Due to the large scope of the project – the largest public infrastructure project in the nation – the environmental review is being conducted in two parts: a statewide program-level EIR/EIS followed by a more specific project-level EIR/EIS of each of the nine sections of the system. Each project section is moving through this process at a different pace.
The Sacramento to Merced section of the 800-mile system is 110 miles long. From the Sacramento Amtrak Station, the study area runs east and south, roughly paralleling Highway 99 from Elk Grove through the northern San Joaquin Valley to Merced, where it will connect with the Merced to Fresno and Merced to San Jose sections. Stations are planned for Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and Merced.
Once operating, projections estimate 5,300 boardings daily in Merced, with travel time between Merced and Sacramento estimated at 43 minutes. CO2 emissions savings are estimated at about 82.5 lbs. per trip.
Use the Proposed Route Map to view different alignments being considered for each section.
The Sacramento to Merced Section team recently presented its Briefing on Initial Alternatives to the Authority Board on May 6, 2010. Check out the briefing below for more information or join the project team at an upcoming public meeting to learn more.
Sacramento to Merced
San Jose - Merced
Merced - Fresno
The Sacramento to Merced section is currently in Stage 2, Planning: Alternatives Analysis.Learn more about the stages of the project.
Greater Merced High-Speed Rail Committee