an experienced project manager who has been involved in the planning, design, construction and management of rapid transit, railroad and high-speed ground transportation projects throughout the United States and abroad.  He has extensive experience in design, project and construction management.  He and his family spent a total of 11 years overseas, and just returned to the US in June 2010.  He was on the senior management team for the Taiwan High-Speed Rail project for 6 years and then managed Parsons Brinckerhoff’s high-speed rail project in mainland China (Zheng Zhou to Xi’an HSR Line) for 4 years.  He spent another year in Hong Kong on high-speed rail and rail transit business development activities.

Prior to his assignments abroad in Taiwan and China, he was the Area Manager for the PB-Orlando, Florida office from 1996 to 1999, responsible for all aspects of the office operation.  This included business development, client relations, office management and administration, and project performance and control.  He is now responsible for all CHSTP activities in Southern California (from Bakersfield to San Diego) as a member of the Program Management team.