I am excited to have an opportunity to share insights about the transportation industry. In 2014, I was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Deputy Director of Business Analytics and Commercial Implementation at the California High-Speed Rail Authority helping deliver the nation’s first high-speed rail system. For the Authority, I am responsible for developing the Authority’s business plans, conducting economic and financial analyses, and directing efforts to deliver and implement the program. In my role, I lead the Authority’s efforts to not only build the system but also make it a successful business enterprise, as envisioned by the voters.

Prior to joining the Authority, I worked as a consultant for a variety of public transit and transportation agencies around the country working to improve transit performance. My projects included everything from looking for ways to reduce redundancies and implement efficiencies for the 27! transit agencies in the Bay Area to developing strategic plans for commuter railroads around the country, I have a keen understanding of transportation agencies and how they work.

This blog combines my dual interests in public transportation and hard empirical analysis to provide new insight and data on the services that many of us use every day. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

I hold a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Business Economics and Geography from UCLA.

If you’re interested in contacting me, please email me at blipkin@gmail.com.   You can also check me out on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.

The views expressed on this blog are wholly my own and are not those of the California High-Speed Rail Authority or any other entity.

Photo above was taken at the groundbreaking for the California High-Speed Rail Project in 2015.


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