California HSR picks director

California High-Speed Rail Authority has placed law professor Richard Frank on its board.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) has named legal professor and long-time California Department of Justice official Richard Frank as a director on its board.

The Authority said the appointment of Frank, a professor of environmental practice and director of the California Environmental Law and Policy Center (CELPC) at the University of California, Davis School of Law, completes its nine-member board.

Frank was also executive director for the Center of Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. Prior to becoming a university professor, he had a long career with the California Department of Justice.

In addition to hiring Frank, the CHSRA finalised its previously announced design-build contract with Tutor Perini, Zachary Construction and Parsons for the initial section of the ‘California High-Speed Rail project’.

The CHSRA deemed Tutor Perini, Zachary and Parsons as the best value proposer in the spring. The project, meanwhile, has remained controversial, with think tank the Reason Foundation calling the 800-mile high-speed rail line 'unfeasible'.