Chad Edison was reappointed Chief Deputy Secretary for Rail and Transit in September of 2019, where he served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation since 2014. His primary emphasis is on the development and integration of California’s current and future rail and transit network. He is responsible for developing statewide rail plans and programs, as well as the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which is investing more than $6.3 billion of state funding from cap and trade auction proceeds and transportation improvement fees in transit and rail projects between 2015 and 2027. He also serves on the States-Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Committee.
Edison served as Transportation Industry Analyst at the Federal Railroad Administration from 2010 to 2014. He was a Senior Consulting Manager, Consulting Manager and Senior Transportation Consultant at AECOM from 2001 to 2010 and held several positions at the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) from 1996 to 2001, including Senior Manager of Financial Analysis.
Edison earned a Master of Public Policy degree in international trade and finance from the University of Michigan.
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