Asha and others have periodically posted job and/or meeting announcements from "Women in Transportation" (a multi-chapter organinzation: http://www.wtsinternational.org)
With that connection in mind.....I thought some might find this award inspiring.
Group names HSRA official Carrie Pourvahidi "Woman of the Year"
Posted by: "12/22 dBusinessNews"
Published Monday, December 22, 2008, by dBusinessNews
"Women in Transportation" Names High-Speed Rail Deputy Director
Carrie Pourvahidi Woman of the Year
SACRAMENTO -- California High-Speed Rail Authority Deputy Director
Carrie Pourvahidi has been named the Woman of the Year by the
Sacramento Chapter of the Women in Transportation (WTS).
The annual award honors "a woman who is an outstanding role model
and has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in
transportation." Pourvahidi, who was recognized for her "outstanding
contributions to the regional transportation community," has been a
long-time advocate for building a world-class high-speed train system
"It's a pleasure to work with so many impressive women who are making
their mark on transportation issues," said Pourvahidi. "I'm also
thrilled that the stars have aligned perfectly so that we can finally
make high-speed trains in California a reality. We've been thinking
about it, and planning for it, now we're on the verge of implementing,
which is very exciting.
"Our system is poised to boost California's economy at a critical
time. Californians want good jobs and less congestion. I'm proud to
work on a project that addresses both needs in an environmentally
Pourvahidi is 10-year veteran of the California High-Speed Rail
Authority. WTS is an international organization dedicated to the
advancement of women in transportation by promoting excellence,
growth, opportunity, and recognition. The organization provides
an interactive forum for the advancement of multi-modal
transportation issues. For additional information, visit
Carrie Pourvahidi joined the California High-Speed Rail Authority
(Authority) in 1998 as the Chief Fiscal Officer. In 2001, Carrie
became one of two Deputy Directors for the Authority. She is currently
in charge of directing the work of the Program Management Team as well
as the preliminary engineering and environmental efforts currently
underway in the three regions stretching from Sacramento to Los
Carrie comes to this position with experience in transportation
finance, having held positions at Business, Transportation and
Housing Agency and the Department of Transportation. She is also
directing development of the Financing Plan for the entire high-
speed train program.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for building
high-speed train service covering 800 miles at speeds over 220 MPH.
Voters approved Proposition 1A on the November 2008 ballot, putting a
down payment on what will be America's first high-speed train system.
By linking all major cities in California with a state of the art new
transportation option, California's high-speed train system will
increase mobility while cutting air pollution and reducing the
greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Building the
high-speed train system will cost less than half the cost of freeway
and aviation alternatives. Operating the system will create an annual
surplus of over $1 billion.
For route information, visual simulations and more, please visit
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