|Mr. van Ark quickly established himself
as capable of the position. He spoke clearly of CAHSR. He mentioned
that his first job was project manager of a 100 freight railroads in South
Africa. He enjoys steam railroads and there still are some in S. Africa.
He was on the Maglev board at Siemens. He is a California resident
and U.S. Citizen.
European and Asian residents demand HSR to come to their cities and buy homes near rail stations such as his home in New York which was 5 minutes to a rail station.
Roelof van Ark
CEO, California High Speed Rail Authority
Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, is diversifying. He has invested in a new Italian fast-rail company, along with Diego della Valle, president of Tod’s, creator of the famous Italian driving shoe."Profitable" high speed rail means paying back the cost of maintaining the infrastructure, not the cost of building HSR.
The new company, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, or N.T.V., plans to offer high-speed rail travel from Italian cities beginning in 2011, a service it sees as an alternative to airlines (notably the languishing Alitalia). Recent rail line improvements have made it possible for trains to rival airlines in the time it takes to get from Rome to Milan, the Economist reports.