Zatarain to Lead WSP USA Station Access Planning For California High-Speed Rail

Ken Zatarain


WSP USA has appointed Ken Zatarain, who is based in WSP’s Portland office, to lead station access planning for the California High-Speed Rail program. In his new position, he will work with state and local jurisdictions to develop plans, policies and implementation strategies for the rail system’s stations. 

Before joining WSP USA, Zatarain worked for 30 years at TriMet in Portland where he most recently served as director of service delivery, responsible for transportation management, planning, scheduling, workforce development and service reliability. During his years at TriMet, he was instrumental in the development of the region’s transit system from a medium-sized bus operation to its current multimodal transportation system. 

Zatarain earned a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of New Orleans. He has been a member of the American Public Transportation Association (co-chair, environmental justice/title VI subcommittee), National Association of City Transportation Officials, and the International Association of Public Transport. 

The California High-Speed Rail Authority will build the nation’s first high-speed rail system, traveling from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. WSP USA is Rail Delivery Partner to the California High-Speed Rail Authority.