Since October 2000, James Allison has been with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) management entity for the Intercity Passenger Rail service operating in Northern California. In that capacity, Mr. Allison is the Manager of Planning for new capital/service projects and planning studies along the route. In addition to traditional railway project planning, Mr. Allison leads CCJPA's technology projects including the wireless/wired network. He has been on the forefront of evaluating technologies and business models for wireless networks for passenger train service since 2004 and works in partnership with Amtrak to take advantage of these and other communication, network, and application improvements.
James is a regular speaker at national and international conferences about these topics. He is an avid bicyclist and has also developed and is implementing CCJPA's innovative Bicycle Access Plan. Prior to joining the CCJPA, for ten years James worked for the Bi-State Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in current planning, and later in transportation and as the Air Quality Program Manager. He graduated from the University of California Davis with B.S. Degree in Environmental Planning and Management.