Joseph Vranich is president of Spectrum Location Solutions. Mr. Vranich has been involved in rail passenger issues for more than 40 years. He has advocated building high-speed train systems through public-private partnerships and served as President/CEO of the High-Speed Rail Association in the early 1990s, where he won the Distinguished Service Award. He has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress on high-speed rail and Amtrak-including Amtrak's high-speed Acela program. Early in his career he served as an Amtrak public affairs spokesman.
He has spoken internationally at the invitation of Japan's Ministry of Transport, Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute, European railway suppliers, and addressed a visiting Chinese government delegation in comments that were published in Vital Speeches. Also, he has met with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. General Accountability Office on rail passenger issues and was a U.S. Senate appointee to the Amtrak Reform Council.
Mr. Vranich is co-author of The California High-Speed Rail Proposal: A Due Diligence Report published by Reason Foundation in September 2008, which anticipated many of the project's shortcomings that have come into public view.
He is the author of Supertrains (St. Martin's Press, 1991), a book advocating construction of high-speed rail systems in the U.S. His second work, (St. Martin's, 1997), recommended creation of public-private partnerships and competitive franchising. His most recent book, End of the Line: The Failure of Amtrak Reform and the Future of America's Passenger Trains (AEI Press, 2004), outlined how Amtrak failed to comply with reform laws; it also detailed development of Amtrak's high speed Acela trains and examined railway reforms in 55 nations.
The California high-speed rail project cannot be delivered at the cost promised to taxpayers, is based upon a business plan incapable of delivering on its legal requirements and is justified by proponents based upon unachievable benefits
GAO says "there is increased risk of such things as cost overruns, missed deadlines, and unmet performance targets"
Gov. Brown asks for billions in borrowing even as train system gets slower, shorter and more expensive
Testimony to the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
Policy Study 370
A Blueprint for Sustainable Passenger Rail Service